Some believe it's not the time to be training, that mom should be focused on the baby and providing a low-key incubator for the fetus. Others, like me, believe training while pregnant is not only safe, but healthy!
There are some rules to follow if you want to stay fit while pregnant. As a fitness coach, I train primarily women. So, every year, I coach several pregnant women. The first question many ask me when they find out they're pregnant is, "Is it safe for me to continue training?"
It's not only safe, but it's a great way to get ready for delivery. Pregnancy isn't the time to be thinking about weight loss, muscle gain or strength gains, nor is it a good time to begin a vigorous exercise routine if you have been inactive prior to pregnancy.
There is no reason to give up your fitness routine when you’re pregnant. In fact, it’s recommended that you continue to train to keep your body healthy and your weight managed. Exercise promotes better sleep and prepares you for delivery.
Use your common sense, just like you do normally while exercising. If something feels off, stop and head to your doctor. Always discuss your training programs and plans with your doctor to ensure it’s right for you, as every body is different and responds differently to pregnancy. You will need to adjust to your growing belly, reduce impact as you grow and modify exercises that are no longer comfortable to do. Now is the time to keep your body strong and healthy as you bring a new life into the world.
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