Pippa Middleton has always been incredibly active – the 34-year-old has a marathon, a cross-country ski race across Norway, a Swiss Alps mountain climb, and a 4,800km cycle across the U.S.A. under her belt, so you would assume she would opt to stay pretty fit during her first pregnancy.
In her monthly column for British monthly Waitrose Kitchen, the mother-to-be has kept readers up to date with her pregnancy exercise routine, revealing that she has been swimming a lot in her third trimester.
“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 shared.
“It’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy, and you don’t need to adapt and change too much (unlike most other sports).”
“As with other forms of exercise it boosts oxygen levels and strengthens the heart, enabling you to get more nutrients to your unborn child to help them grow,” Pippa added.
“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. It can also offset the tendency for your pelvis to be out of alignment.”
Previously, Pippa revealed that in her first trimester, she would still workout 3-4 times per week, saying she stopped running and opted instead for cycling or walking, as well as Pilates and strength classes.
“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.”
During her second trimester, she continued to play tennis, writing in a previous column that tennis “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.”