Expecting Moms Listen Up: Exercise Is Important During Pregnancy
Nadia Murdock Fit will be adding a new member to their fit army! I am happy to announce I am expecting and my husband and I are super excited! Before even trying to get pregnant I made it a point to educate myself as much as possible not only as a fit professional but I was also preparing myself for the future for when I would need to apply these tips to my own fitness regime. Since finding out I was pregnant I have been finding a way to stay fit and active that will work for me during my pregnancy. Everyone is different and may need to alter their routine the best way that works for them.
During the first trimester I was pretty much able to maintain my regular routine with modifications, being mindful of fatigue, heart rate and my body temperature. I was very lucky not to experience any illness in my first trimester except for fatigue. Because I felt so great it was challenge for me to learn when to pull back in class even though I felt fine.
I started exploring more low-impact workouts that I knew would be a benefit to me for several reasons. Before pregnancy I was all about high impact cardio workouts that included weight training. Now I have expanded my workout routine to include yoga, Pilates and Barre.
I have also been encouraged to test out new workouts, below is an image of me at IMX Studios at a private prenatal Pilates session.
There are so many benefits from working out during your pregnancy not only for you the mother but also for the child. Below are few of the highlights!
- Reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling.
- Boost your mood and energy levels.
- Help you sleep better.
- Prevent excess weight gain.
- Promote muscle tone, strength and endurance.
Benefits for the baby include:
- Boost your child's athletic potential.
- A higher chance of giving birth to a baby that is not overweight.
- Studies have linked better memories to the children of mothers that exercised during pregnancy.