One of the most overlooked aspects of pregnancy is exercise. We have heard so many pregnant women say, “I’m gonna eat what I want.” “This is the one time in my life where I can let it all go.” Or our personal favorite, “With each kid I gained the same amount of weight regardless of my exercise and eating habits, so this time, forget it.” Why all the talk about food? Because gaining weight and being pregnant typically go hand-in-hand. The aim of prenatal exercise is not to lose weight of course, but more about keeping you healthy and toned in preparation for the strength you will need as your body gets larger in the 3rd trimester, and for delivery.
Take it Easy
Having had 3 babies between us, and knowing countless women who made effort to have a strong exercise regiment during their pregnancies, we want to encourage you to committing to finding your method. Don’t worry you don’t have to do it everyday or do anything too “hard core”. Prenatal exercise is about toning your body, connecting to your body, strengthening your body. Feel good knowing that when you are exercising that you are oxygenating your blood and that is going to your baby with every breath. Check with your health practitioner before you initiate any exercise program. And please exercise in moderation.
Easy Simple Prenatal Exercise Ideas:
- Daily walks, and get creative, mix it up with a hike 2-3 times a week
- Do prenatal pilates
- Take prenatal yoga
This is your time to tailor your exercise regime to what works for you and your baby growing inside of you. It is also an opportunity to discover how to slow down while you move. Sure there are women that choose to keep the pace of their regular non-preggo fitness routine, and there are arguments claiming that it is safe to do so. We suggest that during these 40 weeks, you consider pausing, moving with the internal flow that pregnancy seems to naturally vibe, at least some of the time that you exercise. We challenge you to opt for exercise that can be more meditative. It is still movement, and fluid, and has the aim of keeping your stamina ready for your labor day. If you link your breath with the movement while simultaneously thinking of your growing baby, you can aim to match her rhythm. The results can be fantastic, a better high than a “runner’s high”.
It is also a time where you can ease into movement. Use the walking to gradually understand the new way that you need to breath and balance as you move with the growing belly and changing body. What is more inspiring than your growing baby in your body to motivate you to be the healthiest possible, strong, ready for the challenge of motherhood physically?
Just do it.™ – Nike
Founder & Co-Founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month
Both are certified prenatal yoga teachers, mom’s, and friends.