Exercise and Pregnancy

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Exercise and Pregnancy

marriedlady123 marriedlady123
Hi Ladies,
I'm going to be teaching a pregnancy fitness class this summer. I have never had children myself, so does anyone have any recommendations of exercises that worked really well for them, or that they wish that they had known about when they were pregnant?
Thanks!!
04/15/2013
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Mwar Mwar
Never been pregnant, but yoga can be good.
04/15/2013
Sammi Sammi
Some of the Tai Chi moves can be good, and I also found walking to work well for me.
04/15/2013
marriedlady123 marriedlady123
Yoga is a good idea, but I was hoping for something different since there is already a prenatal yoga class nearby-but no other type of prenatal workout class in the state (we live in a rural area). Tai Chi is a good idea though-I had not thought of that!
04/16/2013
Ciao. Ciao.
My partner did yoga up through almost the very end of her pregnancy. You have to modify some poses, and take things more slowly, but it still works perfectly fine. Other than that she mostly just did walking, and a little swimming early on in the pregnancy.

Aim for things that are pretty low impact, and easy to modify for comfort.
04/16/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I'm five months (and a little bit) and have been walking a lot for exercise. I plan on swimming when my apt complex pool opens.
04/16/2013
marriedlady123 marriedlady123
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
I'm five months (and a little bit) and have been walking a lot for exercise. I plan on swimming when my apt complex pool opens.
I've heard a lot of great things about swimming while pregnant, too bad we don't have a pool that would be good for this around here!
04/16/2013
Munko Munko
Anything that strengthens the pelvic floor and can be done safely during pregnancy - or exercises done in positions that help keep baby in ideal birthing positions. Hands and knees, squats, etc. Of course be mindful of intensity as anything to intense can be harmful.

You may want to look into things like pelvic tilts, too. This website link might give you some ideas, just watch as some of them are only ideal for women with breech babies, but the majority are ideal for all moms to be. They're not exercises per-say but might give you an idea for exercises you can do that put moms in good positions.

Lots of stretching, I was so so so sore when I was pregnant, stretching helped a lot, just watch as some mamas become hyperflexible once everything lets go so they can often go a bit further than they should so nothing too big.
04/16/2013
marriedlady123 marriedlady123
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Originally posted by Munko
Anything that strengthens the pelvic floor and can be done safely during pregnancy - or exercises done in positions that help keep baby in ideal birthing positions. Hands and knees, squats, etc. Of course be mindful of intensity as anything to ...
Wow...I've never heard about hyperflexiblity, thank you for all this great info!!
04/20/2013
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