Zara Phillips announces first pregnancy with Mike Tindall

by Missy Jaramillo

Zara Phillips announces first pregnancy with Mike Tindall

These days, it isn't all just about Kate Middleton and her baby when it comes to the royal family - other relatives are expecting, too! Recently, news broke that the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips, is pregnant with her first child. This means that Middleton's infant will have a little playmate in the near future!

Phillips is 14th in line to the throne, according to ABC News. However, she spends most of her time focusing on her career rather than when she may or may not become queen. Phillips is renowned for her equestrian abilities, which have earned her a silver medal in the Olympics in the past. Now, the athlete will need to shift her attention to how to cope with first trimester symptoms alongside her husband, Mike Tindall.

Some people wonder whether Phillips will continue riding during her pregnancy, which can be perceived as dangerous. However, equestrian Mary King recently spoke to The Telegraph about her previous riding experience while expecting. She told the news source that she rode until the five month mark - her doctor claimed that the first six weeks of pregnancy were critical. However, the risks significantly drop afterward, meaning Phillips should be safe if she intends to continue with her career.

How much can my body handle?
Even if you're not an Olympic equestrian, you might be interested in getting some exercise while you're expecting - but what type of physical activity is safe for your body? As soon as you find out you're having a baby, it's in your best interests to speak to your primary care provider about what's acceptable during the pregnancy calendar. He or she will also let you know how to maintain your overall health as you exercise while pregnant.

Low-impact exercises such as swimming or power walking can help you stay fit during your pregnancy. However, keep in mind that you should always listen to your body - don't push yourself if you feel fatigued. Make sure you're getting plenty of rest as your body adjusts to these new changes. Additionally, stay hydrated as you work out and engage in everyday physical activities around the house.

How have you stayed fit while pregnant in the past? Do you have any types of exercise to recommend to expectant mothers? Leave your feedback in the comments section!