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Newborn photographer in Fareham view on exercising during pregnancy….

Newborn photographer in Fareham view on exercising during pregnancy….This week is Walk to Work week, however I’m sure that as most of you are working from home, there won’t be much of an opportunity to walk to work.  In lockdown, I tried to make the effort to go for walks on a daily basis.  Some days it would just be to the local shops and when I was feeling really motivated, I would even walk to the beach which is quite a distance from my home.  Although to be honest, it is hard to get motivated sometimes on cold and wet windy days.  We’ve had some lovely sunny days last month though that made me feel good and reminded me that Spring was on its way.  Although this week is a bit chilly! The great British weather.

Active Mummy, Active Pregnancy

According to the NHS pregnancy website, the more active you are during your pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight.  I’m sure it will also help with labour and getting back into shape after the birth.  It is said that women that exercise are more likely to have a smoother pregnancy and labour.  Have a look at this link to find out more:

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/exercise/

At weekends, my partner and I generally like to go for a longer walk.  In the summer months we do a lot of cycling to the beach, but I feel that walking is more sociable as it gives you an opportunity to chat.  Walking doesn’t have to be too strenuous either, so you can go at your own pace, not to mention that it’s also good for your mental wellbeing.  Certainly, I know that when I’ve been for a good walk, it makes me feel so much better.  For pregnant women, I’ve read that it’s recommended that you walk 30 minutes per day and this reduces the risk of having your baby prematurely.  A lot of pregnant women find that they suffer from back pain, so walking can also help strengthen the back muscles too.

Discovering Pregnancy Yoga

Before COVID, as a newborn photographer, I had a wonderful joint venture with a yoga pregnancy class.  It has been so unfortunate that during lockdown, pregnant mummies haven’t been able to go to actual classes to meet other mummies – although there have been opportunities for some online classes.  Taking a yoga class is great for pregnancy as it helps pregnant women to breathe and relax which can help during pregnancy, labour and birth.  Pregnant mummies have said that it does help calm the mind and releases their emotional stress.

For these pregnancy yoga classes, I would go along to the start of classes and introduce myself and my lovely newborn photography studio at Cams Hall.  Not only were the yoga classes a great way of relaxing during your pregnancy, it was a forum for the ladies to share their week and any concerns that they may be experiencing during their pregnancy.  I do hope that once things are back to normal that I can reconnect with the yoga pregnancy class, it was such a lovely way to meet some fabulous mummies-to-be, their beautiful bumps, and to see how they were doing.

Another great form of exercise that’s particularly recommended during pregnancy is swimming.  This is down to the water supporting your increased weight while you’re pregnant.  With COVID, it’s such a shame that mummies haven’t been able to join aqua-natal classes.  Let’s hope that these classes can start again very soon!  Just one step closer to meeting your little one – and when I can get the opportunity to create some beautiful images that you will be able to treasure forever.

I would be interested to hear what pregnancy exercise you did in lockdown, so do get in touch.

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