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4 tips for exercise and pregnancy

Safety and preparation go a long way

With so many female clients, we often hear questions about working out and personal training while pregnant.  And while you may find lots of great advice out there, here are four basic tips that we generally share with our pregnant clients:

  1. Talk to your doctor. While our staff knows a great deal about fitness, only your doctor knows the essential details regarding your health and pregnancy. He or she will be able to offer you advice regarding your specific situation, so this is the most important thing to keep in mind.
  2. Consider your health and exercise history. Generally speaking, if you were healthy and working out before you were pregnant, you can continue to work out during pregnancy without any adverse side effects. However, if you were not working out before you got pregnant, starting a new workout routine at this time is probably not the best idea.
  3. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. This is true for clients who are pregnant and those who are not. Your body will tell you when you have pushed it too hard or when something doesn’t feel right.
  4. Wait at least six weeks after delivery. If you have had a healthy pregnancy and continued to work out during it, you can probably get back to your workouts six weeks after having the baby. Of course, it is important to check with your doctor before doing so, but the sooner you resume your workout routine, the sooner you will lose weight and experience improved energy levels.

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