First of all, don't stress about your legs at this point in pregnancy-chances are high that you'll be able to slim down that area postpartum. The deal is that every women stores fat in her own unique (and frustrating!) way. You may be someone who store more in the legs, versus someone who gets a belly or bigger bottom.
There's no magic exercise routine that'll spot reduce an area of the body. Exercise will help keep your muscles toned and burn fat, but doing spot exercises won't reduce fat stores in an area.
It's a normal part of pregnancy to add some baby weight, but it's important to keep your pregnancy weight gain within the guidelines your doctor recommends. Make sure you're not taking in more calories than needed (pregnancy only requires an additional 300 calories a day).
Keep on walking-it's one of the best ways to keep fit during pregnancy, and if you can, try to continue your exercise right up to your due date. Doing so will make it so much easier to get back into your fitness routine PP and lose your baby weight. Cathy
Edited by: CATHY_CRAM_MS at: 10/27/2008 (15:06)
Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.
Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.
10/26/08 9:22 P
I have been trying real hard to walk a lot more then i normally would, (not that I don't walk a lot as is) and some leg exercises, only to realize that my legs are still just a fat/big as they were before. I think im wearing my pregnancy in my thighs. Any suggestions as to what I can do to help this a little. Seam's like everything is getting tighter instead of comfortable. =]
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