Are you or your partner pregnant? Congratulations! Welcome to a truly special time in your life-- pregnancy. With proper planning and preparation, you can make it one of your best experiences.
It's no surprise that consistent exercise and good nutrition are great ways to help women better enjoy this very unique time in their lives. But pregnancy offers new challenges to even the most dedicated health enthusiast. Each trimester often brings its own new symptoms: nausea (not just in the morning), fatigue, water retention, and restless sleep, just to name a few.
Many women find that exercise during pregnancy helps prepare them for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance. What's more, you'll find it easier to get your body back in shape once the baby's born. Regular exercise can dramatically improve your mood and increase energy just as it does when you're not pregnant.
The key to fitness during pregnancy is consistency. While you do not want to strain yourself or overdo it, you can benefit greatly from a safe and moderate exercise routine. Putting time aside each day to enjoy slow stretching and a fun workout will give you the daily boost and endurance that you'll appreciate throughout your pregnancy, during labor, and once the baby arrives.