Healthline: The Best Pregnancy-Safe Exercises at Home and the Gym
- Written by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
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Healthline has once again reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her expertise in pregnancy related matters.
This latest article begins:
"The excitement (or sheer panic) you felt when you saw those two blue or pink lines appear is likely something you’ll never forget. And now that you’re pregnant, you might be wondering what needs to change and what can stay the same.
The good news? Staying active tops the list of things to keep for the next 9 months."
The article continues:
Exercises to do in the first trimester of pregnancy
The first three months of pregnancy can be a wild ride of emotions. From elation and pure joy to concern, worry, and even fear as you begin to realize that you’re responsible for nourishing, growing, and keeping this tiny soon-to-be human being safe and healthy.
As long as you’re not considered a high-risk pregnancy, physical therapist Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, says you can continue with your regular exercise routine in the first trimester.
The foundation of a well-rounded prenatal fitness routine should include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week and 2 to 3 days of strength training exercises that target the major muscle groups.
It should also focus on specific exercises that help make pregnancy easier and prepare you for labor and childbirth. (It may seem far off — but it will be here before you know it!)
One area of importance, says Jeffcoat, is to work on body awareness to prepare for changes in your posture.
Doing an exercise like the pelvic curl is a great way to begin working on spinal mobility and strengthening the abdominal muscles that will support your belly as it grows, she says.
The article continues here.