Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jessica Ennis-Hill's Pregnancy

Last week Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her pregnancy. We all remember Jessica, right? She landed us a gold medal during the Olympics and has also graced our TV screens in bank adverts. Naturally, Jessica's pregnancy is going to cause a lot of discussion. I have already come across one irritating Telegraph article that practically insists on Jessica being a mother first and foremost, and an athlete after. Newsflash journalists: it is possible for mothers to continue with their lives both during and after pregnancies. Also, where is the insistence of Mr Hill firmly establishing fatherhood before whatever it is he does?

Rant over, let's resume...

So a more balanced and interesting article came from the BBC on Jessica Ennis-Hill's pregnancy and sports. It discussed extra red blood cell production, how that enhances your ability to carry oxygen, and how that in turn can enhance Jessica's training. There are certain activities she is likely to stop (high jumps and bumps= not a good idea), but otherwise it is likely Jessica's training will continue in the same fashion that Paula Radcliffe's did. This will most likely act as fodder for the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame. I can already see dozens of articles about how she insists on training during her pregnancy from journalists who are about as familiar with obstetrics as they are accurate reporting (meow).

Anywho, the whole aim of this post was to explore some of the maternity fitness wear that is out there. I was a massive fan of pregnancy yoga during my pregnancies, mainly because it helped with morning sickness. Sadly, I developed SPD during pregnancy number two. Had I been close to a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher I would have carried on. Walking, jogging, and cycling are also great activities. Plus anything that is within your usual fitness range, minus contact sports or anything that can make you land on your bump.

£20.00 Mothercare

Even if you do have a condition like SPD, there is always swimming. The buoyancy of the water alleviates some of the pressure on your joints, which in turn makes exercising easier.

£20.00 Mothercare

Yoga is especially beneficial during pregnancy as it helps to prepare the pelvic floor and muscles around the pelvis for birth. Some adherents also believe it is good for directing blood flow to the uterus, which in turn benefits your baby.

£22.00 Mothercare

The weather is a little on the unpredictable side here in Britain, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy walking and jogging. When it is cold, get well wrapped up and check out where local footpaths are via your local council's website. If it rains, consider going to the gym to walk on a treadmill or walk up and down your stairs.

Another great fitness tip for pregnancy: make sure your trainers fit well. Not all women experience oedema, but those who do may be more prone to blisters. Fortunately, exercising is a great way to get your blood flowing, which means oedema barely has a chance to kick in.