Have you ever wondered “How should I exercise when I’m pregnant?” or “What can I do? And what can’t I do?”
There’s so much information out there that it can be fear-inducing and overwhelming trying to figure out this whole pregnancy workout situation.
One person tells you crunches are safe for pregnancy.
Another person says you should never lay on your back because you’ll pass out.
Then someone else tells you that their best friend’s sister’s mother ran throughout her entire pregnancy and never leaks – so it must be okay to run when you’re pregnant.
While another one shares an anxiety provoking story of a woman who ran throughout her entire pregnancy and ended up leaking constantly for months after giving birth – so running is definitely off the table.
Who do you believe?
The truth is there’s no one best workout or type of exercise or strategy for every expectant mom.
Every body is different. Every pregnancy is different.
And it all comes back to you.
What do you want to do?
How do you want to workout?
And how can we develop a plan that works for you – without causing any issues like pain or core and pelvic floor dysfunction?
And the thing is, this may change from day-to-day, trimester-to-trimester – especially as your energy comes and goes.
One day you’re feeling super energetic and ready to lift some weights.
The next day getting out of bed sounds like a lot of work and you’d rather just not.
We need to remind ourselves – constantly – that pregnancy is an incredibly challenging task to put our bodies through. It’s a 24/7 workout itself.
And you don’t need to push through exhaustion just to get your workout in because that’s what pre-pregnant you would have done.
Yes, if you’re just feeling a little tired and you know a workout will probably actually help give you a boost of energy (and take your mind off of feeling like you constantly need to barf) go for it!
But if you’re not even remotely interested in feeling the burn because the fatigue has got you in its tight little grip, it’s okay to rest or swap some gentle core and floor exercises and stretching for that weight training or cardio workout you had planned.
What I’m getting at is that no two women are alike. No two pregnancies are alike. No two days are alike.
So use my behind the scenes peek into what I’m doing as an educational, use what works for you, leave what doesn’t tour. Not a dogmatic, must-do approach.