Worried about staying fit during pregnancy? Many mommies-to-be are concerned about staying fit during pregnancy, and have many questions for their doctors about the safest way to stay healthy, active, and fit during pregnancy – without overdoing it! This is a guest post by fitness expert and expectant mommy Jess Allen, MS, CSCS. Below, she gives her expert opinion and personal experience…
When I found out I was pregnant, my first question to my doctor was, Can I still exercise…like I have been?(Note: it’s important that you consult your doctor about staying fit during pregnancy—get on the same page!)
Because I’m a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I needed to exercise. My doctor was on board and encouraged me to keep at it. It likely would help me throughout the pregnancy and even in the delivery room. I’ll let you know on the latter as I’m due in early June!
I had been very active prior to pregnancy teaching HIIT (high impact interval training) classes, running, and doing CrossFit, so I wasn’t interested in slowing down right away. Plus, I had worked hard for those muscles!
Again, each woman is different depending on preexisting conditions, health risks, and exercise history. So, listening to your body is likely the best cue!
Tips for Staying Fit for Two: 1. Keep going! If you have been active prior to pregnancy, there is no reason to stop unless your doctor has advised otherwise. You likely will feel better, sleep more soundly, and baby will be healthier too. Now isn’t necessarily the time to try to PR or set a 1RM (one repetition maximum) in the weight room, but you certainly can keep training like you love.
2. Be a role model By staying active, you will inspire other mommies to be to keep moving too. Plus, who wants to get shown up by a pregnant woman in the gym?!
3. Its not just extra weight While it’s easy to think of pregnancy in term of pounds gained, you are growing a human being. That requires a lot of work. Your body will tire more easily, especially as you progress in your pregnancy. Be kind to yourself and know that modifications will eventually have to happen.
4. Avoid the comparison trap Exercises that are comfortable for me, could be very uncomfortable for another. For example, I ran (jog) until 29 weeks. After that, running was simply uncomfortable, but I’ve known others who could keep running until the day they went into labor. However, strength training using intervals has felt fantastic the entire time. Squats, lunges, planks, incline push-ups, kettlebell swings, and even jump roping all felt great and made me feel even better.
5. Listen to your body Each and every woman is different when it comes to pregnancy and exercise, so listen to your body. It will certainly let you know when enough is enough. Likewise, if you feel comfortable and can exercise and talk, keep moving mama!
For a list of prenatal workouts Jess has been doing, visit her at Blonde Ponytail.
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