Let's Talk: Pregnancy and Fitness
Jamie-Lee is the Group Exercise Co-Ordinator at Active Nation Lincoln and delivers multiple Les Mills classes every week from their Birchwood and Yarborough locations. Jamie-Lee is currently heading towards the end of her own pregnancy and just this week hanging up her gym kit for some well earnt rest ahead of her new arrival in just a few weeks’ time.
As a Level 3 Pre & Postnatal Exercise and Nutrition trained instructor amongst a whole host of other fitness qualifications; and with support from her workplace; Jamie-Lee has been in a great position to be able to pass on her knowledge and experience to her clients during her time instructing and leading classes throughout her pregnancy. Jamie-Lee talks about her role at Active Nation and the exercise programmes she delivers that are suitable for pre and postnatal women, watch here:
What Jamie-Lee says:
“Exercise during pregnancy has helped me more than I ever imagined. I’ve always been active and understood the benefits of physical activity, but I didn’t realise how much more it would benefit my mental state and allow me to feel appreciation for my changing body. This has also helped me to continue to feel myself as delivering exercise classes are a big part of who I am.
My best advice is to start and maintain some form of exercise you enjoy even before becoming pregnant. Walking, swimming or an exercise class can all be beneficial, especially if maintained. This allows the body to become used to the exercise, so it is then able to continue with it once pregnancy is successful, keeping the body stronger, fitter and better able to cope with the physical and mental changes that occur during pregnancy.”
Find more advice about exercise for pre and post natal women on our knowledge hub.