Happy Fall, y'all! Wherever you are in world, I hope it's not as hot as Austin, TX. Even though it still feels like summer here, I have been doing everything possible to keep up the Fall vibes. My pumpkin candle has been keeping my house smelling Fall-like, I've been putting canned pumpkin in my smoothies, eating pumpkin flavored Lara Bars, pumpkin flavored Holy Kombucha, snacking on pumpkin seeds- you name it- I've been doing it! BASIC!
I've recently started working with my client who looks like she has a mini pumpkin hiding under her shirt! She is in her second trimester of her first pregnancy and is focused on training though her whole pregnancy. I will be posting some exercises you can do while pregnant periodically. I specialize in Post and Prenatal Exercise, so I am extra excited about this programming!
But first, let's chat about why you should MOVE while pregnant! The benefits of prenatal exercise are endless. Exercising while pregnant reduces back pain, improves digestion, promotes a healthy level of pregnancy weight gain, and may decrease the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and a cesarean delivery. OF COURSE, you should get the go-ahead from your doctor and always, always listen to your body.
Things to avoid during prenatal exercise:
- Lying on your back after the first trimester- this could affect blood flow to the fetus
- Any kind of crunches
- Exercises lying on your stomach
- Holding your breath during certain exercises or poses
- An extremely high heart rate
- Very heavy lifting- especially if you are new to lifting
Benefits of prenatal exercise:
- Labor and delivery may be easier
- You'll have more energy
- You'll be happier
- It could be easier to get fit post natal
- You'll likely experience less leg swelling
- Your baby might have a healthier heart
- You'll sleep better
- You'll reduce discomfort
And so much more!
I am excited to share with you all this prenatal fitness journey, and hope you can incorporate it into your own pregnancy journey or into a loved one's! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or requests.
"Birth can be tough, but so are you."