Is exercising while pregnant safe? In most cases, the answer is yes — it’s even recommended. If you were physically active before you got pregnant, it’s likely safe to remain active during your pregnancy, as long as there are no health risks — be sure to talk to your doctor about what’s right for you. Here are just a few of the benefits of exercising during pregnancy:
- Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling
- Improves sleep
- Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
- Increases energy
- Improves mood
- Improves posture
Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and can improve your ability to cope with labour. Regular exercise may also make it easier for you to get back in shape after your baby is born.
4 Places in London to Try Pre- and Post-natal Classes
If you’re pregnant and looking for a prenatal fitness class in London, Ontario, there are so many options to stay healthy and active right in town. If you’re postpartum, many of these locations also offer programs suitable and safe for this period.
Rebirth Wellness Centre
Rebirth Wellness Centre is a wonderful one-stop-shop for expectant and new mothers with many exercise programs and classes. Their prenatal yoga class is known as one of London’s “go-to” yoga programs for pregnant women, focusing on creating a supportive community during and after practice. Safe for all stages of pregnancy, Rebirth’s prenatal fitness classes focus on keeping and building strength, building core strength, and increasing endurance as you prepare for birth. For those looking for a safe and effective postpartum class, Rebirth hosts a specialized restorative core program and postpartum yoga. For those looking for a regular workout as their child grows older, they also host stroller bootcamp to connect with other parents in London.
A small, independent fitness and training studio in London, Ontario, ANDFIT prides itself in providing personalized fitness classes for women at all stages of life — including during pregnancy, the postpartum period, and beyond. Their skilled team includes those who specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, and they also teach stroller bootcamp and child-friendly workouts!
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During all stages of pregnancy, Yoga Shack offers prenatal yoga classes for women to attend with the support of their healthcare practitioner. You’ll learn specific prenatal postures and vocal toning to strengthen and tone muscles and to relax the body in preparation for birth.
Body Mind Fitness
Located in the Lambeth neighbourhood, Body Mind Fitness hosts a variety of exercise classes for pregnant women and those who are postpartum. Their six-week Yoga for Mobility & Strength program is prenatal and postnatal friendly with a focus on building strength and stability. Their core and pelvic health yoga is a great option for the postnatal period. It explores yoga poses, strength movements, breathwork, and myofascial release to create lasting, functional strength. Body Mind Fitness also has a prenatal class for moms and babies!
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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
In addition to continuing to exercise before and after pregnancy, chiropractic care is something you may also consider pre and postnatal. Many case studies reveal that chiropractic has been shown to clinically help pregnant women with:
- Back pain
- Breech presentation
- Dystocia (obstructed labor)
- Emotional and mental stress
- Intrauterine constraint (external forces that prevent a smooth, normal vaginal birth – responsible for several skeletal malformations)
Learn more about the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy and the benefits for kids in my blog.
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