Benefits of exercise during pregnancy – my story

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy – my story

I kept as active as I could during pregnancy, trying for 2.5 hrs a week of aerobic exercise – up til the last few heavy weeks anyway! I ran, swam, and walked a lot. Here’s how exercise helped, or didn’t help, during my pregnancy, the 

Getting in the mummy groove or getting out of the mummy rut?

Getting in the mummy groove or getting out of the mummy rut?

I’m starting to really enjoy maternity leave. Three-month-old babies are sociable, cuddly, delightful, and mostly over the crying stage. I’ve gained some confidence and experience and am now able to go with the flow a lot more. My baby brings me so much pleasure every 

Pinky McKay’s “Sleeping Like a Baby”

Pinky McKay’s “Sleeping Like a Baby”

I go back and re-read this book any time I’m starting to doubt what I’m doing with my baby’s sleep. Pinky is a lactation consultant and somewhat of a baby sleep and parenting guru. She has written a wonderful book on gentle and nurturing ways 

Relinquishing control

Relinquishing control

Before I had a baby, I had things under control. I went to work at a certain time and returned home (mostly) within a certain time. I cooked dinner several nights a week. I paid my bills, did my taxes, caught up with friends, wrote 

The Return of Me

The Return of Me

I gave up a lot of things during pregnancy. Alcohol, sushi, doing backbends during yoga, surfing, running after 6 months, and towards the end of my pregnancy I gave up wearing anything that wasn’t stretchy. Since Star was born I’ve been enjoying more and more 

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

I’m a huge fan of physical activity overall, and I didn’t want to stop being active during pregnancy. Fortunately, we know now that exercise during pregnancy is safe and carries many benefits for mother and baby. Research suggests that exercise during pregnancy can: reduce the 

Alcohol in pregnancy

Alcohol in pregnancy

For many of us, the thought of going without alcohol for nine months is daunting. After all, drinking is such a social activity and wine is such a lovely accompaniment to a good meal… I certainly found that avoiding alcohol was one of the most 

The Active Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy – Aneema Van Groenou

The Active Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy – Aneema Van Groenou

This is a fantastic book that doesn’t dumb down the importance of being active during pregnancy, and goes into great detail about the safety and appropriateness of many different sports and activities. It explains the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, precautions, and has recommendations as 

Cankle prevention

Cankle prevention

One of my biggest fears was developing “cankles” in pregnancy. You know, when you don’t know where the calf ends and the ankle begins? I felt there was enough to deal with having a giant bump, bigger boobs and thighs and bum that are definitely 

Not just Listeria Hysteria

Not just Listeria Hysteria

Let’s face it, pregnancy often feels like an endless list of restrictions, and nine months is a long time. There’s alcohol and smoking and caffeine; modifying your workout routine; “listening to your body”; and all sorts of old wives tales about not having sex, or