Post # 1
does anyone have any recommendations about good exercises (especially stretching and strength training) during pregnancy? i am generally very active but read different things about working out your abdominals during pregnancy and how too much stretching can hurt etc… do you have a favorite book or dvd?
Post # 3
Bump for OP.
I don’t have any but I’d love to hear from anyone with experience! I was pretty active as well pre-pregnancy and now I’m nervous to really do much exercise, but I know it’s important to keep up my strength!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d do pregnancy yoga. As for working your abs, you can do things from horse pose. You’ll mostly be working your butt and back, but you’ll get some core work too.
Post # 5
Honestly my exercise routine just went out the window when I got pregnant. I had (maybe still have) a SCH, so I’ve really taken it seriously easy.
That said, I found that prenatal yoga is great for stretching out aching muscles, and walking helps keep everything loose. For the first half of my pregnancy I was able to walk good, solid distances at a good, fast pace (either outside or on a treadmill). This far along I start waddling and cramping, so my walks are short and slow, but I still sleep better when I’ve both done yoga and taken a walk.
If in doubt, talk to your doctor, or check out fitpregnancy.com. They email me different stretches and exercises to try, and have a boatload of suggestions on their website.
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I’ve really been enjoying prenatal yoga. I wouldnt say its a huge “workout” compared to what I would normally do (I love to run!) but afterwards I feel calm, relaxed, streched and strengthened.
Post # 8
@zen bride: I swim for an hour everyday. It’s a total body workout
Post # 9
I did pilates during the first tri. Along with about a 20 min walk. Then second tri I got big fast so I cut out the pilates and now I swim and still walk when it isn’t 100 degrees outside. Occasionally i’ll do lounges and squats. And try to do Kegels to help with bladder leakage and labor/delivery. I’m not good about do kegels but I’ve tried.
Post # 10
thanks everyone! i’m not a big fan of yoga (unfortunately as a lot of people seem to recommend it during pregnancy, maybe i should give it another try), but love the pregnancy squat :-). probably i should seriously look into some swimming/ aquarobics or something…