June 2017

How to Exercise Safely During Pregnancy

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How to Exercise Safely During Pregnancy

You probably already know that exercise during pregnancy can be good for you and your baby. With your health care provider’s permission (of course!) getting in your cardio and strength training can alleviate back pain, keep your circulation flowing and even help you sleep better.
 
Myths like “you should slow down,” and “ab work is a no-no” during pregnancy have circulated for ages. Almost all have been debunked and/or can be worked through. Here are my answers to some of the most frequently asked pregnancy workout questions:
1.    How long should I exercise? According to American Pregnancy, “exercising for 30 minutes on most, or all, days can benefit your health during pregnancy.” Most moms-to-be report being able to exercise right up until delivery, but you’ll want to keep in close touch with your health care provider to determine what’s best for you.
2.    What’s the safest type of exercise?  WebMD reports that swimming and low impact aerobics are great choices for pregnancy and “carry little risk of injury, benefit your entire body, and can be continued until birth.
3.    What if I didn’t work out before I got pregnant? Go slowly and start small. One 15-minute walk is enough to kick things off. Then, increase the walk one minute per day until you’re walking 30-45 minutes.
Don’t forget to follow these three tips during your healthy, active pregnancy:
1.    Drink enough water.
2.    Get enough quality calories from high-nutrient whole foods like these.
3.    Listen to your body and know when to stop. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop working out and call your doctor, pronto!
I taught Jazzercise throughout both of my pregnancies. In fact, I was getting ready to go teach when I went into labor and had my son two hours later!
I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Inez
When I was much younger and was pregnant, I did virtually ZERO exercise whatsoever. I was in the belief that one should slow down when pregnant. What a mistake! Ended up gaining way more weight than I needed too! With so much information out these days, a woman should exercise and keep active.
11/7/2017 4:41:56 PM

Caitlin Z.
I joined Jazzercise in the fall of 2016 before I got pregnant and I love it. I love the different workouts that each instructor has. I have been doing it throughout my pregnancy and I feel amazing. I have hardly gained any weight and my dr. is encouraging me to keep doing it until I deliver. My baby is super healthy as well. I can't thank the instructors at the Vancouver, WA Jazzercise Center enough for being supportive. I hope you know you guys rock.
9/14/2017 4:27:58 PM

dinny morris
Hi,
I read your whole article, it is really impressive. Thanks for sharing it.
8/9/2017 9:31:55 PM

Ashley
Much obliged, and you're correct — it can be connected to all parts of life
8/2/2017 7:13:10 AM

Mel O
I just joined Jazzercize in May (thanks for the opportunity to try it for free!!!) and I. LOVE. It!!! I wish I had joined before I had my kids. I totally would have danced all the way to the end of each pregnancy, and maybe that would have produced shorter labors! :)
7/9/2017 6:02:20 AM

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