The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Morning sickness? Check. Exhaustion? Check. Aches and pains everywhere? Check. Hitting the gym? No way.
Sound familiar? Finding the motivation to work out during pregnancy can be hard, but the benefits are well worth it. (Check out 33 Reasons to Exercise Now, if you’re not convinced.)
Are kickboxing classes a safe addition to your prenatal fitness plan? For one woman, the answer is a resounding yes. Related: 33 Reasons to Exercise Now
You know that exercising during pregnancy manages your mood, dials down discomfort, and reduces your risk of gestational diabetes. But it might also help your baby’s brain develop faster, according to new findings presented this weekend in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
“Start getting healthy even before you become pregnant,” advises Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical adviser to the March of Dimes and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (Already pregnant?
Treadmill walking and running during pregnancy can be a safe option if you know the best guidelines for prenatal treadmill workouts. We talked to Samantha Barrionuevo, a personal trainer at Miami Total Fitness, to get the treadmill lowdown so that you can have a safe workout session for you and your baby.
The last thing you need to do when you’re pregnant is intimidate yourself right out of a fitness routine. Sure, you want to keep yourself and your growing baby as safe as possible during pregnancy. But there’s no need to put your gym membership on “suspend” status while your bun is baking. Barring medical conditions that prevent you from exercising, you can, and should, maintain a prenatal fitness routine for the duration of your pregnancy—as long as your doctor or midwife agrees.
Set aside your ego and honor where your body is at today. Practice loving compassion for yourself and baby. Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.
It's important that you find the right yoga practice for you. Whether it be going to a yoga studio, finding a DVD, or developing your own practice at home. Listen to your body and do what feels right to you.
Fergie and Josh Duhamel have an amazing relationship, but sometimes, during pregnancy, it's hard for women to relate to their partners. Partner poses are great for your relationship and your health. We recommend these for the expecting couple. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester
The problem: Weight gain, a shifting center of gravity, and ligament-loosening hormones all contribute to aches and pains as your pregnancy progresses. The solution: Strengthen your core muscles to support your back and spine, and stretch your shoulders, upper back, quads and hip flexors with these simple exercises. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester.
Practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy is a great way to strengthen and stretch the muscles you'll use most during childbirth. From easing tension in your back to opening your hips and increasing circulation, these yoga poses will prepare your mind and body for labor and delivery. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester.
This "Super Mom"strength training workout is perfect to do during pregnancy because it mimics what you'll be doing as a new mom: carrying, lifting, and pushing your new baby.