Gemma Atkinson shares pregnancy workout with fans - and some sage advice

18th Feb 19 | Lifestyle

The former Emmerdale actress looks in peak condition with her growing baby bump, and told followers that safety should always come first.

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Gemma Atkinson isn’t known for light, half-hour workouts and a laissez-faire attitude to exercise, but with her first child on the way with boyfriend Gorka Marquez, even she has had to revise her routine.

The 34-year-old appeared in a video posted to her Instagram, laying down a spirited workout to the sound of Fifth Harmony’s That’s My Girl.

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Today’s workout was done at home. I did a 30 min circuit using mainly my body weight (because my baby is heavy enough) 😂 My dumbbells were 3kg so a lot less then usual but I felt great afterwards. I’m wearing a @myzonemoves belt to make sure my heart rate stays in the “safe zone” for baby and for me. I don’t want it too high. I’ve been cleared by my doctor, midwife and Evil Steve to do these exercises and before even considering exercise when pregnant YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST GET THE GO AHEAD FROM PROFESSIONALS. It doesn’t look like a lot and being honest, for the usual me it would have just been my warm up. For pregnant me though, it was fine 😊 I’m actually enjoying training for my baby as apposed to just me and these simple moves, I’ve found have become my go to when training alone at home. Obviously every woman & every pregnancy is different. There may be some of you who are doing way more then this, some of you who are doing way less. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Especially when you are pregnant! Ive made that my number 1 rule! I’m just listening to my body, making note of how tired I am and making my exercise choices daily based on that. I have 2 reformer Pilates sessions next week and 2 sessions with Evil Steve and that’s enough for me. I followed this with a homemade smoothie made with almond milk, banana, spinach, peanut butter and cinnamon. It was delicious 😋🤰

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Looking relaxed but focused, Atkinson breezed through squats, curls and side leg raises – while wearing a heart rate monitor, to ensure that her heartbeat stayed in the ‘safe zone’ for both mother and child.

Safety, she was quick to pinpoint, comes first. “I’ve been cleared by my midwife, doctor and Evil Steve,” she said, referring her famously punitive personal trainer, “and before even considering exercise when pregnant YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY GET THE GO AHEAD FROM PROFESSIONALS.”

Atkinson is clear that everyone must do what works for them. “Every woman and every pregnancy is different,” she said. “There may be some of you who are doing way more than this, some of you who are doing way less. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, especially when you are pregnant! I’ve made that my number one rule!”

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Atkinson was a Strictly Come Dancing finalist in 2017 (Joe Giddens/PA)

It’s not the first time she’s delivered her fans some real talk since announcing her pregnancy at the start of this month. “All I’ve been asked since people know I’m pregnant is ‘Are you worried about putting on weight?'” she wrote on Instagram, “Well, in a word, NO.”

“My cellulite will increase due to the rapid increase in oestrogen in my body. I’ll at times look bloated or have some spots and carry water retention due to my hormones changing, but all of the above are signs that my body is working correctly to house my baby.”

Most experts agree that exercising during pregnancy is healthy, but you need to go about it the right way. “It’s important to keep physically active during pregnancy,” says Clare Livingstone, professional policy advisor at the Royal College of Midwives. “Moderate exercise will not harm a woman or her baby, and recreational exercise, such as swimming or brisk walking, is known to be beneficial.”

“The exercise pregnant women take should reflect their previous exercise regime. If a women has not exercised routinely up to their pregnancy, they should begin with no more than 15 minutes of continuous exercise, three times per week, increasing gradually to daily 30-minute sessions.

“The RCM strongly advises that women discuss exercising with their midwife or GP, particularly if they have any concerns.”

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