Hooray! All that tough work in the bedroom finally paid off, resulting in a positive sign on your pregnancy exam. And while all that "studying" probably resulted in some heavy breathing and sweating (at least for your sake we hope it did), the hard work has only just begun. Mama, you've got a lifetime of happy challenges in front of you, and you need to be fit for whatever your new baby brings. I spoke with , a Los Angeles-based fitness specialist and the creator of three award-winning programs, the excuse-proof workout Sweat UNLIMITED, the prenatal workout Expecting MORE, and the postnatal program Expecting More: The 4th Trimester Workout, to get the scoop on everything you need to know about exercising while pregnant. Haley herself is a mother of two and one of the most sought-after prenatal and postnatal experts in the fitness industry, so you know she's got your back (and your cute growing belly).
Pregnancy is such a wonderful, amazing, life changing experience. It’s a time that most woman embrace their bodies and try to do what’s right for themselves and their growing baby. When it comes to exercising during pregnancy, if one was to go online and start researching what to do, or not do, they may drive themselves crazy with all the mixed messages out there. Not to mention, other people they speak to who will have their own opinion on the matter as well. Truth is, there is no “one size fits all,” when it comes to exercising while pregnant. Whether this is your 1st or 5th pregnancy, there are certain guidelines one should follow that may help them along the way to staying healthy, fit and safe during this exciting time and also set you on the right track to getting back into shape postpartum as well!
1) Always speak with your doctor first about your current situation, fitness level and concerns before you start any new fitness program. Also make sure there are no contraindications to exercising during your pregnancy. Your doctor can go thru these with you, if any, and set a game plan for you. Make sure you let them know the types of physical activity you do as well.
You may be wondering whether exercise while pregnant is safe. The good news is that it is; there are also a number of benefits to doing exercises while pregnant, including the fact that it will help you improve your stamina when it comes to labor.
Exercising during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial for you and your baby. Regular exercise during pregnancy can boost your mood, improve sleep, and reduce aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Exercising while pregnant can help prevent pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. It also keeps your body strong so that you are more likely to lose the baby weight faster after pregnancy as well. After all muscle burns more than fat and if we lose all our muscle mass during pregnancy we will have to work on building it up again after delivery. Or we could work to maintain it during pregnancy by applying these best exercises during pregnancy to our daily routine.