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    Default Exercise in Pregnancy - Your advice wanted!

    Hello there!

    I am a studying midwife working with women in continuity settings. As a young midwife and a personal trainer with a keen interest in fitness and nutrition, I have decided to start a business specialising in fitness training and nutrition for women before, during and after pregnancy in Canberra.

    I'd like to start developing a couple of information packs to get the ball rolling and am hoping you could please tell me as mothers to be, and/or mothers with babies already, what kind of information would you find useful??

    Thank you so much in advance, best wishes!

    Katie

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    Default Re: Exercise in Pregnancy - Your advice wanted!

    great idea. i was scared to exercise when pregnant cuz i thought it may harm my baby.. now im finding it had to lose the weight
    so i would say get lots of info about safely exercising in preg and what not to do to make the person confident they and their baby will be ok following your exercise plan.

    also use facts like how some people say its ok to eat such and such foods well just have a fact of if u eat this food this is why its bad for u and baby.

    hope o have read and answered your question properly that's just what i found i didn't have during pregnancy

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    Default Exercise in Pregnancy - Your advice wanted!

    The main thing I see on bubhub is people wondering whether their exercise routine is safe while pregnant so maybe some suggestions on ways to alter the workout or target areas of the body to assist pregnancy and labour?

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    Default Exercise in Pregnancy - Your advice wanted!

    How to maintain a healthy diet and weight when all you feel you can eat (that doesn't make you gag or throw up) is junk! I am 18 weeks and have been sick pretty much the entire time, the only thing that helps is eating... And I'm not talking apples and oranges.... I have put on 6kg already and need to sensibly slow that weight gain down now I am starting to feel better - although have limited time for dedicated exercise... :-( Suggestions for meal plans welcome!

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    This is great initiative, OP. Lots of us find that the information we get from obs and midwives is too general for our specific routines.

    In addition to what PP have mentioned:
    - clear instructions for good pelvic floor and abdominal exercises
    - how to tell if you're overdoing it, heart rates, talk test etc
    - how long to exercise for, 1/2 hr a day or every second day?
    - the use of recovery / compression garments post pregnancy, do they help, what to look for in this kind of clothing, websites that may sell these products
    - some info on DVT prophylaxis may help for those travelling, leg exercises etc
    - tips to combat carpal tunnel syndrome, any exercises physios may suggest, with diagrams
    - how to support your belly when sleeping

    Best of luck with your venture!

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    I actually started a thread about this because it was very much on my mind before I gave up exercising because I was worried about hurting the baby. Before pregnancy I was doing 4-5 high intensity aerobics classes and step classes per week. When I fell pregnant I tried to talk to my GP and OB about it but they seemed pretty disinterested in giving helpful advice. I got the impression that since I wasn't overweight, they didn't see it as an issue.

    My instruction was no Step, no aerobics (Attack), my OB asked if I was a bit obsessive. I was told to do what I want, just don't overheat. Trouble is that no one could tell me what 'overheating' means in the context of exercise, ie, is it breaking a sweat, getting red in the face etc. I was given a pamphlet on yoga, which I can't do because of a medical condition (and, really, for us cardio freaks, yoga is just not going to cut it).

    In the end I gave up and have done no exercise at all since February.

    So basically, precise information on exercise for people who are not fat would be more helpful than most of the stuff out there!

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    I actually joined a cardio pregnancy class that was run in my local area. It is fantastic and if you are a personal trainer etc would you consider doing something like that? The class was run on a fit ball and was so helpful. The instructor is so helpful in suggesting different streghes that can be done to help with different preg pains etc.

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    Katie, when you do get your business going, i'd be really interested in it

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    this is a fantastic idea OP! I have only just found out i'm pregnant, and although already struggling tiredness as someone who was doing 6 days a week at the gym i'd like to be able to maintain around 4 days a week but i'm not sure what in my current exercise plan needs to go and what can stay. i was actually in the middle of trying to lose weight as i'm still about 15kg overweight and DH and i werent actually TTC. i hope my GP doesnt give me **** for being overweight lol

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    Exercise tips when you're pregnant:
    • Always warm up before exercising, and cool down afterwards.
    • Try to keep active on a daily basis: half an hour of walking each day can be enough, but if you can't manage that, any amount is better than nothing.
    • Avoid any strenuous exercise in hot weather.
    • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
    • If you go to exercise classes, make sure your teacher is properly qualified, and knows that you’re pregnant and how many weeks pregnant you are.
    • You might like to try swimming because the water will support your increased weight. Some local swimming pools provide aquanatal classes with qualified instructors.

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