How I Did It!

Think you can't start working out for the first time now? Or that most prenatal routines are too easy? Here's how five women kept (or even started!) exercising while they were pregnant.


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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