Guest Blog - Exercise During Pregnancy Common Questions - Lorraine Scapens
Keeping fit and doing daily activity during pregnancy has many benefits for both mum and baby but it can be hard for mums to know what is safe and what is not. This is why we have asked Lorraine Scapens from Pregnancyexercise.co.nz to answer your questions about exercising during pregnancy. Lorraine Scapens is a pre- and postnatal exercise and wellness specialist, and has over 20 years experience. Her focus is on diastasis prevention; healing and ensuring mums are pain free and can enjoy living an active life with their kids. Lorraine created her website Pregnancyexercise.co.nz five years ago as she wanted more women to benefit from her knowledge and experience. Back Pain Many women suffer with lower back and pelvic pain during pregnancy but the good news is you don’t have to and most pain can be prevented and or treated. Back pain in pregnancy is often caused due to:
- Pregnancy hormones - relaxing and loosening ligaments,
- Poor posture,
- Diastasis Recti – Abdominal muscle separation
- Try to keep your weight balanced when standing so don’t sway on to one side.
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.
- Use a pillow to support your leg whilst lying on your side.