Pregnant women shouldn’t put their trust in unqualified trainers
THOUSANDS of pregnant women who go to the gym could be putting themselves and their unborn children at serious risk of injury and it’s time the government did something about it.
I’m not talking about women who exercise while pregnant; no, there are too many benefits to keeping fit for it to be a bad thing. I mean, the world watched in awe as tennis superstar Serena Williams won the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant, and actor Gal Gadot filmed the physically demanding Wonder Woman while five months pregnant.
The stigma around exercising while up the duff is thankfully becoming less prevalent in society, but there is one very real danger to many of these women that I was shocked to discover and I’m even more shocked to hear is entirely legal.
More and more research shows that exercising while pregnant (after seeking medical clearance) results in shorter labours, fewer cases of women needing emergency Caesareans and quicker recovery post birth. At the same time the number of trainers and gyms offering training packages in this space has also grown exponentially.
It seems now you can’t swing a dumbbell without seeing another gym or trainer purporting to be experts in this very specific field.
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Original article by Sarah Morgan in The Daily Telegraph online (photo: iStock)