Training + Nutrition While Pregnant


So this is an area which a lot of people aren’t 100% sure of. I have dealt with manyclients who as soon as they find out they are pregnant, they stop going to the gym because they think they will cause harm to the baby. You are wrong, training when pregnant is very healthy.

Training

So you’ve just found out the excellent news, but then you start to ask yourself….

What am I going to do about the gym?

Am I going to cause harm to the baby if I exercise?

Shall I just go back to the gym after I have given birth?

No, please don’t stop exercising. Exercise is very healthy, even right up until the latter stages of your pregnancy.  Yes there are lots of adaptations which need to be considered but keeping active while pregnant is still very healthy.  My advice is not to take up a new sport / exercise regime once you are pregnant, but stick with your current plan with the approval of your midwife.  There are things to look out for when training, avoiding prone exercises (facing down with pressure on the belly area) and laying flat on your back for periods of time especially from the 2nd trimester onwards are a few of them, but you’ll be advised by your midwife on this.

When pregnant Relaxin levels rise. Relaxin is a hormone in the body which relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens / widens the cervix. Relaxin will remain in your system for a long period even after giving birth. Taking this into account you need to be very careful when performing exercises in the gym due to high levels of this hormone.

A final few tips for you….

During pregnancy women should avoid

  • Alcohol + High levels of Caffeine. Studies recommend limiting your caffeine to no more than 200mg per day. With our breakfast shake contains 150mg of caffeine per serving, you will still be under the daily recommended limit. But I would recommend speaking your midwife before use of our product to get the approval
  • Tobacco
  • Raw eggs + Raw seafood (harmful bacteria)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • More than 6 ounces of fish per week due to metal contamination
  • Empty calories eg sugar / junk

Team ‘On The Go Nutrition’