Pre/Postnatal Fitness

Question: I’d like to begin working out, but i’m pregnant…What do I need to know about exercising???

Every single pregnancy and every single woman is different so it would be impossible and irresponsible of me as a coach to give you specific exercises without getting to know you. That said, there’s a lot of misinformation in this field so here are some important things to keep in mind as you navigate the journey of fitness AND pregnancy.

As long as you have no contraindications, I would encourage all forms of fitness to promote the health of both Mom and baby. Keeping in mind that you are not invincible, but you’re also NOT fragile. Know that being fit during pregnancy doesn’t guarantee an easy birth or any ability to ‘bounce back’ afterwards. We can only try to prepare your core and pelvic area for birth by modifying exercise selection, changing positions, teaching core connection breath, and adjusting load, intensity and volume…*only*…

That said, there are unique variables that no matter what we do in the gym, we cannot control such as diastasis recti, pelvic floor symptoms and weight gain. 

Honoring your body during this time of change is absolutely key. It becomes less about what you can do and how you look and more about how you feel. I find athletes are pretty good at tuning into their biofeedback but they can also be the hardest to convince that they need to honor that. Know that you get to decide what you do with your body and you have nothing to prove to anyone.

Published Dec 1, 2020 in The Edmonton Sun

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