I am really confused about how, when and where to exercise during pregnancy. I love fitness and am pretty fit. Usually, each week I do 1 Body Pump class, 1 or 2 RPM classes, and 1 or 2 reformer pilates classes.
Here is what I have been told:
Then I looked into doing Preggi Bellies classes but the times don't suit me, and seeing as I'm paying for a gym membership I'm worried it will get really expensive.
- Mum, stepmum and MIL: all say absolutely not, that exercise dangerous and I am putting baby's safety at risk. All say just rest for 9 months. Do not lift anything, no weights, no cardio.
- GP: says "light" exercise is fine but "don't overdo it" and "don't overheat." I don't know what "overdoing it" means - by definition when I exercise I sweat and get hot and my heartrate and breathing increases.
- Fitness First: I just rang them and they said I can see a Personal Trainer but he is really expensive and apparently I can't just go in and use the gym on my own, it has to be in a session with him. The manager advised me against doing group fitness classes - he said they are good for general fitness but not designed for pregnancy.
I have ordered the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project DVD but am worried it won't keep me fit enough.
Argh! What are you ladies doing for exercise? Where can I get reliable advice from? I don't want to wait for the ob as I'm not seeing him until 10 weeks.