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Safe Exercise For Pregnancy

5 Ways Pregnancy Affects Your Balance

It happened four months into Jolynn Baca Jaekel's pregnancy. A slight stumble on an uneven sidewalk, and bam: She went down. "Out of panic, I twisted to avoid falling forward and hurting the baby, and landed on my back," Jaekel of Arlington, Va., says. "I was so shaken up, I started to cry."

The Best Sneakers for Pregnancy

Changes in your feet can make you more susceptible to ankle rolls and falls, says Louis Galli, D.P.M., a foot and ankle surgeon in New York City. These kicks have you covered. 

4 Balance-Building Pregnancy Workouts

Nearly any safe exercise for pregnancy will help with your stability—just be sure to keep at least one foot on the ground (no box jumps!) and slow down a little in dance cardio classes with complicated footwork. That said, these practices may give you more balance bang for your buck. 

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How Third-Trimester Exercise Benefits Your Baby

Exercise duing pregnancy can keep weight gain in check, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, decrease discomfort, and set you up for an easier labor and delivery. Now, new research shows that breaking a sweat, especially after 29 weeks, has a big benefit for your baby, too.

The Pregnant Mama's Guide to Hiking

Hiking is a great way to improve your strength and cardiovascular health during pregnancy. Plus, it works wonders on your mood (look at that view!). Just ask Stacy Keibler, our June/July cover star, who told us that exploring the great outdoors is one of her favorite workouts!

But when you’re doing it for two, hiking does take some special considerations. So before you hit the trails, check out these tips for a better, safer hike.

How to Stay Fit Like a Pro During and After Pregnancy

As a certified pre/post-natal exercise specialist, the brains and talent behind a best-selling prenatal workout DVD, and one of SHAPE’s Hottest Female Trainers in America, Sara Haley knows a thing or two about working out while preggo. But as she’s learning while carrying her second baby, no two pregnancies are the same.

14 Pregnancy-Approved Fitness Gadgets

As that beautiful belly grows, it's harder to muster up the motivation to do your pregnancy exercises. That's why we sussed out 14 gadgets, apps and more that optimize every sweat sesh. Bonus: Most of these products can help you get fit after baby too!

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