Pregnancy fitness: how to do it

Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy is essential for mums and babies – we don’t often hear (or adhere to) the old adage of eating for two these days! Enjoying those months, whilst you are creating a new life, is a must but if you’re looking for hints and tips on the right exercise then read on. Our guest blog comes from Jennifer Irvine, founder of The Pure Package and Balance Box. 

With her food and nutrition businesses she has been responsible for getting many women back in to shape post-baby including celebrities such as the gorgeous Denise Van Outen. Jennifer compares becoming a new mum with running a marathon and believes that one should continue to exercise throughout pregnancy to make sure baby and you are the healthiest you can be.

During her fourth pregnancy, Jennifer stayed active and exercised right up until the day Violet was born.  Here she shares her health and fitness tips with us:  


“The Pure Package has been an absolute lifesaver; I don’t know what I’d do without it! Since becoming a new mum, I’ve been way too tired to cook, so it’s a delight to wake up each morning to a cool bag full of healthy and delicious food. It’s an amazing service for tired new mums and I’d recommend it to anyone”.   Denise Van Outen.  

I have always trained throughout my pregnancies and in order for me to stay healthy, it’s important for me to keep active so I make sure that exercise is still part of my daily routine. I love to cycle, swim and work out and don’t take on new challenges.  I never work out to exhaustion and as a rule of thumb, I never start a new form of exercise when I’m pregnant – I stick to what I know. I also incorporate more treats into my regime and make sure I take care of myself with massages and the odd spa trip. 

It is also important to:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Listen to your body – if you don’t feel like doing something that is high energy, you can still go for a gentle walk.
  • Incorporate exercise that will help during and after labour like pelvic floor and abdominal exercises.
  • Nourish your body.  Eat fresh and seasonal with grass fed and free range meat where you can. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t have time, there are ways to get all your food delivered right to your door.

If you want extra advice the NHS is always a good place to start.

From my experience, continuing to exercise keeps your spirits up and means you are fit for labour – labour was called that for good reason!  

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