So if you know me well you will know I love squats and every class I teach always has squats in it. But let me tell you why they are even more important in pregnancy and labour. 1. The squat position puts the pelvic floor in optimum position to be functional, strong and flexible, making for […]
Ok, it may not feel like it at the time when you’re struggling with your last reps or last mile but its true, exercise makes you happy. Exercise releases the hormone serotonin, serotonin is the happy hormone which enhances feelings of well being and elevates mood, low levels of serotonin are associated with depression where […]
The arch of the foot is formed by the tendons and ligaments in the foot. During pregnancy the increase in body weight puts more stress on the tendons of the feet contributing to the fallen arches. The hormone relaxin that is released in the body during pregnancy relaxes the ligaments in the body including those […]
The best exercise you can do to help reduce swelling of the ankles and the foot during pregnancy is the pilates foot pedals. Foot pedals help to pump blood back up the legs towards the heart from the foot and ankles throughout the movement. Check out the video below to see how to do it.
During pregnancy the blood volume in the body increase by 50% to ensure adequate supply to the uterus, the placenta and baby. This increase in blood volume can lead to swelling and oedema in the body particularly in the legs, arms, feet and hands. Fluid retention can also be another cause of swelling during pregnancy […]