It’s really no secret that after childbirth a woman’s bladder is never quite the same. I have a long history of bladder “issues” stemming right back to my childhood. I took medicines, different treatments and I had a small operation to help said issues, and around a year before I fell pregnant I was finally free from monthly bladder infections. Despite this extensive history no one ever really took into account how this would be further affected by childbirth. It weakens even the strongest of bladders and someone really should have pointed me in the right direction when it came to pelvic floor (kegals) and pre-natal exercise.
Also, I will be the first to admit that the minute I found out I was pregnant with Harry I immediately put my feet up and “ate for two”. I didn’t see or know the importance of pre-natal exercise until I had a bit of a difficult labour and a long recovery afterwards. It also took longer to get my bod into some sort of normal looking state! In my next pregnancy (hang on.. don’t get excited just yet) I 100% plan to eat healthier and to exercise! I mean it’s not like I will be putting my feet up with one child already in tow, is it!!?
There is a whole range of benefits from a bit of light exercise during pregnancy, not just strengthening that pelvic floor or getting that pre-baby-body back! This infographic from HFE pretty much sums it up as well as giving you a range of exercise’s for each trimester. It also gives you advice for using gym equipment and information on when you should stop exercising, if you experience any unexpected symptom
I found this infographic SO useful as I had no idea that pre-natal exercise could be so beneficial, I have pinned it to one of my Pinterest boards for future use!!!
*I worked on this blog post with HFE.co.uk but all opinions expressed are my own