Just because you're pregnant don't feel daunted by
Christmas! Pregnancy fitness specialists
FittaMamma share their top ten tips to enjoy a healthy, active festive season:-
Strictly speaking browsing around the shops
Wear something to support the weight of your bump and your shopping day
will last longer. FittaMamma maternity
leggings hold your bump securely and comfortably and look great teamed with
a jumper, a long top or a dress.
With alcohol off limits you can still enjoy a
glass of something refreshing and sparkly.
Mix up a batch of Ginger
and Lime Sparkler which not only tastes good, sparkles almost like
champagne and can help with pregnancy nausea as well.
Christmas is tiring, you get out of your normal routines and it's easy
to forget your usual bottle of water.
Turkey is a good low fat, high protein food and
is also a useful source of iron, zinc and potassium. A 5oz serving provides almost half the recommended
daily intake of folic acid. Make sure it's cooked all the way through and
stored carefully in the fridge for Boxing Day.
bought pates (they can contain listeria) and say no to soft unpasteurised,
blue-veined or mould-ripened cheeses.
Hard cheeses such as cheddar or processed cheeses are fine and full of
essential calcium. Don't miss out on Christmas pudding – all that dried fruit
is good for you and the amount of alcohol left in an individual portion after
cooking is unlikely to be harmful.
If you can't fit in your usual exercise regime
don't forget that walking is good for you too!
Whilst an hour in the gym might be difficult if you're entertaining the
in-laws a good bracing walk is a sociable way to maintain your cardio.
Use your fit-ball
to sit on whilst you're watching the Christmas movies – you can strengthen your
core and work your abs without even noticing it! Circling your hips on the ball can help
alleviate back ache whilst leaning across it give you a lovely relaxing back
Team a FittaMamma
top with a chunky necklace and a smart jacket and you'll have all the
benefit of supporting bump, back and boobs without sacrificing style. Whilst FittaWear is perfect workout wear,
don't keep all that lovely comfortable support just for exercise – it will look
good as part of your everyday wardrobe and supporting your bump will make you
feel less tired.
Find time to stretch out with some yoga
poses. Ten minutes of yoga can do much
to make you feel more relaxed and energised.
If you've eaten too much and are suffering from heartburn sitting in 'Easy Pose' can help by lengthening your spine and opening up the space in your
diaphragm. Simply sit on the floor,
cross your legs with feet beneath your knees, lengthen your spine and sit up
tall. Relax your shoulders, inhale
deeply into your belly and press your chest forwards.
the most of being pregnant and accept offers of help - let other people carry
the shopping and do the cooking! Eat
well, try and fit in some exercise, keep your bump supported and find time to
put your feet up too!