by Julie Renner. Posted 2013 Jul. 12 (Reposted 9 Mar. 15)
Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits. For example, a good exercise program may help relieve common problems associated with pregnancy, such as excessive weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, leg cramps, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue and constipation.
You also can look forward to improved posture and circulation, reduced backaches, and increased mood and energy. Plus, you’ll feel better knowing you’re doing something good for yourself and your baby.
Julie has been a regular in the AM spin class. Her dedication to taking care of herself and her baby has been inspirational! Way to go Julie..keep it up!
Leonard & Sarah
From playing sports in high school to spinning and Insanity, working out has always been important to me. In November 2012, my husband and I received the best news ever, we were going to be proud parents of our first child.
I knew then, at least for the time being, that my sweat sessions would need to be modified. My main routine, before pregnancy, was insanity workouts several times a week and spin class one to two times a week.
At first, I was able to keep up with my regimen, with the exception of the sit-ups. I was very fortunate not to experience any morning sickness or fatigue. My diet pretty much stayed the same.
I didn’t fall into the “I’m eating for two” hype. I just tried to listen to my body and eat when I was hungry; although I definitely had my indulgences. My main temptation was for pretty much any type of cake and Panera Bread’s cinnamon crunch bagels.
However, just because I would splurge every once and a while this didn’t imply that the whole day was wasted. The remainder of my meals would be healthy and balanced.
Slowly, I found that I needed to modify the insanity workouts. Even running, though I’m not a huge fan anyways, started to become uncomfortable. I soon discovered that spinning was one of the only workouts that was conducive to my growing body. I am now at 36 weeks and have gained 20lbs.
I contribute my cardio strength and endurance to my continued spin classes. Even though it’s getting more difficult to tie my own shoes, I still look forward to hopping up on the bike in the morning. I know that spinning is keeping my body in shape during my pregnancy with the greatest sweat session still to come…
– L & P –
For many moms-to-be, the news of a pregnancy is filled with excitement, anticipation, anxiety and a newfound commitment to do everything right for the growth and development of a healthy baby. The question of whether to continue or begin an exercise program to optimize health for both mom and baby often arises. The first step to help answer this question is a visit to your doctor. While exercise during pregnancy is usually encouraged, under some circumstances exercise can be detrimental to both the expecting mother and the growing fetus. Only after a thorough clinical evaluation can a physician determine your exercise risks, if any. [ACE Fitness]
If you’re interested in beginning a prenatal exercise program but don’t know how to start, feel free to reach out to us.