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One of the most fulfilling aspects of our job is playing a supportive role in the lives of each of our clients. That role becomes especially important with any female client that becomes pregnant during the time we train them. There is a lot of excitement and change that occurs for a woman during the pregnancy process, especially on the physical side. As a result, our job as strength coaches is to ensure the safety and health of both the expecting mother and the fetus while training during the 9 month term.

Therefore, there are a few key considerations that need to be taken into account when you are about to embark on your journey of exercising while pregnant:

  • Make sure to check with your doctor about how exercise, especially resistance exercise, will affect your body. Every woman is different, and the stress that is put on the body will cause different reactions within the body during each pregnancy
  • Invest in a heart rate monitor. Because the extra life growing inside the woman’s body requires an increase in blood and oxygen levels which, are higher than normal. Therefore, if there is to be the added exertion of exercise which has an additional elevating effect on HR and BP, very close attention needs to be paid to monitor the woman’s heart rate during the workout sessions so as not to put the fetus at risk
  • Listen to your body. There is a multitude of hormonal and structural changes that the woman experiences during pregnancy that have dramatic effects on the function of the body overall. Common issues that could be made worse from exercise if they are not handled properly by the trainer range from joint hypermobility, ligament laxity, and the change in center of gravity due to the new baby bump

Having a baby is one of the biggest joys of life that humans can experience.  While there are a lot of changes to your body that require a little more attention, there are too many benefits of resistance training for the expectant mother not to participate.  As long as you are safe, smart, and aware of how your body is reacting, you are sure to find that exercise will have a beautiful and healthy effect on both the mother and child.

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