Monday, September 16, 2013

Twin Pregnancy- Third Trimester Exercise and Wellness

We have followed Gemma since April 2013 during her twin pregnancy! Now at 37 weeks the babies will be here very soon.

Throughout the majority of her pregnancy Gemma has been so lucky in that she has felt absolutely fine and had no sickness or fatigue. In fact it was only on her last personal training session with me just before the 34 week mark that she felt quite tired and was starting to feel a little uncomfortable, especially after 2 very busy weeks at work. This is amazing for a multiple pregnancy!

The following day she went into premature labour which took 48 hours to stop with medication.

Since then Gemma has made it to her C section date which is scheduled for tomorrow Tues 17th September 2013 and she will be just over 37 weeks!

It took the scare for Gemma to slow down and stop working as hard. I know just how hard it is to slow down especially when you are feeling so good during your pregnancy.  Many of my clients also feel this way especially if self employed you just don't stop, you can't and the downside is that you can't really switch off either. You must listen to your body you need to rest.

Gemma's exercise over the last 4- 6 weeks has reduced in both intensity and duration. She has managed 2-3 easy to moderate strength sessions each week.

Our focus during her training sessions has continued to be on preventing lower back and pelvis pain. 
We addressed changes in her posture as the weight of the babies pulled Gemma's pelvis into excessive lumbar extension and continuing to prevent pregnancy abdominal muscle separation- diastsis recti.

Here are 3 video's:
Third Trimester exercises- exercises to help you prepare for birth, prevent diastasis recti and lower back pain.

28 weeks

31-32 Weeks

33 Weeks 

34 Weeks- Easy Exercise

I met with Gemma just last week to catch up and see how she was feeling, if she was managing to relax and how she has coped with not doing anything. She had been sneaking in some bicep curls, tricep dips and side leg lifts, well done.

These exercises can help you recover post a section and would help maintain the glute strength we had been working on over the past 8 months.

Gemma looked fantastic and still couldn't believe that the twins would be here within the week. 

Having really slowed down the past 2-3 weeks she was now rushing around to finish things off and sure enough had had a few braxton hicks. The plan for the next few days was to completely rest and enjoy putting her feet up on the last weekend before her scheduled section. It was especially important that the babies didn't make an early entrance as her obstetrician was not on the weekend roster. Gemma did not want to risk the babies being delivered by a different Doctor.

Still NO diastasis recti either! So if you want to prevent diastasis during your pregnancy follow the exercises in the Twin Pregnancy Series and purchase your Fit2BirthMum program from my website:

Gemma will unfortunately have a diastasis post a section as the abdominal muscles need to be separated during the operation! But she had been gifted by a C section recovery belt to aid recovery and healing, thanks Abdomend.

 I am going to write a blog on Gemma's recovery and how the belt and the Birth2FitMum program help her recovery post the birth of her babies. I will also post baby photo's! 

I will finish this blog by wishing Gemma and her babies all the best for a safe delivery. Can't wait to see them and find out what they are!

The Twins Safe Arrival:

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