Gemma Atkinson has shared a look at her growing baby bump as she filmed her pregnancy workout regime at home.
The former Emmerdale actress, who is expecting her first baby with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, showed off her bump just weeks after announcing her pregnancy.
Gemma, 34, showed her fans how to exercise safely while expecting – and revealed she had to work out while wearing a heart monitor because she didn’t want to raise her heart beat too high.
"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," she wrote on Instagram .
"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."
Gemma went on: "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!"
She added: "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."
Gemma revealed she and Gorka haven’t yet found out whether they’re having a boy or a girl – but fans are convinced it’s a girl because of the shape of her bump.
"Mark my words through if we do have a girl this will be me. 100%," she joked, sharing a picture of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley from the Alien films.
Radio presenter Gemma has previously confessed how hard she found it not to hit the gym in the first few weeks of pregnancy – and her sadness at having to give up her high-intensity regimes, which included 40kg barbell lunges.
"I’ve started yoga which I’m really enjoying. The main thing is my food, I’ve wanted to eat more nutritious stuff than before because I’m just aware that it ain’t just about me anymore," she said last week.
"I’m just a kind of carrier for this little being and I need to keep healthy."
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