Recently, I overheard one client jokingly warn another to “be careful drinking the water at emPower because everyone is getting pregnant!” I truly love the humor clients bring everyday! But what wasn't so humorous was the confusion I felt as a newly pregnant personal trainer trying to figure out what was safe for my workouts, and what I should avoid!
I am currently in my sixth month of pregnancy with my first child, and by no means claim to be an expert in this field, but I can tell you what the experts suggest! It can be challenging to navigate all the input from well-meaning friends, family and old wives tales. Here are a few brief guidelines I’ve found to be helpful:
Bottom line, always check with your doctor before exercising! If given the approval, make sure to get in as much exercise as you can for the sake of yourself and your baby! And be gracious with yourself, making sure to listen to your body’s needs. During this time, you are growing a baby, so rest is very important too. Overdoing it won’t help anyone…including your little one. And from a personal training point of view…don’t be afraid to continue strength training! This will be a perfect time to maintain the muscle you have, support your body through it’s many changes, and get back into shape much faster postpartum! Cheers to all you mommas hitting the gym!
-Author: Coach Tiffany Horst