Aileen shares her tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building stamina during your pregnancy between your Antenatal Aqua classes.
Labour and early motherhood is really all about stamina! I encourage all my Mums-to-be to keep walking every day to help build this stamina. If you are not having significant problems with your pelvis, walking is a terrific way of keeping active. I generally think little and often is better, so 20 minutes at lunchtime and another twenty minutes in the evening once dinner/dishes done either by yourself for some headspace or with a chatting buddy really does make the time fly. Saving yourself for a three hour marathon in the Dundrum Centre is just not going to do it!
I think the activeness of Aquanatal complements Yoga or Pilates very well where postures are more static and slow.
But, you really can’t beat the water for easy three dimensional movement. You can kid yourself into feeling not pregnant at all! Going to your local pool in between classes and doing some of your favourite bits from the class will keep your stamina building too. If you want me to run through anything with you, just ask at your next class.