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We all know that mums going in to conception, pregnancy and beyond have a higher chance of success if they are fit and functionally strong. At Diets Don’t Work we provide pre and post natal personal training through London and Berkshire and have had lots of happy, fit births (and mums). Studies on Pre natal training have shown that it leads to shorter labour and heavier birth weights, while post natal training can help to repair any damage done to your abdominal wall (diastasis recti) and get you back to your pre birth weight. There is now even more reason to be fit and well if you are trying to conceive as your blood type may make it more difficult.
Researchers in the US recruited over 560 women with an average age of 35 who were undergoing fertility treatments and tested their blood for levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). High levels of this chemical messenger are an indicator of a diminishing egg count. They found that women with the blood type O (possessed by 40% of the UK population) were twice as likely to have abnormally high levels of FSH than women of other blood groups. Tony Rutherford of the British Fertility Society said that this was the first time that a link had been found between blood type and fertility. Scientists welcomed the findings but said that there was more research needed before they would advise type O women to try and concieve at an earlier age. If you are interested in the pre and post natal personal trainer service that we do have a look at our pre natal training page on the site.
Women who try to remain too trim by dieting during pregnancy could be condemning their children to a lifetime of weight problems reports the Daily Mail. Researchers believe that if a baby is deprived of food in the womb, its fat cells develop abnormally, with the result that it gains weight more rapidly during childhood. “Whether we become obese is often established before and soon after we are born, and is influenced by both the eating habits of our mothers and by the nutrition we received as babies in the months after birth”, says Dr Helen Budge of the University Hospital in Nottingham. Processes set up early on in our lives can have life long effects.
At Diets Don’t Work our trainers are trained in pre and post natal health and fitness-during the pre natal period training sessions focus on a healthy and well rounded nutrition plan, keeping cardo-vascular fitness and maintaining lean muscle mass for a quicker and safer birth. It also has the added benefit of making the return to your pre-pregnancy weight smoother and quicker. We also target proprioception and balance based exercise to help keep clients physicaly and posturally balnced during the physiolagical changes that occur in pregnancy.