Jessica Ennis-Hill shares the inspiration behind her Jennis Pregnancy exercise app, and tells us why she wants every woman to be able to access the expertise she had when she was pregnant…
My name is Jessica Ennis-Hill and I’m probably most well known for two things – winning a gold medal for heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympics (what a day that was!) and winning Gold at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015, 13 months after the birth of my first baby, Reggie. The press went wild for that one, calling it the mother of all comebacks (see what they did there) and saying that it looked easy.
I can tell you now that it wasn’t easy (far from it!) but the thing that helped me get there was the fitness programme I did throughout my pregnancy – the same workouts I share in the Jennis Pregnancy exercise app.
When I first became pregnant with Reggie, I spent a lot of time Googling what I could and couldn’t do to stay active and found the information available complicated, confusing and contradictory.
I was lucky that I had a team around me who could help me bust the myths and create a programme that was really safe and really worked with the needs of my body as it changed through my pregnancy.
I passionately believe that every woman should have access to the same level of expertise and the same guidance I had when I was pregnant
I passionately believe that every woman should have access to the same level of expertise and the same guidance I had when I was pregnant, which is why I decided to create Jennis Pregnancy.
My big goal is to share all the expertise I learnt when I was pregnant so that no women has to ever feel confused or scared about how to stay active.
The programme features all the same workouts that I did throughout all my pregnancies. Every single exercise is physio-approved and expertly explained by me. (That makes it sound serious. The exercises are also really fun and, for me, gave me valuable ‘me time’ and a real mood boost.)
The programme features all the same workouts that I did throughout all my pregnancies
Does that mean the workouts are tough?
You’re probably thinking that if an Olympic athlete did these programmes, they must be really challenging.
But the fact is that when you’re pregnant, you can’t challenge your body in the same way that you did. What you can do, however, is work on targeted strength and resistance training that supports the way your body is changing.
Because of this, the exercises I share in the Jennis Pregnancy app aren’t crazy challenging, but they are right for the needs of every pregnant woman – supporting the way that specific muscles are growing, changing and adapting.
As you’ll see as we go through the programme, it’s by focusing on these specific muscles (and the hormonal changes you are experiencing) that you support your body while pregnant, ease a lot of the pregnancy symptoms and come back to fitness after having your baby, stronger than ever.