I just found out I’m going to have a baby. How will that affect my workouts?”
As executive director of IDEA. The Association For Fitness Professionals, I am often asked for advice on fitness and exercise. Much of what I have learned about the benefits of exercise was gained during my pregnancies–which, in many ways, were the healthiest times of my life.
An informed and realistic aerobic exercise program can benefit a pregnant woman in various ways. Cardiovascular fitness can be maintained or even improved during pregnancy. Women can improve muscular strength–especially good preparation for carrying a baby that may weigh between six and 10 pounds at birth. And by developing her upper-body strength and abdominal muscles, a woman can improve her posture, working to overcome the forward pull of the growing baby’s weight.
Overall, an exercising mother-to-be will feel better about herself, be able to control unnecessary weight gain, attain ease of movement and balance, and approach childbirth with more confidence and optimism. Read more about Pregnant and fit …