Smart fitness for moms in any stage: bump, new baby, and beyond.
The age-old question of how to properly exercise during pregnancy is one that new moms-to-be, as well as more seasoned moms, often ask their doctors, friends, and fitness professionals. And the question about how to resume exercise safely AFTER baby is one not enough women ask!
Exercise during the first trimester is safe; however, changes in your body can create feelings of dizziness, rapid heart rate, and fatigue.
Second trimester is usually referred to as the easiest trimester. The fluctuating hormones that leave you feeling blah in your first trimester, have stabilized a bit. Although not always, for many fatigue and nausea have subsided.
Meeting your baby is right around the corner! Usually you enter your third trimester with a good amount of energy. But as your baby grows from the size of a large eggplant to a watermelon, you will start to feel more tired.
Overall you have the same exercise guidelines as a non-pregnant woman. But there are anatomical changes and fetal requirements that require modifications.
Eight great stretches for pregnancy — help with postural alignment, muscle imbalances, low back pain, and overall muscle and joint health.
As your belly expands, it may seem counterintuitive to work on strengthening your abdominal muscles. But core exercises are very important during pregnancy! Try to do these exercises consistently during each trimester.
One of the most common questions I get during pregnancy is: can I do core exercise? Followed by: which ab exercises are safe for pregnancy? Here are four safe exercises you SHOULD do!
While your body is incredibly smart – it makes all the pregnancy adaptations without you even asking of it, you should modify your workouts for pregnancy.
While your body is incredibly smart – it makes all the pregnancy adaptations without you even asking of it – you should modify your workouts for pregnancy.
Diastasis recti, otherwise known as an abdominal separation, is the distancing of the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscles. Can you avoid it? How do you know if you have it? How do you repair it?
If you were a runner prior to getting pregnant, you can continue to run as long as you adjust your runs over time and as your belly gets bigger.
Follow the Big 12 pregnancy workout recommendations for uncomplicated pregnancies.
You’re very active and fit, and working out is a big part of your life. Now you are pregnant and you have a few questions.
Pelvic pain during pregnancy is pretty common, especially in consecutive pregnancies. Can I exercise through it?
Sometimes twisting can throw off your center of gravity or put extra pressure on the belly tissues. Therefore, we keep the twisting to a minimum in our pregnancy workouts, while still providing functional exercise.
The newest guidelines suggest a pregnant woman should use rate of perceived exertion or the talk test rather than a heart rate monitor.
Since 1 in 4 experience infertility, I thought I would share my personal story. Plus I answer your common questions: How can exercise impact your fertility journey? Is it safe to exercise during the 2 week wait? Does exercise cause miscarriage?
Imagine the load your back, spine, and abdominal areas take on as your belly grows. The muscles surrounding these areas take a lot of strain and sometimes pain is inevitable.
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