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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED – KEEPING FIT SAFELY THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY

Want to know more about keeping fit safely throughout your pregnancy?

In this video lactation consultant Lynne Hall talks to pre and post natal fitness expert Rachel Livingstone about exercising during pregnancy and how to decide what is best for you and your baby. Rachel answers popular questions like:

When recommended guidelines are so general, how do you know what is right for you?

If you are a regular exerciser should you continue as usual throughout your pregnancy?

What if you have ‘doubts’ even though you are exercising well within guidelines?

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED – EXERCISING IN EARLY PREGNANCY

Want to learn more about exercising during the first trimester of pregnancy?

In this video lactation consultant Lynne Hall talks to pre and post natal fitness expert Rachel Livingstone about keeping active during the first few weeks of pregnancy and the worries and questions expectant mothers may have. Rachel answers popular questions like:

Is it safe to exercise during the first trimester of pregnancy?

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EXERCISE HELPS YOU SAIL THROUGH MENOPAUSE

Whilst every woman must go through menopause, the intensity of the symptoms will vary from woman to woman – and can be influenced by a healthy lifestyle.

You may have heard horror stories of hot flushes that feel like you are on fire and night sweats that drench the bed. But, the reality is only about 30% of women experience severe symptoms of menopause. The rest chug on through this life transition with only mild discomfort, especially if they exercise. And you don’t have to wait until menopause starts to get started. Build up exercise credits in the bank now and you’ll be a step ahead in reaping the benefits.

Research shows that just a 10% reduction in weight can alleviate the symptoms of menopause. If there weren’t already enough reasons to watch your weight, from wearing your favourite jeans, to preventing diabetes, here is one more.

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WHY EXERCISING IN PREGNANCY MAKES YOU HAPPIER

The ‘feel good’ factor of exercise is a great tool to support you on your journey through pregnancy – and motherhood.

Sleep – exercise relaxes the body and increases production of sleep inducing melatonin, allowing you to fall asleep more easily. During REM sleep you process the memories of the day and get psychological recovery. Deep sleep is a time for physical repair and restoration of your chemical balance. So, a little extra sleep helps you feel refreshed and ready to cope with your day.

Movement – Moving your skeleton and muscles releases stored up tension in the body, keeping you mobile and ache free. Working your heart and lunges improves circulation. The more efficient delivery of oxygen and nutrients and removal of carbon dioxide, toxins and waste, keeps your body functioning, and your baby developing, at their optimum.

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