Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Fighting Fit for Motherhood} {Monitoring Exercise Is the Key}; Don't Let Yourself Go during Pregnancy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Fighting Fit for Motherhood} {Monitoring Exercise Is the Key}; Don't Let Yourself Go during Pregnancy

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Byline: JANINE HILL

FITNESS and pregnancy - while many women treat the two states as a choice, fitness professional and mum-to-be Sharny Kieser says they need not be mutually exclusive. Sharny, a mother of one, whose new baby is due mid-2009, is determined to prove it, too.

She plans to continue exercising under the watchful eye of a a fitness professional throughout her pregnancy, and is consulting a dietician regularly to ensure that she comes out of it in peak health.

Sharny believes it's the least she can do for the little person growing inside her.

"A lot of women are scared they'll harm the baby by exercising, but the healthier you are during pregnancy, the better off the baby is and the better your baby will be," she said.

"If you're exercising and keeping fit, and eating the right foods, it'll be better. Labour will still hurt, but you'll be in a better condition to handle it."

Sharny, who owns Stripfit health and fitness studio - a one-on-one boutique studio for corporate men and women, said many women unnecessarily let their own health go when having a baby because they thought they could not or should not maintain it.

"A lot of women don't know how far they can go with keeping fit, and there's a lot of fallacies about eating for two," she said.

"With my first baby, I had no education about what I could do and there was always that whole thing of eating for two."

With the benefits of industry knowledge behind her and hindsight, Sharny encourages women to get fit before they get pregnant because it is easier to maintain it than to start afresh.

"If you're exercising and doing stuff, you can continue," she says. "I'm doing strength training once a week, boxing training, running - and because I was doing that before, I can continue it. For women who aren't doing anything, there's limits on what you can do. …

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