How to Stay (or Get) in Shape While Pregnant

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[Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical practitioner. Any medical information is strictly my opinion based on research that I performed and my personal experiences. Take it as you will. Always seek the advice of a licensed physician for your medical needs.]

Exercise always has been and always will be an important part of having a healthy body. Pregnancy is just an extra special time and even more reason to stay (or get) in shape. It basically comes down to keeping your body moving in ways that are safe for Mama and baby! There are some exercises and activities that may not be safe during pregnancy. So just be mindful of what they are. If you have any doubts or wonders what those are, just ask your doctor.

Exercising during pregnancy is good for Mama from head to toe, including that bundle of joy you are growing inside of that adorable bump! According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), mama should perform at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, for at least, most days of the week. Cardio, such as walking or swimming are among the safest and most beneficial. Are you a runner? Need a little more speed? You can continue to run, as long as you do not over-do it. Listen to your body. Of course, make sure it is OK with your doctor. More exercises that you can do are low-impact aerobics and dance workouts, stair climbers, ellipticals, and indoor cycling. All of these are great during pregnancy. Want to exercise, but not so much cardio? Try barre, pilates, or weight-lifting! These are great for strength training. Whatever exercise program you choose, you can find all kinds of videos to help on social media. YouTube has some great videos with some great instructors! A couple of my faves are Move Your Bump & The Bloom Method. Two rules of thumb; always consult your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise program & always listen to your body.

What are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy? WOW! There are so many benefits to exercising during pregnancy! It can reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. It can help you sleep better. It can help prevent excess weight gain. It can promote muscle tone, endurance, and strength. Which can help a lot during labor. It can even help decrease your risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. It can also help decrease your risk of needing a cesarean delivery. Unless, of course, that is your chosen way of birthing. On days that you are just too tired to do anything, ahem, because you are growing a human, if you can manage to exercise, even just a little, it can boost your mood and energy levels! I have had a few (several) of those days. But, the days that I actually managed to get up & move around a little, I felt much better! My mood and energy level did, in fact, improve!! Just make sure that you choose a program or exercises that are safe during pregnancy!

Need some workout clothes? Pajamas are great! Or you could always take advantage of some retail therapy to help boost your motivation to work out? A couple of my favorites places to shop online for workout or athleisure clothes are Love & Fit and Kindred Bravely! Both have maternity and breastfeeding friendly clothes. They are made with great quality fabrics. Wear them even if you are not exercising! They are super cute anyway you wear them. You can check them out here. Shop using our links to let them know we sent ya!!

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What about you Mama? What are your favorite exercise programs? What are your favorite workout outfits? Share your thoughts!

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