Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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During my first pregnancy, I went trail running up until my seventh month, but while expecting twins last year, I switched to aqua jogging to avoid the overall impact on my body. By paying attention to my body's needs and limitations, I realized that just as every pregnancy is different, so is every safe and effective prenatal exercise program. "There's no single exercise prescription for healthy babies and healthy moms," says Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the exercise psychology laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University.
So while you can't be guaranteed that what worked for your sister or neighbor or best friend will work for you, it just might. For real-world guidance and inspiration, here's a look at five women's prenatal exercise routines.
Learning New Ways To Move - Jill Kinney
Big Strides - Corina DuBois
Tweaking an Old Routine - Sarah Manes
Maintenance is Key - Alison Ferguson
Stepping Up Exercise - Stacie Bryant
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