Working out in the gym using resistance machines can be a safe, suitable and effective pregnancy exercise, toning and strengthening your muscle – but be prepared to adapt your usual exercise routine as your pregnancy progresses – don’t push yourself too hard! Even if you’ve been lifting weights for a while, check with a qualified fitness trainer for advice on adjusting your technique during pregnancy.
Make sure you warm up and cool down; aim to use lighter weights and increase the number of repetitions; avoid any position that might leave you vulnerable to a falling weight and remember the talk test!
What’s the best maternity gymwear?
Looking good if you workout in the gym when pregnant is an important confidence booster – choose maternity fitness wear that won’t look out of place. The FittaMamma High Support Pregnancy Exercise Top is ideal, holding your baby bump so you feel comfortable and secure, supporting your back, hips and pelvis and looking stylish too! Team it with supportive maternity exercise leggings, supportive three-quarter length pants or maternity exercise shorts. CoolDdry technology incorporated into the FittaMamma range will keep you fresh and cool during your pregnancy workout session.
Layer your maternity workout gear with a vest top from the ‘Me & My Baby Range’ – ‘Staying Fit Together’ is perfect for the gym!
Pregnancy exercise classes
Dedicated prenatal exercise classes are a good way to stay fit during pregnancy with a qualified instructor who can make sure there exercise routine is suitable for pregnant women. Classes are ideal if you’re new to exercise and a great way to meet other mums-to-be. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and fuelled – keep a bottle of water handy and have an energy boosting snack before your class.
What maternity activewear works best for a class?
The FittaMamma Pregnancy Workout Support Top is a good choice, providing excellent support for bump and boobs but allowing a good level of movement and flexibility. It won’t ride up when you move, sitting snugly around your hips and pelvis. It’s flattering too! If your class is quite gentle choose the FittaMamma maternity yoga pants to go with the top – they’ll support your bump but with a more relaxed fit on the legs. For more vigorous pregnancy exercise classes you might prefer supportive maternity exercise leggings.