It’s a no-brainer: exercise is good for us and, yes, even during pregnancy. Exercising when you’re expecting reduces the risk of diabetes, minimises weight gain and cuts the chance of complications during labour. There is even evidence it could make your baby brainier.
But we all know that sometimes working out can be easier said than done. New research from Mentholatum, creators of the Deep Freeze pain relief patches, shows that more than a third of women cut back on exercise during pregnancy and it’s often for the wrong reasons.
The study shows that the main reasons pregnant women avoid exercise were back pain (20%), lack of energy (50%) and fear that exercise would hurt their baby (16%). Ironically, research shows that working out can help combat back pain and fatigue, as well as providing both physical and cognitive benefits for your baby.
Tellingly, not one of the 1,000 women interviewed said their doctor or midwife had told them to rest during pregnancy.
In fact, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advises: “All women should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.”
Women’s health guru and mum of two, Catherine Hood, says: “Of course, there are some medical conditions which will require medical supervision, but for the vast majority of women the benefits of exercising during pregnancy far outweigh the risks.
“It makes sense to think twice about high-impact activities and avoid contact sports when you’re pregnant, but there are plenty of activities such as swimming, yoga and power-walking which will provide an effective and low-risk work-out.”[quote_right]
Medical conditions that may make it unsafe to exercise include:
Pre-eclampsia and/or pregnancy induced hypertension
Persistent bleeding in the second or third trimester
If aches and pains are stopping you exercising, the Deep Freeze Cold Patch is a great alternative to painkillers and can help reduce back pain, ensuring consistent, long-lasting cold analgesia at the point of pain without the mess and fuss of ice packs.
The Deep Freeze Cold Patch contains menthol, aloe vera and water in a hydrogel layer which slowly evaporates to produce prolonged cooling relief without drips or dampness. The slim profile and flexibility of the adhesive patch means it can easily be hidden under clothing and is suitable for use on any joint. The adhesive patch can also be worn without restricting movement or needing to be replaced frequently to maintain the cooling effect. The Deep Freeze Cold Patch is great news for muscular aches and swollen ankles.
Once in place the patch will work for up to three hours.
RRP is £1.55 for a single patch and £5.10 for a pack of four patches.