Being the sister to a royal is no doubt an unusual existence which very few of us will ever experience. But for Pippa Middleton, it’s just a way of life. And as a member of the public, Middleton’s flexibility over who and what she does as a job means she’s freer than her sister, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to speak about her life. Of late, that has meant writing monthly columns for British food chain, Waitrose.
Luckily for us, Middleton has shared her pregnancy workouts — broken up into stages. Now in her third trimester, Middleton has revealed what she does to stay in shape whilst with child, and it seems like a lot of work.
In her first trimester, even after the all-important 12-week scan which showed her baby healthy, Middleton says she worked out three to four times a week, and continued her regular routine.
“I worked out for 45 minutes, 3-4 times a week, depending on my energy levels but ensured that the routines I did were lighter than usual,” she wrote in the post. “The days I wasn’t going to the gym to do a class (Barrecore, strength and conditioning, Pilates or yoga) I’d try to cycle or walk with weights to work the arms and make it more challenging. I stopped running, not because I read it was unsafe, just because I rather liked the idea of giving my body (and growing baby) a rest from pavement pounding.”
For her second trimester, Middleton continued to play tennis, a sport she’s loved for years. “Being a moderate-intensity sport, continuing to play has a positive influence and can lead to improved placental growth and good weight management, while strengthening heart and blood vessels, overall body strength and reducing the risk of gestational diabetes,” she said.
In her latest post, in her third trimester, Middleton confirms she has gotten really into swimming — a popular form of exercise for pregnant women.
“From personal experience, I’d confidently say I find it has been the most enjoyable and rewarding form of exercise since I found out I was expecting,” she wrote, urging all pregnant women to sign up for their local pool. “It’s also one of the most therapeutic ways to work out, particularly when you become less mobile, and it helps prevent your shoulders rounding forwards – a common symptom as your belly expands.”
There we have it, if you want to pregnant like Pippa, then get in the pool.
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