Looking for a prenatal workout that's just as fun as it is healthy? These women turned to prenatal dance for support from other mothers, and a pleasant pregnancy.
Spinners rejoice: Cycling can ease back pain, boost your mood, and improve sleep. But you need to know your limits, says Erica Ziel, a California-based personal trainer and creator of Knocked-Up Fitness. Ready to clip in? Here are her tips to stay safe.
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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
When your mom was pregnant with you, chances are, she wasn’t pedaling furiously at spin class or doing ball squats. Back then, doctors worried that exercise might harm the growing baby and discouraged pregnant women from breaking a sweat. Now, that’s completely passé. Researchers have realized that prenatal inactivity—not exercise—puts moms-to-be and their babies at risk. “For low-risk pregnancies, prenatal exercise is absolutely safe.
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 recently in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
1) PLAN AHEAD
“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.
Some of the benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy include: