First of all,
I think it is important to define what strength training actually is
First thoughts for many relate to big buff blokes pumping weights in a gym. Yes, this is strength training but it is certainly not the only way to build strength! Strength training refers to any training that puts muscles under tension. Therefore, you do not necessarily need weights to build strength! You can use your body weight too!
There are so many benefits of strength training that go beyond looking toned.
Studies show that strength training during pregnancy can:
- Help during labour
- Improve recovery following birth
- Reduce fat storage
- Decrease risk of gestational diabetes
- Improve functionality and independence as your body changes and grows.
- Speed up weight loss following birth
Strength training becomes unsafe during pregnancy when:
- the weight is too heavy which results in a loss of technique,
- you feel you are holding your breath during the movement
- your doctor has advised against it.
It is important to remember that everybody is different, every pregnancy is different, and every fitness level is different, so it is crucial that you listen to your body and only do what feels right for you.
If light weights are all that feel comfortable, then do light weights!
You will still be benefiting!
If you’re keen to start moving but don’t know where to start,
check out STRONG by Alex pregnancy exercise program!