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Coleen Rooney has a lifestyle many envy. Not only is she married to the Premier League’s richest footballer Wayne Rooney , she’s also a doting mum to their two adorable sons Kai, five, and two-year-old Klay with a third child due in January. Fiercely private Coleen, 29, tends to keep her family away from the media glare in fact, we only ever see her in a two-piece when she’s snapped on a faraway tropical beach. Despite only recently returning from Portugal, just one of over 14 holidays in just two years, she still has time for a chat with Now…. Coleen, you look amazing. How’s your pregnancy going. Yeah, it’s been fine. No sickness or nothing I’ve been lucky. I was a bit tired at the beginning, but yeah it’s going good. Have you had any pregnancy food cravings. No, I never got any with the others either. I do feel like I need more sugar, but I don’t know if that’s an energy thing. I don’t eat much chocolate, but I do feel like a little bit of that now and again. You’ve been hitting the gym what exercise do you do when you’re pregnant. I do a form of Pilates, which I love. So I plan on carrying on until I feel like I want to stop. Your body’s going to change during pregnancy, but I go to the gym as well to get that little energy boost I feel better when I go. Do you think mums are under too much pressure to regain their pre-baby. bodies once they’ve had their child. I think it’s what you pay attention to. I pay attention to none of it. In my own time I’ll get back to what I am, but it’s hard after pregnancy. You’ve got so much to do with a newborn baby, so you’ve got to give yourself a rest and concentrate on your baby. I’m quite a strong person so I don’t really listen to: ‘You’ve got to do this,’ or: ‘You’ve got to do that. ’ I think you have to do what your body tells you. Do you feel attractive as a mum. You have your days where your hair’s a mess and you’ve got no time to get ready in the morning. There are times where I go and get my hair or make-up done for a night out and I feel nice within myself. But on a day-to-day basis, I’m quite a casual person. Your main priority as a mum is your kids. You’ve got two sons already, are you nervous about juggling three children. You just learn to cope. Obviously going from no kids to one kid. Source: www.nowmagazine.co.uk
We like to call personal trainer Irene McCormick “The Queen of Mean” — but she’s also the queen of making sure women know they can and should exercise during pregnancy. “It’s more difficult to do some of the movement patterns but you’re not broken,” says Irene. “There’s nothing wrong with you, you just have to acknowledge and honor that your body is changing and work with it. ”. By the second trimester, my belly was blossoming. affecting my breathing, balance and range of motion. Irene says most pregnant women may want to shorten cardio or make them less intense, and lift lighter weights. But she shows us some compound exercises that are perfect prenatal moves. Both the squat with a lat pull-down and rotation and lunges with an overhead press build strength and endurance – which I’ll need during labor. There are also exercises pregnant women should do to prevent diastasis recti — it’s literally a splitting of the rectus abdominis. Some things make it more likely — like poor posture, and doing the wrong exercises — like full crunches or v-ups. Moves that force you to recruit deep abdominal muscles are good choices. Any sort of side plank will do the trick, and a roll out on a stability ball also requires a lot of focus. As you consider exercising while you’re expecting, remember Mean Irene’s words of wisdom, “Your pregnancy body may be bigger, but it’s not broken. Source: whotv.com
While the benefits of yoga in pregnancy are well-established, after the baby is born, most mums are too exhausted or hormonally challenged to keep it up. However, with baby yoga, mum and little one can both reap the rewards of the relaxing exercise. After all, how often do we marvel at babies’ flexibility, watching them putting their feet in their mouth or effortlessly doing the downward dog. Gail Bovenizer of Harmony Yoga Ireland has been doing yoga with parents and their babies for almost 10 years. She says babies — and their parents —benefit hugely from the classes. “It’s all about movement and socialisation,” she says. “We do hip sequences which can be quite good for relieving wind, colic and constipation. "For the babies themselves, they’re stretching out, they’re moving. There’s language development because there’s a lot of singing going on in the class. "For the parents, they get out of the house and meet other people. We always have a cup of tea or coffee at the end so they can have a good chat. The babies in Bovenizer’s classes range in age from three months up to nearly 18 months. “If the parents don’t go back to work, they just keep coming back,” she says. From 18 months on, they can move on to toddler yoga classes. “We have toddlers and I’m jealous of how flexible they are,” says Bovenizer. “The yoga helps them become much more aware of their bodies. I have a little girl in toddler yoga who did baby yoga and she can name all the parts of her body — she is really interested in how her body works, for example, when she’s eating, what parts of her body are involved with that process. The classes Bovenizer teaches in Churchtown, Co Dublin, are simple and relaxed, given the nature of her clients. “We always have an icebreaker, where everybody says something about themselves and their baby every week which builds a relationship between the parents and the babies. "We do a simple warm-up, we don’t want to do too much as the babies are always involved. We do a dry massage, which gives the babies an awareness of their bodies. “We do different songs and rhymes, we do some sitting down, some lying down, putting the babies on their backs. "Then we do some work with the babies while standing. Then we do some relaxation at the end, followed by tea and coffee. While it’s mainly mums who. Source: www.irishexaminer.com
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently ...
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