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What foods to avoid in pregnancy?

January 15, 2018

Wondering what foods you should avoid now that you are pregnant? To minimise any chances of food poisoning there are some foods which are better to avoid. During Pregnancy your immune system is suppressed which means that you and your baby are more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause illness as a result of eating certain foods.

Here is a list you may find useful. If you are unsure it's best to consult your Midwife or GP.

Foods to avoid

Mould-ripened soft cheeses

(Brie, Camembert, Goat's cheese included).

Undercooked and raw eggs

Unpasteurised (raw) milk

(This includes Goat's milk, Sheep's milk and foods containing them also).


Raw and undercooked meat

Be careful with cold cured meat such as Salami, Chorizo, Pepperoni and Parma Ham


Fish liver oil supplements

Supplements containing Vitamin A

Raw shellfish


Foods to limit


Oily fish


Useful website for further information: http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx

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Why is it good to exercise in pregnancy?

February 14, 2018

There are a number of reasons why exercise in Pregnancy is good for you. Whether you were a regular exerciser before Pregnancy or not at all, Pregnancy is a great time to start.

Preparation for labour and motherhood

Labour and naturally motherhood are physically and mentally demanding. Regular exercise during pregnancy can help you prepare for these demands.

Minimise pregnancy aches and pains

Back pain and pelvic pain are common during pregnancy and the right type of exercise can really help to minimise these.

Makes you feel good and lifts your mood

Exercise keeps the heart healthy and the feel-good hormones moving. Perfect for keeping stress levels low and helping you to relax and stay positive.

Helps you sleep better

Some pregnant mums have trouble sleeping, by fitting in some exercise it can make a huge difference.

Weight management

20-30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can really help with preventing excessive weight gain in pregnancy. For example walking, swimming and cycling on a stationary bike are good ways of keeping the heart and lungs going.

Reduces the severity of pregnancy symptoms

Backache, morning sickness, fatigue, heart burn, indigestion, constipation, varicose veins, water retention and swelling are all common during pregnancy, exercise can help.

*It is best to seek medical advice from your midwife or GP if you have never done any exercise before starting a new exercise programme.

For details on our upcoming Pregnancy Pilates classes click here or get in touch to book.

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How to ease cramp during pregnancy

July 29, 2018

Cramps are muscle contractions which are uncomfortable but common during pregnancy. These are normally felt in the legs or feet and generally occur at night. This may be due to the various changes in the body, high level of hormones and lack of circulation.

To help reduce cramps, keep active during your pregnancy by walking swimming or doing exercises such as Pilates and Yoga. If spending long periods of time sitting or standing during the day move around every so often to increase circulation in the legs.

Exercises to do during the day are standing tall, feet apart (use a wall or chair or support) raising and lowering your heels to the floor.

Sitting or standing (again use a wall or chair for support) rotate your feet in circular motions in one direction and then the other.

For details on the next set of Pregnancy Yoga & Pilates classes get in touch.

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What are the early signs of pregnancy?

March 15, 2018

There are few signs other than a positive pregnancy test that might tell you that you are expecting. If you’ve missed a period and had a negative pregnancy test reading, assume that you are pregnant and do another test a week later for a more accurate reading. 

The way to calculate your estimated due date is by adding nine months and 7 days on to the first day of your last period. Depending on the length of your normal menstrual cycle, your baby may arrive up to 3 weeks before or 2 weeks after which is considered as a full-term pregnancy.

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How much weight gain is normal in pregnancy?

March 15, 2018

On average pregnant mums gain around 12lbs in weight mostly around the middle, but everyone is different and it really can vary from one pregnant mum to another. You don't need to go on a special diet or over exert yourself when exercising, just eat a well-balanced diet and keep active to help control the maternal weight gain.

Don't forget to keep taking your prenatal vitamins as advised by your GP, avoid the potentially harmful things and drink your 8 glasses of water a day.  

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What exercises to avoid in pregnancy?

March 15, 2018

It is always best to listen to your body when exercising but during pregnancy there are a few additional precautions to take. 

Avoid abdominal crunches or abdominal movements that compress the abdomen. Due to the pregnancy hormone relaxin, avoid twisting movements and sudden jerky movements when exercising.

Pressure on the midline of the abdominals should be avoided due to a risk of developing or increasing Diastasis Recti by not doing movements such as the plank. An alternative to the plank is by doing resisted wall push-ups.   

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How to play games with your baby

March 15, 2018

Are you looking for fun things to do to help keep your active baby entertained while they learn? Why not join us for Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates?

Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates is a combination of gentle yoga stretches, music and movement for the babies and Postnatal Pilates exercises for Mum.

The course is suitable for younger babies from 6 weeks old and for older active babies too up to crawling.

For details on private Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates courses get in touch.