Pregnancy and Weight Training

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

As you probably know, I moonlight as a Les Mills Body Pump fitness instructor. I absolutely love the Les Mills approach to high reps/low weight to tone and shape the muscles. There’s so much conflicting information out there in regards to pregnancy and excercise. Les Mill’s recent newsletter discusses reasons why expecting mom’s should continue to move their bodies. Here’s a few of the key reasons:

– Maintaining a good level of fitness will set you up for an easier, shorter labor with better recovery and fewer chances of complications.

– Training your abs during pregnancy will also lessen the degree of abdominal wall separation – a condition which can cause lower back and pelvic pain.

– Exercise helps normalize the birth weight of your baby. This is important as heavy babies are more likely to develop illnesses such as obesity, metabolic disease and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Naturally, it’s important to discuss your desire to continue to work out with your physician.

For more information and demonstrations see:

Bryce Hastings, Sept 28 2014 Les Mills International

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