So let's chat about safe pregnancy workouts for the first trimester. But first, your first step is be aware of all the 'so-called' pregnancy exercise experts that you will come across online. The majority have no formal education or qualification in teaching exercises to pregnant women.
This puts many mamas at risk of causing harm to themselves and also baby by participating in these dangerous workouts. So please, set the right standards from the start of your pregnancy and ONLY choose prenatal workouts from qualified instructors. This is the exact reason IU started PregActive back in 2015 - to give mamas safe pregnancy workouts!
I recommend you include low impact exercises into your workouts. Some good choices are walking, prenatal yoga, swimming, and water aerobics.
If you wish to continue with some more cardio-focused and vigorous workouts then try my cardio workouts and maybe start to avoid high-impact exercise that involves running.
You are about to embark on a stage in your life like no other. Your health, and that of your growing baby, will become your primary focus in early pregnancy.
Your first trimester exercise workouts must be specifically designed for the body changes you are experiencing. You may not be experiencing significant pregnancy weight gain yet, but soon it will impact on your workouts.
Above you will find a 20 minute prenatal yoga workout you can do right now.
While you may not be showing that you're pregnant, you will sure be experiencing some body changes that remind you each day.
Learning that you are pregnant is an exciting time. Along with the excitement comes a new wave of uncertainty and anxiety about what you can and cannot do when pregnant.
It is vital that you start off on the right note when it comes to exercising while pregnant. If you're looking for a pregnancy-specific online workouts then be sure to check out my program that is used and trusted by women all around the world.
There are exercises you must avoid as they can be down right dangerous to both you and baby.
In fact, your health care professional will recommend that you participate in an approved prenatal program.
As you you progress through each week of your 1st trimester and pregnancy, your body will change, and so should your workouts. Exercising when pregnant is highly recommended as long as you participate in safe pregnancy workouts and classes.
What you do, and don't do, will have a direct impact on not only your changing body, but your growing baby inside.
You have to do what's best for you and baby all the way up until your due date. Then, as a new mother, you will focus on your recovery.
You should now be focused on attaining optimal pregnancy health.
You may or may not be experiencing early pregnancy symptoms. Your body is changing at a rapid pace whether you are feeling it or not.
What's important is that right now, you acknowledge that things have changed. You must modify your workouts. You must make the healthy lifestyle choices.
Enjoying a healthy pregnancy involves both your physical and mental well-being.
Your growing baby needs for you to be healthy and make the right choices. Your body is amazing in the way it can carry a baby. And you can play your role and have peace of mind in knowing you are doing your best.
I want you to know this right now. You have family and friends that care about you.
Right now you may not feel that support as you have yet to tell everyone.
Keeping it all a secret and trying to hide the fact that you are no longer drinking, or eating certain foods, is not easy. For at least 12 weeks, you are keeping the biggest secret of your life.
At PregActive, we are here to help YOU! While you are looking after your growing baby we are here for you. That's what makes PregActive unique, we support the mother!
Through each week of pregnancy, all the way into your third trimester, we will guide you towards making the healthy choices so you can experience a happier and healthier pregnancy.
The outdated historic advice to rest during pregnancy and not exercise is well and truly behind us. From ACOG, to many other governing bodies, exercise during pregnancy is recommended. And for good reason!
I know first hand just how much staying fit and healthy during pregnancy is important. I hear it all the time from my clients how staying fit helped them with all aspects of their pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
But wait - as always, I strongly advise you to seek medical advice before starting any new exercise program. Exercising is not suitable for all women when pregnant.
Once cleared, your main goal is to ONLY participate in classes with a qualified prenatal exercise instructor. They need to have experience. They need to understand how to modify your workouts for each trimester.
And most importantly, know which exercises you must avoid. By joining PregActive, all of this stress and concern is removed as we do this for you.
Here are some tips to help you get started during your first trimester.
The first thing you should do when you find out you are pregnant is to visit your Doctor. During this visit, speak to your doctor about your intention to continue exercising. Discuss any health conditions that need to be taken into consideration.
Once given the all clear, you are ready to start your first trimester pregnancy workout. What you need to do next is do your due diligence in selecting a class taught by a qualified and experienced prenatal exercise instructor.
You may experience some significant body changes during your first trimester. This includes experiencing; nausea and vomiting, dizziness and other symptoms that affect if and how you exercise. Listen to your body and accept the importance of resting when required.
When you are pregnant, you must modify the intensity and duration of your workouts. This also includes avoiding contact and high-impact activities. If you were cycling, now may be the time to switch to spin classes. You should also avoid activities that increase your heart rate dramatically. Be sure to listen to what your body is telling you.
Being pregnant is not the time to start worrying about your bikini body. I know, why is this even being mentioned? Well, unfortunately some online fitness sites push these unhealthy and unrealistic views on vulnerable women.
You should not dramatically change your diet and exercise routines. Your main goal now is to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight.
a. Avoid contact activities and sports.
b. Don't exercise in extreme weather conditions.
c. Do not exercise to exhaustion.
d. Avoid high-impact sports and exercises.
e. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
f. Acknowledge that your body is changing and rest and recovery is also important.
It is important that you keep your core temperature stable by avoiding hot weather conditions.
Exercising in a controlled environment is advisable. If you live in a hot climate then my online PregActive pregnancy exercise videos are a great option. No matter where you exercise, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
It is important to pay attention to what you eat when pregnant for the health of you and baby. When you exercise you also need to fuel your body with the right nutrients. This ensures you have the required energy to workout.
There are some foods to avoid when pregnant to ensure you are keeping baby safe. While listeria is very uncommon, you should still pay attention to what you eat. And where you buy your food from.
It is OK to rest if you are not feeling up to exercising. You must listen to your body and learn to back-off on pushing yourself if you are feeling unwell. If you still want to be active, then try one of my 20 minute prenatal yoga or relaxation videos.
Now is not the time to try and be a hero. If you continue to participate in a personal training session or a gym class then it is vital you let your trainer know you're pregnant.
A qualified prenatal instructor can modify your program for your specific needs. They will be aware not to push you to exhaustion as previously done.
1. Pregnancy Exercise 1: All Fours - Core Activation
Reps: lift pelvic floor and engage abdominals, then release x 10
Rest: 15 seconds
Reps: 10 each side
Rest: 15 seconds
Reps: 10 each side
Rest: 15 seconds
Reps: 10 each side
Rest: 15 seconds
Rest: 15 seconds
PregActive Pregnancy is the most comprehensive online program to stay fit when pregnant. I'm going to show you the best exercises for every week of your pregnancy. If you want to stay fit, healthy and strong during your pregnancy, you'll love my workouts.
Have you been doing, or planning on doing, the same workouts all the way up until labour? You're not alone. But now is the time to make the required changes and only include functional first trimester pregnancy exercises into your workouts.
Not only does your health depend on it, but also that of your baby. Raising your body temperature too high can lead to health concerns for baby.
Performing planks when pregnant can lead to debilitating back pain. Over-stretching can cause injury due to increased relaxin.
Here is why and how you how things change with each week of pregnancy.
Early pregnancy is a challenging time as the reality of pregnancy kicks in with every slight change in your body.
At the same time, you are still trying to hide your growing belly and keep your pregnancy secret throughout this first trimester.
Avoiding drinking alcohol and eating certain foods can be a giveaway for your close friends.
No longer should you be attending those boot camps or high-intensity sessions that include potentially dangerous high-impact, high-intensity and even contact activities.
It is the sudden change in life-style choices, habits and training that requires you to ease into your first trimester.
The impulse to continue with your pre-pregnancy workouts is where you must accept that times have changed. You are now exercising for two!
1. Core loading
2. Hip loading
3. Scapular loading
4. Pectoral loading
Let's take that one step further and explain why these play such an important role in how I design my prenatal workouts.
Your core refers to your pelvic floor, abdominals and diaphragm.
Your core-strengthening exercises should start early on in pregnancy. But please, never do those old traditional and very harmful sit-ups or planking.
One of the major changes from your pre-pregnancy workouts is that now you must focus on incorporating Kegel exercises (pelvic floor exercises) into your workouts.
This is why I have included a guided pelvic floor video for every week of your pregnancy in my online program.
The earlier you start your pelvic floor exercises the better. You see, strengthening your pelvic-floor will help prevent incontinence during pregnancy and stop (or at least reduce) the severity of back and pelvic pain.
My functional training program places great importance on the diaphragm. So much so that proper diaphragmatic breathing is one of the most important exercises you can do when pregnant.
Again, this is likely an exercise you would have never done pre-pregnancy and why functional prenatal training must take high priority.
So how does this 'hip loading' fit into the demands of pregnancy? Did you know that your back is significantly more at risk (when pregnant) during unsupported forward flexion than before you were pregnant?
For this reason, I have a dedicated section on my online program dedicated to 'Body Care' where I show you the exact technique you must use for the various activities.
1. To put a child in a car seat.
2. At a change table.
3. To pick-up a child.
4. To pick up a child out of the bath.
5. To pick-up shopping bags.
6. While cleaning.
...... and many more common daily activities.
So while your core is a priority, you must not neglect the importance of strengthening your upper back and stretching the anterior chest muscles.
The 'rounding of your shoulders' can become a problem when pregnant. The exercises I have included in my workouts are dedicated to helping to prevent such problems.
In preparation for motherhood; you must start now in strengthening your pectorals (chest) as many activities you will perform as a new mother will involve these muscles.
As your baby will spend a lot of time on the floor, so will you.
And one functional aspect of training for a new mother is to prevent injury each time you push-up from the floor, hold your baby up, or any other activity that requires use of these muscles.
Next post is on Functional Pregnancy Exercise in the Second Trimester.
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