A year after giving birth, our September cover model, Audrey Dippenaar is in great shape. She shares her top fitness and wellbeing tips for pregnant moms.
- During pregnancy your body produces the hormone relaxin that relaxes your joints and ligaments. Prevent overextending joints and ligaments at this time, which may result in injury.
- Avoid exercise that requires you to lie flat on your back, reducing the blood and oxygen supply to your baby.
- Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated during workouts.
- Many women are prone to diastasis recti (abdominal separation) during pregnancy, so avoid traditional ab exercises while pregnant and a few months post pregnancy.
- Kegel and pelvic floor exercises are essential during and after pregnancy. This is a lifelong commitment.
- Don’t add a new or strenuous exercise to your routine during pregnancy, keeping your heart rate low throughout your workout. Use the ‘talk test’ as your monitor.
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