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After 4 pregnancies, I know that sometimes you just need a great workout you can find on YouTube when you finally feel ready. Sometimes, you don’t need a full program to follow, or a pdf printout, but a quick video you can follow along to and get a great sweat!
I have a free, 7-day workout challenge, that is simple and a great addition to these workout videos!
The prenatal workout videos on YouTube are fun, challenging, and made to make you sweat. These are not necessarily beginner workouts because you can always slow down or modify the workouts to where you are at in your pregnancy. If you are feeling heavier, you can do less impact even if the video calls for jumping jacks. Most of the videos are low-impact and perfect for all trimesters!
Remember, if you weren’t working out during pregnancy at all, then starting during pregnancy is possible but harder because you have to be more careful. If you were in really good shape and doing crossfit workouts before you got pregnant, you can absolutely keep up with those workouts as long as your doctor approves!
Important information on working out during pregnancy:
What Are The Benefits Of Exercising During Pregnancy?
Physical activity during pregnancy can help reduce swelling, back pain, help you sleep better, and lower the risk of gestational diabetes (Mayo Clinic). There’s also some research that indicates that an active pregnancy provides a boost to baby’s brain and heart health as well (What To Expect).
What Are Safe Pregnancy Exercises?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says most pregnant women can continue regular exercise during pregnancy. In fact, there are many benefits to physical activity during pregnancy, including reduced aches and pains, better sleep quality and reduced risk of complications like gestational diabetes. Most physical activities you were doing pre-pregnancy are safe to continue into your pregnancy. Some examples of safe pregnancy exercises include:
1) Strength training and weight training
2) Walking and running
3) Prenatal yoga and pilates
4) Stationary bike or cycling
5) Swimming and water aerobics
Of course, every body (and every pregnancy) is different. Before you begin an exercise routine, you should consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional.
Are There Any Exercises I Should Avoid During Pregnancy?
You generally want to avoid lying on your stomach and belly-down postures, upward facing dog, deep back bends and abdominal overextension, crunches and abdominal twisting, and any exercise that causes coning or doming in your midsection. You should also avoid getting ‘breathless’ during pregnancy workouts. It’s ok to raise your heart rate, but remember the ‘talk test.’ You should be able to comfortably hold a conversation with a friend while exercising during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Pilates For A Fit & Toned Pregnancy (20-Min Prenatal Pilates Class)