There was once a time that a pregnant woman was thought of as “fragile”. Any form of exercise was strictly prohibited by doctors and feared by concerned fathers. We’ve now come to realize that a pregnant woman is capable of doing nearly everything that every other woman is capable of doing (and even most men).
It is now recommended that women participate in prenatal exercise programs because of the benefits during labor and delivery as well as the postnatal benefits to moms and babies.
Why Weight Train?
Women who weight train throughout their pregnancy benefit from less weight gain during pregnancy and return to their pre-pregnancy weight, strength, and flexibility levels faster than women who remain inactive or who only participate in cardio programs.
Weight training increases a woman’s energy levels throughout her pregnancy and helps prevent loss of bone density postpartum.
The babies born to women who weight trained during their pregnancy are born with ideal birth weights. Prenatal weight training is the first step in ensuring that your child has a healthy start in life!