I’ve noticed that when women get pregnant they tend to go one of two ways with their attitude towards exercise. They either wrap themselves in cotton wool and sit on the couch for 9 months, too afraid to exercise in case they do the wrong thing; or they think they need to be super healthy and active to look after their baby and push themselves too hard – especially if they weren’t doing any exercise before they got pregnant.
I’ve been continuing with my Xtend Barre workouts since being pregnant (although due to crazy work schedules coupled with extreme pregnancy exhaustion I’ve dropped down to 1-2 classes per week) and it’s been such a great help. I know it’s keeping my body in good condition for pregnancy and afterwards and it’s been really helping minimise the back and rib pains I’ve been getting.
One of the things I asked about when starting Xtend Barre was what it was like for exercising during pregnancy. I knew when I started in July last year that babies were not far off in my future and I wanted to make sure I had a type of exercise I not only liked doing but that could keep doing during pregnancy and after I had the baby.
Natasha, the lovely owner of Xtend Barre Canberra, was quick to tell me that not only could I continue to do Xtend Barre during pregnancy but it was actually one of the best types of exercise you could do during pregnancy as it can help maintain fitness and muscle tone without putting any unnecessary pressure on your body!
As you would know from my first couple of posts about Xtend Barre, I was well and truly hooked on it. It’s so much fun and I’ve seen such awesome results, and this has continued into my pregnancy.
So over the next couple of months I’ll be sharing some posts on how my exercise during pregnancy is going, and in particular my experience with Xtend Barre as a soon to be mumma!
Exercising when you’re pregnant is different to exercising when you’re not. There is no way to get around that. Your body is changing and your exercise regime needs to change with it. And that definitely does not mean stopping altogether!
I’ve found Xtend Barre to be an awesome workout to be doing during pregnancy as all the instructors are trained in how to modify exercises to adapt to a pregnant body at all stages, and they take the time to tell you what things you can do, and what things you can’t.
They are all so lovely and make sure to work with you to get the right technique to make sure you’re still getting a great workout while protecting both your body and the baby! And it is definitely still a workout!!
The main thing I’ve found about exercising during pregnancy is that it’s all about maintenance. You really want to just maintain your pre-pregnancy strength and fitness level. Now is not the time to be pushing yourself and potentially hurting you and the baby. But I’m very glad to know that all that hard work I did before getting pregnant won’t go to waste while my body is going through all these changes, and not only that, keeping up with my exercise will actually help my body adapt to the pregnancy and help with post-partum recovery!
If you want to find out more about Xtend Barre, check out their website and see if there is a studio near you! If you’re in Canberra I highly recommend coming and trying it out, it’s honestly the best workout I’ve ever done.
Did you continue to exercise during your pregnancy?