Pre and Postnatal workouts: Safe and effective workouts

All moms know how much the statement, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world” applies to them in everyday life. Being able to successfully rule and reign during your pregnancy and after will require you to be healthy and physically fit.

Eating the proper foods and having an exercise routine in place that will not harm your unborn baby or put too much strain on your body that is still in the process of healing is essential. Before you get busy rocking that cradle or packing that baby bag, let Shield take you through a quick guide on all things pertaining to pre/postnatal safe and effective workouts.

Every pregnancy differs from woman to woman. While some may be able to engage in prenatal exercises, others may not. Please consult your doctor before and during your prenatal workouts to find out what best works for you and your unborn baby.

Prenatal Exercises

Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits such as speeding up post-recovery, lowers blood pressure and helps to boost your mood, with that said always be sure to clear your prenatal exercise with your doctor first. Safe prenatal workouts include kickboxing, aerobic or group dance classes, indoor cycling and swimming.

HIIT Workout

For some mom’s, having a regular exercise routine in place is nothing new. HIIT workouts at home are popular among women who have been exercising before, during and after their pregnancy. HIIT exercises involve an intense workout with short, active recovery periods and include hand-release push-ups, Russian twists, tuck-ups, plank jacks and squat thrusts, to name a few.

Exercises For Beginners

So, you’ve given birth to the most beautiful bundle of joy. Babies grow fast, and before you know it, they are sitting up by themselves already. Life at this point is blissful, and the only thing you want to get going is a postnatal exercise routine that will not be too strenuous on your body and can be done in the comfort of your home.

It is always advisable to start exercising six weeks after giving birth. Exercises for beginnersOpens in a new window are an excellent place to start when looking to shed some extra baby weight and get your body fit and healthy in the process. Start by planning your exercise routine for the week, including cardio, squats, leg exercises, ab exercises and sit-ups.

Exercises To Do At Home

There are a variety of easy pre/postnatal exercises to do at homeOpens in a new window, such as Ashtanga Yoga, HIIT and light cardio workouts. Staying in shape during and after pregnancy is not only good for yourself but will benefit your baby by keeping you healthy and in good shape for the journey of motherhood that lies ahead.

On behalf of the Shield team, Happy Women’s Month to all the lovely ladies, sisters, friends, mothers, aunts and nieces out there. We look forward to offering you superior body odour protection with our range of Shield Antiperspirant as you keep moving towards creating a better version of you!