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What are the best workouts for pregnant women?
With my wife pregnant right now, she needs ways to keep herself active without overdoing it. Sure, it's much easier to avoid working out while pregnant. After all, your body is under intense pressure as it is -- and it's exhausting!
However, she feels it's important to try and stay as fit as possible. It makes her feel better about herself, it's good for the baby, and it helps her to be able to lose weight faster postpartum.
So, I wanted to share the workouts she found as examples of things all women can try. I asked her to do the research to see if these are viable options.
Try them all and see what works for you!
Related articles to fitness and pregnancy:
Found from Get Healthy U
Kim from Get Healthy U has a quick 20-minute workout for pregnant moms to get their heart rate up moderately. With combinations of high knees, knee thrusts, and lateral shuffles, you'll get yourself off the couch and moving without going overboard. Plus, no weights are needed for this workout!
Found from Mumberry
This pregnancy workout kicks things up a notch and includes weights. You'll do bicep curls, tricep extensions, squats and plank. Certainly nothing to sneeze at whether you're pregnant or not!
Found from Home Field Fitness
As a runner, I know one of the best cross-training ideas is to do aqua running or swimming. The low impact exercises give your legs a break while still giving you a workout.
I'd imagine the same is true with pregnant women. You want something that gets your heart rate up without putting added stress on your bodies. That's why this pool workout from Alyssa at Home Field Fitness is just perfect!
Found from Life as Mama
Life as Mama has a great list of 7 workout videos of all types for pregnant women. Choose from core strengthening, butt workouts, or prenatal barre. You can't go wrong.
Found from Fit Pregnancy
This is something pregnant women of all ability levels can do. Fit Pregnancy even provided a trimester-by-trimester guide to what they call "the perfect walking workout." Lace up those walking shoes, grab a water bottle, and head out the door!
Found from Diary of a Fit Mommy
Sia from Diary of a Fit Mommy helps you target your lower half during the second trimester with this workout. As she says, "As my little bump starts to grow, so are my booty, hips, and thighs."
Her solution is this workout that will "target your lower half to torch calories ..." She sounds tough, but I'm sure it's worth it!
Found from Health Faith Strength
Just like that we've come to our final workout. This includes 10 yoga poses that will help strengthen your body for birth.
As Health Faith Strength's Serena also explains, "Some other benefits of doing prenatal yoga regularly include: Better Sleep, Fewer Headaches, Help with morning sickness, Decreased back pain, [and] Increase flexibility."
OK, we've given you our best workouts for pregnant women. Now, I want to hear from all of you.
What have your tried on this list? What have you not tried? Do you subscribe to working out during pregnancy or not? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Most importantly, good luck with your pregnancy. At the time of this writing, my wife and I are expecting our second child, a baby girl. So, it's a very exciting time! I pray that everything goes well and your family (and my family) enjoys that happy, healthy little baby!
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