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Safe Exercise For Pregnancy

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Choose The Best Workout For Your Mood

Raise your hand if your mood swings have seemed as unpredictable as the stock market throughout your pregnancy. (And if you didn’t put your hand in the air, we bet your partner would raise his for you!)

It can be hard enough for anyone to find the motivation to exercise when they’re not in a good mood, let alone when you’re exhausted and lugging extra pounds around on your frame. We talked to industry experts to help you find the best workout for the mood you’re in right now so you can start feeling those post-workout endorphins as soon as possible.

Get Outside for a Healthier Pregnancy

Quick, picture a place where you feel calm and happy. A beach? The mountains?

Most people pick someplace outdoors, even though they spend the great majority of their days inside buildings. Many of them even exercise indoors!

But evidence is mounting that being outside, and especially exercising in a natural environment, improves mental and physical health, says Daphne Miller, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Easy Pregnancy Workouts — Even When it's Freezing Out!

When it's winter, you have two pregnancy workout options: bundle up to brave the elements, or head indoors. Felice Devine, an avid runner in North Greenbush, N.Y., chose the first option. “I had to prepare more for my pregnant runs, but it was so worth it,” says Devine, who wore a headlamp in the dark and Yaktrax in the snow, and always carried her cellphone.

The No-Time No-Excuses Workout

Between childbirth classes, doctor’s appointments, shopping for baby gear and—oh yeah—a job and other regular life stuff, what mom-to-be has time to exercise? Actually, you do. “Thirty minutes is all you need for an effective workout,” says Susan Hoffman, a trainer and prenatal fitness specialist at Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club in Boca Raton, Fla.