Recent research from the British Fertility Society has found that a low-carb diet, where women eat just one portion of carbohydrates a day, almost doubles your chance of becoming pregnant. But with thousands of women struggling to get pregnant everyday, could the answer to our fertility problems really be down to something as simple as cutting the carbs?
There was a time, not too long ago, when a can of sugar free Red Bull was my go to pick-me-up of choice. Consumed pre-work out for an instant energy boost or mixed with vodka to dance the night away, I was (I shamefully admit) a red bull girl through and through!
Ensuring you get enough vitamins and minerals is always a good idea, and never more so than during pregnancy. But what vitamins and minerals should we be looking for and how will they boost ours and our unborn baby’s health?
Keeping up the motivation to exercise on a regular basis isn’t easy at the best of times, throw in pregnancy and all that comes with it; I’m talking an ever increasing belly, never ending tiredness, aches, pains and the desire to demolish entire packs of biscuits in one sitting, and it can seem like a task of Everest proportions.
Love the idea of a barre workout but looking for something a little more dynamic? Recently exported from the US, Xtend Barre takes all the chiseling elements of a traditional barre class, think pulsing and micro movements, and give it s a tougher more energetic twist that is Pilates and dance amplified.
Its like clock work. Every spring once the weather has finally warmed up, my desire to lounge on the sofa indulging in winter stodge (tell me it’s not just me) magically disappears and in its place, the sudden need to cleanse, nurture and nourish.
Bra’s and pregnancy are a bit of a catch 22. A baby pushing up in to your rib cage hardly makes strapping a bra around your chest the most enticing idea, yet if we want our breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy glory (or at least not drop to our knees) then a good supportive bra is a necessity, especially when exercising.
If you’ve ever tried exercising during pregnancy you will know that the challenge to find comfortable and stylish, well fitting activewear is very real. Tops ride up, over-bump leggings are far too hot and under-bump leggings fall down at any significant movement (so basically all the time!).
Pelvic girdle pain or PGP is a tem used to describe pain in the joints of the pelvis. Most frequently occurring in pregnancy, it is triggered by the joints in the pelvis moving unevenly due to lax ligaments, a common side effect of your body producing the hormone relaxin to prep itself for the onset of labour.
Back when my son was just a tiny (screaming) bundle of joy and I couldn’t get to the gym, I would put my little man in the BabyBjörn carrier and go for a invigorating power walk along the Thames. Not only was it one of the few things that stopped him screaming (seriously it was constant!) but it was also an excellent way to ditch those lbs.
Ever since it first opened it’s doors way back 1998 (and well before HIIT become the no.1 buzz word on every fitness fanatics lips), Barry’s Bootcamp has set the standard for hard core, high intensity, bootcamp style workouts.
One of my favourite fitness studio’s barrecore, famed for their brilliant fat-burning full body workouts, have decided to step things up a gear and make achieving your wellness goals a whole lot easier.
Tired of dragging your gym kit around in something that wouldn’t look out of place on a 15 year old school boy? Well no more, brands are finally taking notice and realising that it’s not just our gym kit that needs to be stylish, what we carry it in matters too.
With Kim Kardashian recently announcing that she is taking vitamin pills made from her newborn son Saint’s placenta, I thought I would share my own experience of placenta encapsulation while discussing some of the pros and cons of the pills.
Purchasing stylish, new sportswear, is one way I motivate myself to exercise. My reasoning? Well, 1. If hard earned money has been spent, I better be getting my arse to the gym, and 2. Where else am I going to show off my cool new threads?!
Why do we think nothing about popping to the gym to exercise the muscles in our legs, arms and core, but the mere mention of exercising our pelvic floor (perhaps the most important muscles us woman should exercise) and we flush with embarrassment?