When do I need to change my exercise routine in pregnancy?
The most common question people as me, is do I need to stop exercising as soon as I find out I’m pregnant?
The simple answer is no. As long as you’re a low-risk pregnancy, whatever level of exercise you were doing before conception is generally safe to continue until week 13 (some say week 16). Once you hit week 13, we recommend chatting to your GP or Obstetrician to get the all clear for a specialised prenatal program.
For your second & third trimesters, it might be time to lay off the F45 and Cross Fit, and instead opt for low-impact exercise (including pilates & yoga). Check out our blog "What Exercises are Safe in Pregnancy" to read about each trimester in more detail.
If you're wanting to continue with your in studio sessions during your second and third trimester, just make sure your instructor is aware that you're pregnant, and if they're not prenatally trained it might be time to look for a dedicated prenatal studio or gym. You'll often be able to find Physio lead sessions (which you can claim back on private health!) or prenatally qualified instructors that work at regular gyms or studios.
Pilates, Yoga and Physio lead sessions often come at a higher cost - which is why I put together the Callie Prenatal Program. As much as I love a home work out, it is great to get in to a Physio lead reformer session every other week or month. I like to mix these sessions with my Callie at-home Prenatal Pilates for a good balance (both in cost & instructor feedback). In saying that - we have plenty of sessions on our prenatal program if you want to stick to purely at home classes.
If you want to know more about our prenatal sessions - ask a question in the chat box on the screen.