Wednesday, November 18, 2015

4 Ways To Keep Fit During & After Pregnancy ♥

I'm not going to lie, this past year I haven't been as active as I'd had like to have been. Apart from our outside adventures and running around after my toddler, my daily dose of exercise has been non-existent and that's quite shameful to admit if I'm honest. After I had my son I was cooped up inside, dealing with post-natal depression and agoraphobia which made me not want to leave the house at all. When I recovered from all that I did go for long walks with my son in his buggy and was thoroughly enjoying getting out in the air and losing some weight - I really don't know where my motivation went but it disappeared completely and I've been quite stationary ever since.

Now that I'm pregnant again and about to become a mother of two, my health has to be in the forefront of my mind and keeping active during and after pregnancy is something I have to really make a conscious effort to do. I've been looking at simple but effective ways of getting my daily dose of exercise and activities that will keep me happy and healthy not only in body but in mind too.

One part of keeping fit, that spurs me on to actually get up and start exercising, is the prospect of buying new work out gear, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this. Sites such as offer a wide range of sporting and fitness gear that's perfect for anyone who is serious about getting fit.

1. Walking - this is the easiest and gentlest form of exercise that you can probably do during and after pregnancy. It's easy for me to pop Tyler in his buggy and just go around the block, or the longer route if I'm feeling up to it. Hopefully the weather improves so we can get out and about and get some much needed fresh air. Once the baby arrives it'll be summer and I know for a fact that I'll want to get out and about with the kids so I'll be popping them into their sling or wrap and going on some sunny walks with my little ones in tow.

2. Swimming - this is an activity which Tyler really loves and it's something I've been wanted to do with him ever since we can back from Jersey, but I can't seem to find a swimming pool that is 'pay as you go', apart from the one in my town and I'd be mortified slipping into a swimsuit in front of people who might actually know me! Swimming is another gentle form of exercise and is great for feeling weightless during pregnancy - floating on the water is a great feeling whilst pregnant and it exercises all parts of the body too. Plus, it's a lovely activity to do if you already have little ones, taking them along to the pool will be lots of fun for them and not too strenuous on your pregnant self either.

3. Exercising From Home - it's great being able to exercise at home, especially when the little ones are sleeping. When Tyler was a baby I used to follow workouts on YouTube and I could really feel the pull on my arms and legs after the workout so it does work. However, if you want to be able to do a gym style exercise at home but don't have the funds to purchase equipment outright or time to go to the gym, then you could always hire equipment such as a vibration plate (my favourite when I used to go to the gym!) from a company such as Hire Fitness. What's even better is that they can deliver to Ireland, you can check out their Irish site here - Having equipment to use at home is always great when you have little ones, especially for parents like me who don't always have a babysitter on hand so that they can actually go to the gym.

4. Yoga - yoga is something which I've wanted to try for a long time now but have never gotten around to doing it. I'm sure they have pregnancy yoga classes in my area and it'd be a lovely exercise to do whilst pregnant. The benefits of yoga during pregnancy are great too, from more energy to improved sleep through relaxation techniques, who wouldn't want to benefit from all these things, especially whilst pregnant?

However you decide to exercise during and after your pregnancy, remember to not do anything too strenuous and that you shouldn't be in too much of a rush to lose the baby weight. After all, your body will have gone through a lot during nine months of pregnancy and the months to follow so it's important to lose weight gradually and only exercise in ways that suit your ability.

How did you exercise during and after your pregnancy?

*This is a collaborative post on behalf of Hire Fitness.



  1. I'm not very good at exercising, before or after pregnancy! I do try and take Elliot swimming every week but thats a work out and a half because I spend the whole time having to stop him swimming off or jumping in! xx

    1. Me neither Elaine but I'm going to try and make a conscious effort. Haha I can imagine! TL would be trying to jump in the pool too! x

  2. Hi Fi - are there any hotels with pools in your area? Many hotels reduce their rates during the winter and lots accept pay-as-you-go. If gym/hiring fittness equipment are out of your budget you can always use simple things around the home for light weights, or an exercise ball (I got one in Lidl not so long ago & it's great!). Check with your local pharmacy/GP for Yoga classes or if there's a community Health Centre they're usually great for local info.

    1. The closest one is a 5 star hotel and I don't think they allow outside guests to use the pool, I searched their website and found nothing unfortunately, I'll have to give them a ring. I'll have to get the exercise ball for helping me through labour too, lol! :) x


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