When you’re pregnant, your body goes through lots of changes – some of which are very obvious (like your growing bump!), and others less so. Your tummy muscles won’t be as strong as they used to be, for example, and neither will your lower back. Thanks to a hormone called ‘relaxin’, which helps your body prepare for childbirth by making your ligaments stretchy and elastic, your ligaments and joints will soften, so you could more easily injure yourself without realising it by doing the wrong kind of exercise when pregnant.
When you join us, we’ll ask you to tell us about any concerns or medical conditions you may have, and we’ll ask you to complete a medical questionnaire. Only a few medical conditions could prevent your ability to attend our antenatal classes, in which case we may ask you to get a letter from your medical professional saying they’re happy for you to attend. Throughout your pregnancy, however, it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you and keep consulting your medical professional if you have any concerns.
Of course, it’s not just your body you need to think about: there are also changes to the way you feel, changes to your routine (like difficulties in sleeping, or stopping work), and adjusting to the idea of a new life entering your world. Daily life is full of pressures, and they can increase when you’re expecting a baby. That’s why it’s important to take time out and look after yourself.