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During my two pregnancies, I never felt more alive and in shape. Always active, I was determined to not become a slouch just because I had developed the shape of a Volkswagen Beetle.
Four days a week, I walked three miles around a nearby reservoir. Two nights a week, I did prenatal aerobics at Jane Fonda’s now-shuttered Beverly Hills Workout Studio (OK, so I’m over 30). Exercising with other pregnant women was a great incentive; it kept me fit, sane and on the go, especially during that less-than-fun ninth month. I doubt I could have endured two mind-bending labors had I not been working out.
I stayed in shape because I instinctively felt it was the best thing to do for my pregnant self. My doctor said that since I had been exercising before, it was all right to continue, as long as I didn’t overdo it. In other words, I should stop when tired and not add anything to my usual routine. Today, that attitude has become established as scientific doctrine. Working out not only is safe, research confirms, but also extremely beneficial for your body and state of mind.
Maternal benefits galore
Here are a few findings that support prenatal exercise.