Exercising for two

For the past few years I have become what some might call an exercise junkie. It probably all started when I was appointed Fitness Editor at Health24 and tasked with reviewing as many different forms of exercise as I wanted.

I tried my hand at everything from belly dancing to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, my passion for exercise grew steadily, as did my knowledge and respect for my body. With each new exercise or fitness regime I tried my body rose to the challenge, and I soon found out that if I fuelled it with the right healthy foods and made sure I kept a healthy balance between exercise and rest, it would reward me with looking and feeling better than I had in years.

So when my husband and I decided to try for our first baby, I was in what I think was probably the best physical condition I have ever been in. I exercised pretty much every day but with varied routines that included spinning, running, mountain biking, CrossFit training, surfing and yoga.

Pregnant, must I slow down?

My love for exercise took a serious beating when I first fell pregnant as there was so much contradicting information out there regarding what I could still do, what I should still do and what some people ‘thought’ I should do.

I spoke to my gynae and to be honest she wasn’t much help as she didn’t really know what I was talking about and advised me to only keep my heart rate at 120 beats a minute during exercise. That was the only advice I got from her despite the fact she didn’t ask what kind of exercise I did, how fit I was or how often I exercised.

I wasn’t happy with that diagnosis at all so I decided to go back to basics and listen to my body. It had served me well, I knew how to listen to it better than anyone and most of all I knew what I was capable of.

So after a few rocky weeks where it took a while for me to wrap my mind around the fact that certain activities were no longer advisable (surfing and mountain biking) and others were going to start being reduced in intensity, at 6 months I am back on track and still feeling strong and healthy.

Best of all, my baby is strong and healthy, which is of course the main priority.

Health24’s Fitness Editor Amy Froneman is six months pregnant and exercises six days a week. Her schedule includes spinning classes, weight-lifting and running and although everything is done at a much slower and lighter intensity than before, she aims to continue exercising throughout her pregnancy.

Did you exercise while pregnant? Tell us what you did.

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.

Read more about exercising when pregnant:

Exercise guidelines for moms-to-be

Benefits of exercising during pregnancy

Exercises you should do during pregnancy

Exercise guidelines: what you need to know

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