“What workouts are OK during pregnancy?”
This is a question I am asked regularly, and I’d love to share my personal guidelines and suggestions! Please note that I am NOT a doctor or even a fitness professional, but rather a mama who loves to exercise and keeps at it during pregnancy! I know first hand how important physical activity is during pregnancy, especially after having been on strict bedrest for 10 weeks with twins! Exercise – even if it just be daily movement – does SO much for the pregnant body, and for the unborn baby! Yes, pregnancy is a time to rest and be more cautious than normal, but it’s not a time to just kick back and relax ALL of the time!
Not only will exercise help us pregnant mamas feel our very best during pregnancy and avoid some common but yet preventable aches and pains (yes, exercise helps tame back pain and even keeps swelling at bay!), but it also helps us feel our best post-pregnancy as well. I’m not a huge fan of the expectations put on women to “bounce back” super fast from pregnancy, because the reality is that it WILL take time to get back into shape. Some women lose all the weight they gained in just a couple weeks after pregnancy, but others of us (including myself!!) find that it takes effort and patience with ourselves!
Below are my general guidelines; please comment below with questions!