Pregnancy is an exciting time for every soon-to-be mom, but it can also be filled with a lot of questions. What prenatal vitamin is the best? What position do I sleep in? What car seat should I get? And the one that we will be talking about today - What kind of exercise can I do during my pregnancy?
This is a question I get on a regular basis from both pregnant and recently postpartum moms. I will be the first to admit that I am no expert in exercise, but my good friend Colleen Flaherty is! She has been the most inspiring person throughout my journey as a pregnancy chiropractor. Her knowledge and teachings in pregnancy and postpartum exercise, in addition to chiropractic care, has helped me offer the most evidence based care to my patients.
During pregnancy it is important to continue to move. I would highly avoid being sedentary, unless bedrest has been prescribed by an OB or Midwife for specific reason. Moving throughout pregnancy will help to keep your pelvis mobile to aid in pain reduction and hopefully a smooth labor and delivery. I tell my patients that if they did yoga, did CrossFit, did Zumba, weight trained or ran prior to pregnancy, keep up with it while you are pregnant. Pregnancy shouldn't hinder your exercise routine, but you have to be safe and smart about your training. Think about exercise during pregnancy as a different type of exercise - you are no longer looking for the best burn, the highest reps or the most weight. You are aiming to maintain strength and form to keep yourself and baby safe. If you were not active prior to pregnancy speak with your OB, Midwife or other healthcare provider to see what could be beneficial and safe moving forward.
If you are unsure if your current exercise routine is safe during pregnancy, please ask! HERE you can also find an incredible resource created by Colleen Flaherty of Prokreate. She also offers remote programing for women - CLICK HERE for more information!
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