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There are many benefits to exercising while you’re pregnant.

January 21st, 2013 No Comments


Every time I go to BLAST I see at least one expecting mommy killing it in class. My mom played tennis until two days before I was born! So I know it’s safe, but I didn’t realize exercise has the ability to combat many issues you might encounter when you’re pregnant.

According BabyCenter.com:

Exercise does wonders during pregnancy. It boosts mood, improves sleep, and reduces pregnancy aches and pains. It also prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance, and makes it much easier to get back in shape after your baby’s born.

The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby.”

The article goes on to list the best kinds of exercises for pregnant women:

  • Cardiovascular work
  • Swimming
  • Low-impact Aerobics
  • Weight training
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Dancing

You knock out 4 out of 7 in one BLAST class or a group fitness weight-lifting class. Most gyms even offer special pregnancy classes so everyone is going at the same pace. You’ll see from that list, that walking or yoga is not enough, you should get your heart rate up.

That being said, you need to be safe. FamilyCenter.com recommends you obstain from contact and high-impact activities and take EXTRA time to warm up. Bouncing and jumping is not a good idea either. So just take it easy and stick to you usual intensity or a little less. If you keep both feet on the ground, you should be ok.


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