During pregnancy, women have a tendency to gain weight. It’s not just because of the cravings. They also need to eat more for the baby that is inside their womb. But after giving birth, they find themselves with excess pounds that they are dying to get rid of. This was certainly the case for a number of popular celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, and yet they were able to regain their beautiful figures. Do you want to know how they did it?
Looking for effective ways to accommodate your growing baby bump? Look no further, Aquatic exercise is one of the safest, most efficient forms of exercises out there! Working out in the water provides a natural form of resistance that challenges your muscles, whilst supporting you at the same time.
Here are 10 reasons why expecting mothers should get involved in aquatic exercise: Delivery Benefits:
Maintain physical fitness to ensure you are prepared for the physical demands of childbirth. Hydrotherapy have been reported to reduce stress and pain during labour. Hydrotherapy is also something you can do at all stages of your pregnancy.
Core Strength, Stability, Posture:
Movement in water provides resistance to the core muscles which helps maintain correct posture. Aquatic exercise better prepares your abdominal for functional use compared to land-based exercise. Water enables for a larger variety of isolation exercises on the core muscles which is limited on the pregnant body on land.
Greater flexibility and balance:
Providing assistance for upper and lower body motions, buoyancy is able to help enhance flexibility of tight and imbalanced muscle groups. This increases the range of motion with less discomfort than if attempted on land.
The density difference between water and the human body allows water to reduce the stress by up to 70% on your joints, bones, and muscles because of waters unloading property of buoyancy. This is a very safe and effective way to exercise for those who are pregnant as they can control the level at which they work.
Less Painful Limbs:
During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling (or “edema”) in the ankles and feet. The swelling tends to get worse as a woman’s due date nears.
Water pressure helps reduce swelling. Research has shown that just being in the water can reduce swelling as effectively as drugs. Its was found that water activities have diuretic and edema-relieving effects similar to static immersion.
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids develop as a result of venous pressure; exercise in the water has been shown to reduce this venous pressure. The combination of water pressure and movement of the muscles will work as a pump to helps return blood from the veins in the limbs.
Pregnant women have an elevated core temperature and must be cautious about overheating themselves and the fetus during exercise, especially during the first trimester. Water that is an appropriate temperature (26 to 28 degree Celsius) help cool the body effectively during exercise.
An appropriate diet during pregnancy is important for the mother’s health and for proper prenatal development. Since aquatic fitness allows you to safely remain active at all times throughout your pregnancy, it is easier to ensure your weight gain is “all baby” (baby, placenta, and amniotic fluid.) Not only are you more comfortable during your pregnancy, if you exercise regularly it makes it easier to regain your original figure after delivery!
Eases Gastrointestinal Problems:
With the growth of fetus, digestive system function may be affected. Movement and exercises will help to soothe the gastrointestinal problems.
Last but not least, aquatic exercise is a great way to help you get out of the house and meet other expecting Mums with similar interests and hobbies.
This article is retrieved from our Hydrotherapy Partner, Hydrolife Singapore. To book your BB Spa / Baby Hydrotherapy sessions, kindly proceed here.
Prenatal Yoga is simple, effective and most of all beneficial to both the mind and body. Experience the wonderful advantages of yoga during pregnancy as it brings about relaxation with gentle movements, stretching and breathing techniques. The breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
Each maternity exercise or movement can be tailored to your needs.
The ultimate goal? To ensure reduction in discomfort during your pregnancy journey, building strength and flexibility leading to the role of breath towards delivery.
So, what does Prenatal Yoga do?
Our Prenatal yoga classes include a series of properly sequenced yoga asana, incorporation of voice sound, pranayama practice and end with a relaxation session to integrate the effects of the practice.
The Benefits You will See
Reduction of back pain / sciatic / general aches as the spine is better aligned
Reduction of swelling and inflammation around joints
Increment in Energy
A healthier digestive system as the body is regulated
Physically ready for childbirth as muscles of pelvic floor are toned up
Improvement in emotional well-being
Better breathing thus more oxygen is carried through the body and to the fetus
Smoothen the delivery process as there is better control of the tension in the body
Regular Yoga practices make pregnant women feel an overall sense of peace and harmony and better control of emotions. All our prenatal classes are conducted by qualified instructors and are held in small groups for better focus. Enjoy wonderful pregnancy workouts in the East of Singapore!
This article is retrieved from our Yoga Partner, Inspire Mum & Baby.To book your Prenatal Yoga sessions, kindly proceed here.
These activities and freebies are just a few great ways to show our gratitude and support for our helpers and foreign domestic workers, and BMB is excited to share the benefits of our workshops with readers of Sassy Mama! During Education Week (17 to 24 May), we are offering 2 great workshops for all to enjoy and learn!
Sassy Mama Perk: The first 50 helpers to register for each of the below courses will receive a discounted price of $68 ($100 off regular rates!); register for both courses and pay just $128 total (U.P. $229). Promotion must be booked by 31 May 2019.
Express Infant Massage Course (Non-certified)
This 3-hour course is great for caretakers to learn the essential massage techniques for infants. Infant massage classes are a fun way to learn how to soothe and relieve tummy upset; how to understand the non-verbal language of babies, and much more.
Infant First-Aid Workshop
In this 120-minute course, caregivers receive vital first aid training to ensure baby’s safety. It’s an important way to understand the non-verbal language of children, especially infants who cannot express how they feel and what is wrong with them. The workshop also provides key tips for childproofing your home to ensure little one grows up in a safe environment.
How do I register?
Simply click the links above and quote SASSYMAMA at checkout! To register for both classes, just tick the “Add-on Infant First Aid” box after registering for Infant Massage here.
How do I register for both courses?
Get the best of both Infant Massage & First-Aid courses at $128 (U.P. $229)! Simply check the “1 session + 120-min First Aid Workshop” box and you’ve got both courses in your cart! Don’t forget to quote SASSYMAMA at checkout!
Please also note: Classes are conducted every Sunday from May through August. Each class can hold a maximum of 20 participants. Promo code only applies for the first 50 sign-ups for each course.
The first ever, “Celebrating Beautiful Mums 2019” (“CBM”) is part Beauty Pageant and part Mini Baby Fair organised by BMB and its partners! As part of BMB’s 10th Anniversary, we would like to invite YOU to be part of it!
Submit your entry for our Mrs Beautiful Bump here and immediately redeem one of the following FREE sessions from now until 18th October 2019!
10 lucky mummies will be selected for a 2-Hour Free Preview Workshop for Pregnant Couples (worth $77) at BMB on 20 October 2019 from 10am to 12pm! If you’re between 13 to 20 weeks pregnant and looking to enjoy a fast, smooth birth with less anxiety, fear and stress, this is the class to join. This is also the perfect workshop to bring your Husband or a Plus-One to come to class with you! 😀
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Giveaway will be closed on 18 Oct 2019 and 10 lucky winners will be picked on 19 Oct 2019! Good luck to all mummies!
Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
This giveaway is open to expecting mothers who meet the following criteria: Singaporean / PR / Special Pass, be of 21 years of age and above, and are between 13 to 20 weeks of their pregnancy! If you do not meet the criteria, please continue to share it with your friends and family who may fit this criteria!
Beauty Mums & Babies reserves the right to verify the eligibility of each participant and may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for the purpose of verifying the eligibility of an entry. The prizes may be withheld until and unless Beauty Mums & Babies is satisfied with the verification
This giveaway is ‘Beauty Mums & Babies June Giveaway’ and ‘the giveaway period’ is from 7 to 18 October 2019 (11:59pm), inclusive.
Prizes are as follows: 2-Hour Free Preview Workshop for Pregnant Couples (worth $77) at BMB on 20 October 2019 from 10am to 12pm
To qualify: Participants must be of or over 21 years of age at the start of the giveaway period, must be between 13 to 20 weeks of their pregnancy, must have a valid Facebook account (for verification purposes) and must be a follower of Beauty Mums & Babies’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/beautymumsbabies/). One (1) entry by a participant consists of a ‘like’ on Beauty Mums & Babies’ Facebook page, a like & a share on the Facebook giveaway post, and tagged 2 Facebook friends. Multiple entries per person are allowed for this giveaway.
Participant’s details must be provided after they are selected as a winner (i.e. Full Name, Contact Number).
The official time is Singapore Facebook time. Any entry posted before and after the cut-off time will not be considered.
At the end of the giveaway period, all eligible entries will be compiled. Beauty Mums & Babies will select ten (10) winners from Facebook. Winners will be announced via a winner announcement post on Beauty Mums & Babies’ Facebook page.
For avoidance of doubt, the eligibility of all entries would be subject to Beauty Mums & Babies’ decision. All matters relating to the giveaway is final, conclusive and binding on all participants and no correspondence will be entertained.
All winners will be determined by the Management of Beauty Mums & Babies (whose decision shall be final) after the closing of the entry period and notified via the announcement post on Beauty Mums & Babies’ Facebook page.
All winners to this giveaway must contact Beauty Mums & Babies via Facebook Direct Message within 6 days upon the announcement of the winners and provide their details (refer to point 4) to be eligible for the prize.
Prize redemption will be [VENUE TBC] on 20 October 2019, 10am. Winners must bring along their NRIC for verification. Prizes cannot be rescheduled, refunded for cash or exchanged for other services, products or workshops.
Each prize is awarded conditionally upon acceptance and if a winner is uncontactable within 6 days upon announcement of the winners, a supplementary winner may be drawn by the Management of Beauty Mums & Babies.
If any prize is unclaimed or declined by the end of the prize collection date, the prize shall be deemed as unclaimed or unaccepted. Beauty Mums & Babies will not be responsible should any winner fail to redeem the prize within the specified date.
Beauty Mums & Babies assumes no responsibility and is not liable for any costs, charges or expenses which a winner may be required to pay at any time in connection with the prize or in order to attend a prize presentation or prize collection.
Beauty Mums & Babies reserves the right to provide substitute prize(s) of similar value should the specified prize becomes unavailable. Cash will not be offered and the prizes are not transferable.
In the event of actual or suspected fraud or abuse, such as but not limited to plagiarism, and/or errors affecting the proper operation of this Giveaway, including the allocation of more prizes than are available, Beauty Mums & Babies reserves the right to (a) end or suspend the Giveaway, (b) amend these terms & conditions, (c) declare void the notification of winner(s) and reselection of winner(s), or any combination of these resolution methods.
Data of each participant will be collected, stored and processed for the purposes of administering and assessing this Giveaway. By joining this giveaway, participants consent to and grant Beauty Mums & Babies Fun Fit Birth Singapore and BMB’s partners the right to use the giveaway submission (images/videos) for marketing, promotion and/or advertisement purposes, including print, audio-visual and social media, without restriction or limitation and for an unlimited number of times.
Beauty Mums & Babies’ decision on the giveaway results is deemed as final and no correspondence shall be entertained.
Beauty Mums & Babies reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend the promotion and/or review and revise these terms and conditions at any time without giving prior notice. By continuing to take part in the giveaway subsequent to any revision of these terms and conditions, each participant shall be deemed to have agreed to any such new or amended terms.
Nominations are open to expecting mothers who meet the following criteria: Singaporean / PR / Special Pass, be of 21 years of age and above, and are between 13 to 20 weeks of their pregnancy!
After being nominated / selected as Giveaway Winners, all Mummies are required to attend the Labour & Birth Workshop conducted by Fun Fit Birth Singapore on 20 October 2019 from 10am to 12pm at [VENUE TBC]. Mummies are also required to attend the Why Mothers Should Be Entrepreneurs conducted by Mother Industrialist from 12pm to 1pm.
All Mummies must also participate in the photo-taking sessions taking during this program.
All Mummies are hereby specially invited to attend the “Mrs Beautiful Bump” Finals on 28 October 2019 as Nominees.
Nominees must make a full disclosure of their particulars, and any misrepresentation of any fact or particulars shall result in disqualification.
Nominees must fit the prerequisites of the Celebrating Beautiful Mums Pageant.
By submitting an entry form for the Celebrating Beautiful Mums Pageant, Nominees irrevocably grants Beauty Mums & Babies (BMB) the right to use the particulars for marketing purposes.
Nominees are to be responsible for her own transportation to and from the various functions, events and the Finals throughout the duration of the Pageant.
The crowned Mrs Beautiful Bump Grand Winner, 2nd Runner Up and 3rd Runner Up will be invited to events organised by Beauty Mums & Babies (BMB) from time to time, and will be invited to partake in photoshoots as part of her reign as Mrs Beautiful Bump and an Ambassador for BMB.