Exercises for fit mums
Wednesday 19 May 2010
Pregnancy and exercising has always been a tricky subject - you don't want to do too much or too little!
We have got the low-down on the right workouts for ladies who are trying to conceive, expecting mums and those who have given birth already.
Trying for a baby
You might want to take note of recent findings suggesting that moderate intensity exercise is a good choice for ladies looking to conceive.
Swedish researchers have discovered that women who go for an intense full-on workout are three times more likely to have fertility problems than those who opt for a lighter form of exercise - there is something to be said for that old saying ‘less is more!’
Don't be nervous about exercising when in 'the family way' - a study has revealed that workout sessions three times a week are not only great for your own health, but can also reduce the risk of having an overweight baby by 28%.
A heavier baby can cause complications at birth whereas keeping fit leads to a happier and healthier mother and baby. However, you should always consult your doctor to get an expert opinion on what's safe and healthy for you as an individual.
Meanwhile, breast-feeding new mums should consider weight-bearing activities, such as running, to protect against the loss of calcium and bone mineral density. According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, these are essential minerals for breastfeeding. Again, consult a doctor to find out how soon and how much you can exercise after giving birth.
By Emma Clifford
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