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Q: Should I exercise during pregnancy?

A: Yes! Benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:

  • Improved mood
  • Improved posture and appearance
  • Relief of back pain, constipation, bloating and swelling
  • May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes
  • Stronger muscles in preparation for labor and support for loosened joints
  • Better sleep
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased/maintained aerobic endurance
  • Increased energy level and less fatigue
  • Decreased muscle tension that promotes relaxation
  • Promotion of feelings of well-being and a positive self-image

Q: How many times a week should I exercise when I am pregnant?

A: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, six or seven days a week, unless they have medical reasons not to do so.

Q: How soon can I return to exercise after having my baby?

A: As soon as your healthcare provider says its OK. The average time for return to exercise is 6 weeks after a vaginal birth and 8 weeks after a C-section. If you have maintained a good exercise routine during your pregnancy, you will get back into shape much faster. It is important to begin exercise slowly and gradually build your muscles.

Q: Should I exercise my core during pregnancy? How safe is it to contract my abdominal muscles?

A: It is extremely important to exercise your core before and after pregnancy. Your abdominal muscles will naturally tend to thin out during pregnancy and need to be kept strong. A weak core will put additional stress on your lower back. There are many safe ways to exercise  your core: Breathing abdominal "standing/seated" crunches, planks etc. The mode and intensity of exercise depends on your fitness level.

Q: Do you have any fitness classes that I can do with my baby? Are they safe for the baby?

A: Yes. We have a Baby and me Yoga class and a Stroller Fitness class. Our instructors have undergone special training to teach these classes. We do not have classes in which you can carry your baby strapped to your body, for example in a Bjorn. Bouncing movements and long periods in a Bjorn carrier have been known to cause hip dysplasia in babies.