How to adapt your fitness programme for the first trimester of pregnancy

HOW TO ADAPT EXERCISE FOR THE FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY WHEN YOU’RE NOT READY TO SHARE Stuck on how to exercise now that you’re pregnant but still in that limbo land where you’re not ready to tell anyone?  Here’s my step-by-step guide to exercising safely during your first trimester, that…

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Frequently asked questions about prenatal Pilates with Karen

Pregnancy Pilates Instructor

If you’re new to Pilates with me, new to the area or new to pregnancy, you may have a lot of questions. It’s completely understandable. So I’ve taken all the frequently asked questions and popped them below. Got more? Do get in touch and I’ll a) answer them and b)…

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Extreme tiredness during pregnancy. Is it normal?

Why the extreme tiredness during pregnancy Karen? Is it normal? It’s one of the questions I get asked a lot in my prenatal Pilates classes in Epping and online. Tiredness during Pregnancy Pregnancy fatigue is tiredness to beat all tiredness. If you’re in it, you are possible dropping off round…

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Help! I’m getting pregnancy leg cramps. What can I do?

Why do I keep getting pregnancy leg cramps? Cramps Leg cramps. Hip cramps. Foot cramps. Toe cramps. Jiggly or restless legs. You name it. I’ve heard about it! “Karen, I’m getting really bad pregnancy leg cramps. Especially at night. What can I do about it?” The short answer is: Stretch…

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Help! I’m really pregnant. Why do I need to pee every time I stand up?

Your desperation to pee – all the time – towards the end of your pregnancy – is largely dictated by four things: 1. How much liquid you have in your bladder (that’s the normal cue); 2. How sensitive you are to the hormone relaxin, which can (amongst all the other…

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Top 10 things you can do for an easier birth

WHEN new participants to my prenatal Pilates classes in Epping and online join me, it’s usually with one of the following in mind: They’ve had a difficult journey to pregnancy and want expert, trusted advice. They’ve got a specific back, joint, pelvis or pelvic floor issue that they want some…

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Why can’t I stop eating sugar?

I know. It’s hard. Without decisive action I can quickly slip into a sweet and sugary space. Going cold turkey seems like the hardest thing to do. We are programmed with a sweet tooth (mother’s milk is slightly sweet) it gives us energy. In fact studies consistently show that sugar…

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