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Pre and postnatal fitness advice

September 1, 2010

Maintaining a healthy exercise regime whilst you are pregnant and after having a baby is just as important, if not more important, than at any other point in your life. After listineing to our readers however we learnt that many of you are still unclear about the why, where and when of exercising safely during this time. So  Sportsister has launched a pre and postnatal exercise section to help you find out all you need to know.

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We will be adding to this page all our articles that relate to pre and postnatal fitness – so be sure to check back for the latest features.

Over recent years pre and postnatal exercise has received an increasing amount of attention with its benefits now widely accepted by fitness professional and within the health care industry.

Lately BBC news, GMTV and BBC Radio 4 have all run stories promoting the need to exercise during and after pregnancy, but the question still remains – what exercise is actually safe to do during pregnancy?

Sportsister has teamed up with Fitness4Mum to answer your questions. Simply email us at fitness4mum@sportsister.com with anything you would like to ask.

Fitness4Mum is one of the country’s leading brands in
pre and postnatal exercise, the services and information
they provide are helping to educate mum’s across the
country on why, how and where to exercise. We have teamed up with them to bring you a regular
column on sportsister.com where you can have all your questions about exercising before and after
having a baby, answered by an expert.
Simply email us at fitness4mum@sportsister.com with anything you would like to ask.

Fitness4Mum is one of the country’s leading brands in pre and postnatal exercise, the services and information they provide are helping to educate mum’s across the country on why, how and where to exercise. We have teamed up with them to bring you a regular column on sportsister.com where you can have all your questions about exercising before and after having a baby, answered by an expert.

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About Fitness4Mum

Fitness4Mum is a website dedicated to educating women on how and why to exercise during and after pregnancy. You can post questions in the forum, read articles and download example exercise videos all free of charge. They also run some pre and postnatal classes, which are proving really popular and getting great results, based in Yorkshire. You can also download one of the online training programmes, which are great if you want to exercise at home, travel a lot or simply want to take it to the gym. You can download them onto your desktop or iPod/iPhone.

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To read more articles or to ask a question visit www.fitness4mum.com or contact us at info@fitness4mum.com. Thanks for reading!

Why is it good to exercise during pregnancy?

Research over recent years has shown that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy are more likely to:

• have a shorter labour

• have a drug free labour

• gain less weight during pregnancy

• have a quicker emotional and physical recovery

• have better energy levels

• have healthier babies

• have less incidence of gestational diabetes

• avoid getting postnatal depression

These are just a few of the huge array of benefits that active prenatal women are likely to get out of exercising. Although its obvious how beneficial prenatal exercise is it still remains important to be aware of how to exercise – knowing what is safe to do, how to do it and at what intensity to exercise at is vital!

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Pre-natal-exercise-3-miniPre and post natal fitness: The truth about sit ups

For lots of new mums losing ‘baby weight’ can be a battle. Follow our expert advice to make sure you exercise safely and effectively, achieving the results you want.

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Pre and post natal fitness: Exercising after a C-section

Pre-and-post-natal1#If you are due to, or have had, a c-section and aren’t quite sure what the protocol is when it comes to exercising, our expert outlines exactly what you need to know.  Click here for more

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Pre-natal-exercise-miniPre and postnatal fitness: Running whilst pregnant – by the experts at Fitness4Mum: Many fit and active women find themselves reassesing their exercising routines when they are pregnant. If you’re a runner and aren’t sure what’s safe and what’s not, during those nine months, dont fear – we have the answers! Click here for more.

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Pre-natal-exercise-miniThe basics of exercising whilst pregnant – by the experts at Fitness4Mum: Fitness4Mum answers some of the basic questions about exercising whilst pregnant and invites you to send in your questions to them. This feature looks at the intensity at which you shodul be working. Click here for more.

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Lucy-and-Lottie-miniLucy and Lottie Get Fit blog: Sportsister’s new blog is written by Lucy, a first time mum battling to get back to her sporty and active lifestyle with 16 week old Lottie in tow. Read about her experiences as she tries out a number of different classes aimed at post natal fitness. Click here for more.

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Pre-natal-exercise-miniA beginner’s guide to prenatal exercise: An essential read for all mums to be, Sportsister outlines the key points you need to know about exercising whilst pregnant. Participating in regular exercise whilst pregnant is going to be hugely beneficial to both you and your baby. Click here for more.

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Post-natal-exercise-miniA beginner’s guide to – postnatal exercise: An essential read for all new mums, Sportsister outlines the key points you need to know about exercising after giving birth. Whether you are keen to get back to your pre pregnancy routine, or want to start exercising for the first time, this is a must-read. Click here for more.

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