Nicci Howard is a wife and a mom of a 3 year old girl whom she loves to spend time with playing outdoors and being active. She owns a private training studio, HeartStrong Fitness in Missouri and in addition to that she does online private training and pre-set workouts for individuals who cannot make the leap yet to private training (www.heartstrongfit.com). She is certified personal trainer and certified sports nutritionist. She has specialty training in pre and post natal clients and enjoys helping other learn to “live the lifestyle” so that health and fitness is not a task but is just life!
It is important to live a healthy life, always, but there is a time in life when women really get that kick-in-the pants to get started…..when that second blue line appears on the test. But is that really a good time to start working out?
It is. It’s not a good idea to start training for a marathon (or even a half marathon) if you weren’t already in training before your found out. Jumping in with both feet into a brand new, hardcore workout is not ideal either. But getting moving is imperative to a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby and healthy family. Doctors will tell you that you should exercise for a healthy pregnancy.
Did you know it is ok to lift weights during pregnancy? It is. I did, and my pregnant clients do…and there are a lot of them lately! Strength training will help build the strong muscles that you need to hold the weight that you will gain, it will help your posture as your body changes and your mentality as you go through changes. It will also create a body that is prepared for what it is about to do in 9 months…labor. Adding cardio will help keep your blood moving and your heart pumping for optimal health during the 9 months up through your labor day. I literally trained for labor like it was an event and when my tiny one popped out my OB said that I was an “athlete” during the labor (and for me, that was a compliment!). Labor is definitely the finish line of this event you are training for.
So where do you start? Well, if you were already active then keep it up! There will be some necessary modifications as you start to get bigger in the belly but keep doing what you did before you had a bun in the oven, as long as you feel comfortable. If you are a newby and want to get a jump start for your your and your baby’s future healthy lifestyle then walking, jogging, dancing and lifting light weights are great places to start. You will want a set routine to have so you know what to do and following a plan will keep you on track over time. You can take scheduled classes at a gym or make an appointment with a personal trainer to help guide you and keep yourself committed. You can even look online for pregnancy workouts. Whatever you choose to do, stay committed to your health and your baby’s health during and after pregnancy! Here’s to a happy, healthy pregnancy!
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