Fitness and pregnancy: I continued cycling until 38 weeks pregnant and my baby was fine
Many women wonder if it's safe to stay active while pregnant, especially as pregnantChloe Madeley has received backlash for sharing snaps of herself in the gym – but personal trainer Amy Buckler-Smith insists that it’s safe to keep fit during pregnancy.
Chloe, who also works in the fitness realm, was inundated with questions after posting photos of herself working out, with a common theme being whether it’s safe to be so active while pregnant.
Olympian Sarah Coxsley has received similar criticism after sharing snaps of herself on a climbing wall when 39 weeks pregnant.
With this in mind, we spoke to Amy, 33, who, as well as keeping fit, continued to cycle throughout her pregnancy with her first child all the way up to 38 weeks.
Amy gave birth to a healthy little boy two years ago, and has continued to stay active through her current second pregnancy too.
Chatting to OK! Online, she said: “It never crossed my mind to not continue staying active when I fell pregnant.
“The only negative comments I personally received was when I continued to cycle while pregnant. Before [my son] was born we didn't have a car, so my main mode of transport was cycling and public transport as and when, and then suddenly Covid hit.
“I felt totally fine [cycling] and I did all the research and figured that me being on my bike was far more safer than going on public transport while pregnant during a pandemic.”
Amy went on: “Even my husband was a bit twitchy about me cycling at times. He was fine during my first trimester but when he could see the bump, it made it a lot more real for him. I said, as soon as I don’t feel safe, I’ll stop, and I actually ended up cycling until I was 38 weeks pregnant.
“I managed to carry on a lot longer than I expected!”
With her positive experience and fitness expertise in mind, Amy branded it as “so important to stay active during pregnancy”.
“It’s obviously not the time to take up an intensive new exercise regime, but if you were active before getting pregnant then you can just carry on what you were doing, as long as its not scuba diving or skydiving,” she explained.
“If you weren’t exercising before pregnancy, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise – you just start very lightly, even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes a day.”
Amy also highlighted the fact that keeping active doesn’t just mean hitting the gym.
She told us: “I think people feel they have to go to the gym in order to exercise, when you can actually just do a 20 minute workout at home. That’s what I’m a big advocate of.”
In regards to any complete new starters, Amy advised just going for walks. She also spoke of the importance of going kegels, which are pelvic floor exercises which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.
Amy says it’s best to do 10 kegels, three times a day. One way to do this is by breathing in, and tightening your pelvic floor muscles on the exhale as this engages the whole core.
Amy also added that “listening to your body is key”.
You can get more tips and tricks from Amy via her website.
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