Fitness during pregnancy is extremely important. Exercise helps ease labor pains and helps the mother adjust to her changing body throughout the entire pregnancy process. But fitness during pregnancy doesn’t entail exactly what regular fitness does. There are certain exercises and movements that should be avoided during certain trimesters, and there are specific stretches and exercises that benefit a pregnant body. This article explains why fitness during pregnancy is important and offers suggestions for exercise by trimester.
“My experience as a boxer (both as a practitioner and a trainer) never prepared me for prenatal exercise. When I began feeling sluggish during my workouts about 6 months ago, I thought it was on account of all the holiday goodies I had indulged in. But when I discovered I was going to become a mommy, I turned all my energy on discovering how to build on my knowledge of fitness in the prenatal realm. I read everything I could find, talked to my doctor, consulted with my own trainer, watched videos, and began to try things out for myself.