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Pregnancy Exercise

If you are pregnant and wanting to exercise safely during your pregnancy look no further!  I am the only certified pregnancy personal trainer in the Waikato. 

If you are wondering what this means, first a trainer needs to have their exercise careful as just because someone calls themselves a personal trainer may not mean they have the qualification to back it up (don't be afraid to ask, however any qualified trainer will have their qualifications visible).  Pregnancy then changes the ball game, there are many hormones that are floating around in your body that change the way in which your mechanics operate, if the trainer is not aware of these and modifies the ways in which they train you it can create further problems for you.  Many people experience aches and pains during pregnancy and having a trainer who is pregnancy certified can help manage and prevent future ones developing. 

Pregnancy exercise also needs to be safe for both mother and baby.  There are certain exercises which are fine for most in the early weeks of pregnancy but however need to be removed at later stages despite whether the mother can still "perform" them as such.  It's not always what you see or feel on the outside but what those exercises are doing to your little one on the inside and if that is affecting their growth, blood supply or stress. 

Each person should have an exercise programme designed specifically for them and pregnancy is the same.  What one person does/can do in a pregnancy is not what is always advisable for another.  Having a trainer take your full history into account and creating a programme that is designed for your goals of exercise throughout your pregnancy while keeping you safe is what needs to be your number one priority when choosing a trainer.

It doesn't stop at birth either, I can work with you postnatally to get you back into your exercise safely while again working with any weaknesses, imbalances, and addressing pelvic floor health and correcting abdominal separation if you have any.  This also takes into account the stage at which you are ready to get back into exercise and for those breastfeeding to not hinder this process. 

For safe exercise and nutrition services from pregnancy onwards look no further than Sheena at Fit 4 Consumption!

Sheena Thompson
Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Pregnancy Certified
Fit 4 Consumption
Hamilton, Morrinsville, Cambridge

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