Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rachael's Reaping the Benefits of Pregnant Exercise Regime

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rachael's Reaping the Benefits of Pregnant Exercise Regime

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

A TEESSIDE mum-to-be and fitness instructor is urging women not to be afraid of exercise during pregnancy.

Rachael Barton, 36, who teaches fitness students at Middlesbrough College and also runs exercise classes in Marske, is highlighting the benefits she has found from exercise in preparation for her own happy event.

Rachael, from Marske, is due to have her baby early in April. But she is still determined to go ahead with a "military-style boot camp" exercise weekend for women in January. www. plenty get the that She said: "I will be seven months pregnant when I'm doing that.

"There will be some things I'm not going to be able to do but I can still go and get involved as much as I possibly can. or if of "When I was studying, my dissertation was on exercise in pregnancy and I also worked with an Olympic athlete in the last six months of her pregnancy.

pelvis. "We adapted her exercise programme, cut down the distance and she wasn't running at the same speed she would normally run. such skiing.

"She had a good pregnancy and a relatively straight forward, quite quick labour and was back training for the London Marathon within seven weeks." weight harm back, For women who are not top athletes however, Rachael believes there are still many benefits to carrying on with exercise during pregnancy, providing your GP or midwife agrees.

the make Rachael will be teaching a six-week Pilates in Pregnancy class from Tuesday, January 5. She said: "Pilates will not place any strain on the joints or the spine. In fact the spine and its surrounding muscles will be strengthened as will the stomach and muscles around the pelvic area -allowing for an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

"There's a bit of a stigma to exercising when you are pregnant and I hope that the fact I've been through it and, fingers crossed, continue to have a good pregnancy will show you can continue with your exercise."

Rachael sought the advice of her midwife, who advised her to "be sensible" with her exercise regime. …

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