It was only at the the beginning of this month that Gemma Atkinson announced that she and boyfriend Gorka Marquez are expecting a baby.
Not long after, Gemma shared that she was excited to be back at the gym – but could this be harmful to her little baby bump and can she work out as normal?
Gemma admitted to her fans that she was now taking her workout nice and slow as well as listening to her body – but is she putting herself at risk?
Daily Star Online spoke to fitness expert Cecilia Harris, Head PT and co-founder of Results with Lucy fitness to find out.
Explaining what not to do, Cecilia said: “Don’t do any sit-ups or crunches after 12 weeks and it’s also important not to do exercises which require you to lie flat on your back after 16 weeks. This will ensure the baby isn’t put into any danger.”
Talking about the type of sports you should avoid, Harris explained: “Be careful if you are doing exercises where you could lose your balance such as cycling, horse riding or skiing as a big fall could be harmful. Also don’t exercise for more than 45 minutes at a time.
“If you suffer with any unusual symptoms, stop exercising and contact your doctor or midwife immediately.”
“Pilates is a great one because the aim is to improve balance, strength, flexibility and posture. It can help your body cope with carrying the extra weight of your growing baby as well as preparing you for childbirth and recovering afterwards.”
The personal trainer said: “If you’re not used to exercise, walking is a great place to start and is a great basis for pregnancy fitness and you can do it for the whole nine months if you feel comfortable.”
In fact the professional trainer suggests doing some exercise can help you through your pregnancy, adding: “The best way to prepare for the hardest leg of your pregnancy – those last few months – and cope with labour is get a minimum of 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise in on most days.
“While pregnancy isn’t the time to break any records, you’ll have stamina and confidence if you go into labour feeling fit.”
Talking about using weights like Gemma, she explained: “Another myth is that it’s too dangerous to lift weights. Lifting super heavy loads can spike your blood pressure for short periods of time – but that doesn’t mean weight training is off limits.
“Performing multiple reps with light to moderate weights is perfectly safe and encouraged to help maintain muscle tone.”
Speaking about working on your abs, Cecilia explained: “During the first 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy, traditional ab exercises are safe to perform.
“However, after the first trimester, lying flat on your back can cause the weight of your uterus to compress blood vessels, restricting circulation to you and your baby.”
Cecilia Harris is Head PT and co-founder of comprehensive online fitness, nutrition and health platform, Results with Lucy. For more information on the Results with Lucy pre-natal Results with Bump programme, please visit: https://resultswithlucy.com/