Who doesn’t love the feeling of getting out of a kick-ass bootcamp class or a sweaty yoga session? When working out, we sometimes push our bodies to the max and expect it to be able to keep up, to get stronger, faster, better. Becoming pregnant changes everything and there are a few things to look out for if you want to continue hitting the gym.
Why work out during pregnancy, anyways? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, sticking to a regular workout routine can help prevent back pain and can even reduce your risk of gestational diabetes or having a C-section and those are just a few benefits of staying active during your pregnancy.
Fitness during pregnancy can quickly become confusing and may seem too risky. Which exercises are safe and what should be avoided? We summarized the most important things to know to keep you fit and active during those nine months.
Keep on lifting those weights
Moderate-intensity resistance training in combination with aerobic exercise for around three days a week.
Look out for rising heart rate
Your pregnancy affects every system in your body - even your cardiovascular system. If you’re using a fitness tracker, that’s a good way to keep an eye on things. However, if you’re unable to keep up a conversation during your workout or it takes you longer than usual to catch your breath, it is safer to dial down the intensity of your workout.
Put your abs on the back burner
You used to be obsessed with working on your abs? Well, during pregnancy, they are one less thing to focus on. Your belly is already under a lot of stress, so better stay away from those crunches.
What to focus on
Squats and lunges are great exercises that still work your abs while also training your pelvic floor at the same time - which again is important to protect all those organs.
Check with your doctor
Last but not least, always make sure you have your doctor’s permission to exercise.
Listen to your body and don’t forget to have fun discovering all those new ways in which you can move your body.
What’s your favorite way to get moving while pregnant or after having given birth?