Equipment

You don’t need to buy any special exercise gear. You can exercise throughout your whole pregnancy and the rest of your life without spending a fortune. Walking and jogging are brilliant exercise (ok so you need some trainers!) and you can work your muscles with a couple of water bottles.

However, you will probably get more out of your programme long term with some basic equipment.

I have listed some bits and bobs below, but the choice is entirely yours.

Here is a summary of what is listed below:

EXERCISE STUFF: dumbbells | resistance bands | gym ball | twist board | ab roller | cross trainer and exercise bike in one | running pushchair | Maternity vest/tank top

HEALTH: skincare oil | perineal massage oil | back and bump support | over bump support | bolster pillow | post baby wrap | pregnacare pregnancy vitamins

Exercise equipment


Rucanor Profi Vinyl Dumbbell Set - 12 kilograms

by Rucanor
Rucanor
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If you only invest in one thing make it a set of dumbbells (or preferably two or three sets!) These little hand held weights will make your exercise much more effective than using just your bodyweight. They are cheap, small and easy to store and open up so many possibilities for your workouts. For the 3-Plan I recommend a set of 3kg hand weights. If you can get a couple of sets or are very new to exercise start with a 1kg pair. To push yourself and for certain exercises and extra quick results invest in some 5kg dumbbells.

One2Fit Resistance Bands for Exercise - set of 3 - 1.2 m long (each)

by One2Fit
One2Fit
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A resistance band is a great way to add variety to your exercise routine. I don’t use one in the 3-Plan, but there’s lots of good exercise programmes out there. You can choose from different resistances from easy to hard. You can carry round this lightweight lovely for outdoor or daytime workouts and take it on your hols. Working with a resistance band is low impact and enables you to control your own resistance so you need to make sure you are challenging yourself enough (without going too mad!)

66Fit Gym Ball With Pump & Dvd - Silver, 65 cm

by 66Fit
66Fit
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Not a great space saver, but a great bit of exercise equipment if you want to spend some time focussing on strengthening your core muscles. Nearly everything you do with the gym ball will require some core stability so keep your tum pulled in tight at all times when you are using it. I don’t use a gym ball in the 3-Plan, but it is great to have one in pregnancy to sit and bounce on to encourage your baby down into your pelvis (in the later stages) and to do some core strengthening work with. If you don’t have much space buy a furry cover and double it up as interior design feature!

Everlast For Her Twist Board

by Everlast
Everlast
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OMG – this will change your life. Well, your waistline anyway! After I had my daughter I started doing 100 twists on my twist board every morning (only takes a couple of minutes) and it has given me my waist back. You need to keep you knees nice and bent and your tum really pulled in the whole time. Also, keep your arms high or hold some light weights to bring your upper body in too. A twist board is cheap, portable, easy to store and super-effective so what are you waiting for?! This daily exercise makes a great addition to the 3-Plan.

66fit Abdominal Roller Wheel with Knee Pad

by 66fit Limited
66Fit
Price: $78.79
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Another great tummy toner, this is like doing repetitions of the plank! You need to keep your tum pulled in and roll forward from your knees until you feel your core muscles tensing. At that point hold your position for a couple of seconds then slowly return to kneeling. This will also work your arms and shoulders, just be careful not to over-extend and put pressure on your back. This is a tough one, but again a few reps a day will give you really quick results. This also makes a great addition to the 3-Plan.

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This is the best thing I have ever brought! I know its not cheap and you can’t tuck it away in a drawer, but it really does make doing exercise easy and convenient. The fact it doubles up as a cycle means you can sit down regularly if you find normal cross training hard going later in pregnancy or just fancy doing something different. Having this at home means you can jump on a burn some calories quickly and easily whenever the opportunity presents itself (even if that’s while your baby naps first thing and you are in your PJs!) Putting on my fave tunes and getting a bit sweaty on my cross trainer remains one of my simple pleasures to de-stress and have a bit of me-time. You wouldn’t regret buying it!

Quinny Speedi SX Stroller (Raven)

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Quinny
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If you are a keen runner then a running pushchair would be a great investment for you. I wouldn’t put your baby in some of these before they are 6 months old (their little necks might get a bit too jigged about), but some would be fine for a little jog from day one. See individual product details to find out. This is a great way to get outside, burn some calories, get your little one some fresh air and keep up your running. I got mine at a boot sale; you don’t have to spend top dollar (although this one is gorgeous!)

Maternity Tank Top in Grey

by Lulu Arver
Lulu Arver
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It’s not always easy to find exercise clothes when you are expecting. This top is lovely and you could definitely wear it when you are not exercising too. Its quite expensive, but has plenty of room for a big bump so will last for your whole pregnancy. I found investing in a few good basics was better than having lots of poorly fitting items. You want to feel glam after all!

Health products


Bio Oil - 6.7 Oz/200 ml, made in South Africa

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Bio Oil
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The best way to prevent stretch marks is to not gain too much excess weight during pregnancy. Even then you are not guaranteed to get away with it. My advice would be to do everything possible to try and prevent them. This includes exercising, aiming for a healthy weight gain, eating healthily and keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised. I used this oil religiously throughout my pregnancy (and still today 16 months on) every evening. It smells lovely and feels nice and over time will reduce the appearance of any marks you do have. Needs to be a regular, long term commitment though!

Perineal Massage Oil

by Shower My Baby
Shower My Baby
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The jury’s out on this one as well, but I think it’s worth a try! This is another product that you need to use regularly and correctly for it to have any chance of helping to prevent tears to your nether regions during childbirth. Look online for how to properly massage this area and try to do it twice a day for the last few weeks of pregnancy. Personally, I think relaxation is the key to comfortable childbirth; I did hypnobirthing and found the whole experience entirely bearable with no pain relief at all and without need for too much fanny repair afterwards.

NEO G Pregnancy Support Belt - LARGE - Beige - Medical Grade support, reversible design, during & after pregnancy aid, breathable material HELPS postnatal muscle, ligament laxity & lower back pain

by Neo-G
Neo G
Price: $32.99
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I wore my back and bump support nearly all the time during my pregnancy, right up to the end. It made me feel extra confident exercising. Is also great for relieving pressure on your back and helping you keep a good posture. There are lots of different types; over the bump and under the bump and they all come in different sizes and colours so make sure you get the one most suitable for you.

Anita Women's Maternity Baby Belt,White,X-Large

by Anita
Anita
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See text above; this one is great for early pregnancy, but won’t be any good once your bump gets bigger. make sure you buy the right size.

Bolster Pillow + FREE PILLOW CASE

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Hometexstyle
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This pillow may well come between you and your partner, but hey it doesn’t snore! Sleeping can get very uncomfortable once your bump starts to get big. Sleeping on your left side is ideal (to make sure you are not restricting blood flow to your baby, but don’t panic you’ll probably turn yourself over if you aren’t super comfy on your back) and this pillow is brilliant for helping you find the perfect position. You can have it between your legs, which is great for taking pressure off of your pelvis.

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These are all the rage in America, but haven’t taken off quite as much over here yet. The theory goes that this tight band helps your tummy muscles ‘knit back together’ once you have had your baby. I think the best way to do this is to maintain good core strength throughout your pregnancy and resume your core exercises as soon as possible after the birth. Having said that, this wrap might help and will not do you any harm at all; it supports your back and can protect your scar if you had a c-section.

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original - 90 Tablets

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Pregnacare
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We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is the best way to nourish ourselves and our growing baby during pregnancy. We also know that it is not always possible to get our 5 a day and 100% of the recommended daily amount of all vitamins and minerals. This supplement will cover all the bases for you, including some really important pregnancy nutrients like folic acid and the B vitamins. You can choose to have the ones that come with omega-3 too; this is another important nutrient for your little one (and good for your brain and skin – every little helps!)