Should I Start a New Kind of Workout after I’m Pregnant?

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The answer to this question is yes and no. If you’re thinking: ”Now is the time for me to start an intense aerobics class to keep off the baby weight” then the answer is “NO.” Pregnancy is NOT a time to start a workout regime that focuses on losing weight (or gaining a crazy new skill like kickboxing, horseback riding, waterskiing, or anything high-impact). Pregnancy is a time to nurture your body and your little baby. So, if the question is: “Should I try a new workout to help my pregnancy be more healthy?” then the answer is an emphatic “Yes!” Working out during pregnancy has many health benefits for both you and your baby. As you workout, you will alleviate pregnancy strains and pains, you will balance out mood swings associated with pregnancy, and you will have peace of mind knowing that you are helping to cultivate a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby. You will also be in better shape for labor and delivery, and will recover more quickly post-partum. Your baby benefits as well. Studies from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences show that babies whose pregnant moms workout while carrying them end up having lower heart rates and increased breathing movements. These movements help the baby prepare to breathe on her own after birth.

The question, then, is not: “Should I workout?” But rather: “How should I workout while I’m pregnant?” The answer is simply to listen to your body (and talk to your doctor). Do workouts that will aid in better posture, will stretch tired muscles, and will strengthen chest, back, shoulders and legs. Kegel exercises are welcome as well—before, during, and after your pregnancy.  

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