A few weeks ago I started talking about how I’ve been keeping up with my exercise with Xtend Barre even during my pregnancy. As I’ve been continuing with my workouts, and moving into the start of my third trimester(!), I’m learning just how different exercising during pregnancy is from your usual exercise.
Obviously your body is changing, and your priority is both your own health and the wellbeing of your unborn child. Being pregnant definitely doesn’t mean putting the brakes on when it comes to exercise though! It just means you have to adapt and modify what you’ve been doing pre-pregnancy to make sure it’s safe for you and bubba.
There is no sense in doing exactly the same thing as you were doing pre-pregnancy. Your body is changing constantly and you have to adapt all parts of your life to your new body, including exercise.
In Xtend Barre, unlike a lot of other forms of exercise, there is a pregnancy appropriate modification for almost everything so you can still do a full workout (and trust me, it is definitely still a workout!). It’s so nice to be doing exercise I’m already comfortable with and know so well. I can’t imagine having to stop doing exercise I loved and starting a whole new form of pregnancy safe exercise when so much else is changing!
You pretty quickly figure out what is safe and what isn’t. The instructors are really good at reminding you what modification you should be making, and what things you shouldn’t be doing during the class.
I’ve found Xtend Barre really helpful for listening to my body as well. Doing regular classes for about 6 months before I was pregnant meant that I was fairly in tune with my body and I was already used to listening to it. Knowing where my limits were and when I could legitimately push myself further. I’ve really found that it’s helped in adapting the routines in the classes around my ever increasing belly. I know what my body is capable of and where I need to ease off a little bit more.
I’m also hoping that through doing Xtend Barre and learning to listen to my body, it will make the labour and birth experience a lot easier because I’m used to having my body tell me what it’s wants to do and what position I need to be in.
Listening to your body is so important while exercising during pregnancy, or exercising at any time really! It’s really important that if you feel a bad stretch or twinge you stop and adjust. Your body will be the best judge of what you can and can’t do.
Oddly enough, I’ve found stretching to be one of the hardest things to work around my ever expanding belly. You don’t realise just how much stretching is done in positions that just don’t work with a big belly until you’re pregnant!
All my instructors have been really helpful in showing me some new ways to stretch so that I get a good stretch and don’t hurt myself. Doing a lot of the stretches at the barre has really helped – I can do a lot of leg stretches with one leg up on the barre and still get a really good stretch.
I did have to take a couple of weeks off while I was sick to make sure I got some good rest and could recover properly, so today was my first class back in almost 3 weeks! It felt nice to get back to some exercise and I could take it as easy as I needed to.
I do my classes at Xtend Barre Canberra with Natasha and her awesome team, they really feel like family and it was great to be back into it today after spending the last few weeks too sick to do anything. I definitely recommend checking out their classes if you’re looking for a new form of exercise, especially if you’re thinking of having a baby anytime soon.
What was the hardest part of exercising for you while you were pregnant?
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