It has been very fun to work with moms who are pregnant, helping them get ready for birth. In some way it makes me feel like I have helped contribute to the health of the baby in some way. Even if this is not actually the case, it still makes me feel good :). What I enjoy even more though, is training a mom all the way through pregnancy, and then helping her get into the best shape of her life right after pregnancy. If it is a natural birth, we usually start back up with Fit Fun Bootcamps or MamaTone after 3-4 weeks and, if it is a C-section, 6-8 weeks after delivering.
At the bottom of this post I would love to hear your experience with exercise and pregnancy
Here is a video I shot last week with one of my MamaToner’s, Jenny, who gave birth 8 days earlier to her 3rd child. She consistently came to class through the 9 months, even though she has two other small children and works a full time job… So much for not having the time to workout!
It is great to hear the stories from the moms, especially who have now had multiple kids and didn’t do my specific type of training for their pregnancies before, and the difference they feel now with the proper heavy strength training and intense cardio.
-More energy during pregnancy
-Less inches gained
-Feel better and better mood
-Bounce back quicker after giving birth
It is at this point where I need to remind you to check with your doctor before doing any exercise program.
-Avoid lying on your belly once it becomes uncomfortable, generally between months 4-6.
-Decrease the intensity of workouts by one or two notches
-Make sure you are hydrated
-Make sure to keep breathing and not holding your breath
-Be careful with high impact and side to side movements, since the hormone relaxin is causing joints and ligaments to loosen up.
If you are looking for a program that will help you stay in shape during pregnancy or help get you in shape after giving birth, I have two powerful programs for you to use.
1. Fit Moms For Life is a monthly DVD program featuring total body workouts that can be broken up into 30 minute chunks. There are well over 1000 moms on the program right now getting amazing results. In order for you to sample it, I am giving away the first month free (just pay shipping), you will receive a DVD, CD, and some meal plans and bonuses. There is no obligation to continue with the program. Click here to learn more and to get started today risk free.
2. Buns Guns Back and Shoulders DVDs is a 4 DVD set that has very short workouts that target certain muscle groups and work them much harder than could be done if it were total body training. Click here to invest in this program.