During pregnancy your body
experiences dramatic physiological
changes that require a carefully
designed exercise program. These
naturally occurring changes are not
permanent, and the benefits of regular
exercise are many. Always check with
your health care provider for any
limitations on your activity before
attempting any exercises.
Since then, May and other researchers have discovered even more ways that prenatal exercise benefits not only an expectant mother, but her growing baby, too—sometimes for years into the future—as attendees learned at last week’s Experimental Biology 2014 meeting in San Diego.
Exercise during pregnancy is great, even essential, but make sure to take it slow and not overdo it. Focus on spreading your exercise throughout the week, rather than doing a lot on one or two days. Only take pilates classes formulated specifically for pregnant women, and make sure the instructor is well-informed regarding prenatal exercise, etc. And, remember, pregnancy is not the time to get a six pack. Exercise for your health and that of your baby, not to lose weight or radically increase muscle tone. Make sure you're eating a balanced diet with at least 80 grams of protein. I have a friend that was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and part of the prescription for dealing with it included walking for 20 minutes after each meal or large snack. Needless to say, by the time she gave birth, she had significant more muscle tone and was in better overall shape than when she conceived. Take it slow, be aware of your heart rate and heat level, and drink lots of water. (Yoga is also fantastic for shaping up in pregnancy, and has a mind/body approach that pregnant moms find very relaxing and even helpful for morning sickness. You may want to try taking a class--you are welcome at any stage of pregnancy.) hope that helps
Last year when I was pregnant with my son I took a wonderful prenatal yoga class (at the Berkeley YMCA) lead by Dr. Sara Gottfried. Sara was also pregnant at the time (with her second child) and she was able to share a wealth of knowledge and experience (as a pregnant woman, a mother, a yoga practitioner and an ob-gyn). I had already decided on a home birth but, had that not been the case, I DEFINITELY would have wanted to see an ob-gyn like Sara. If you are interested in a doctor that will not only support you in a prenatal exercise program but also encourage a holistic approach to your pregnany I think she is worth looking up! Vanessa