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Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness

Welcome to "Training for Two"

First, Congratulations on your pregnancy! We know this is an exciting time for you, and it can also be a very trying time, as your life takes a new direction.

At Living Active Fitness, we know that staying fit while you're pregnant, and losing weight after the baby arrives can seem like a daunting task. But with an exercise plan and some achievable goals to help you get through your pregnancy, you can stay (or become) healthy and fit.

Perhaps, you're wondering if it's okay to exercise during pregnancy. Well, the short answer is "yes", absolutely you can exercise during your pregnancy, and you should exercise throughout your pregnancy.

It's always important to check with your doctor before you start any exercise routine and exercising during a normal pregnancy can be done safely. So make sure you check with your doctor first to make sure a moderate exercise routine is okay for you and your baby.
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"It can be easy to use your pregnancy as an excuse to stop exercising."

Don't

If you currently workout, don't let yourself fall into the trap of thinking that you should quit exercising because you're just going to put on weight anyway. Maintaining an exercise routine, while pregnant, will pay off as your pregnancy progresses, and also help you get back into pre-pregnancy shape after your baby arrives.

If you don't currently exercise, and have not had an interest in exercising, you will find it especially difficult to start exercising now. But, I strongly encourage you to start exercising now, the sooner the better! It may be hard to get started now, but it will get more difficult the longer you put it off. Start exercising now and you will be thanking yourself later.

Exercising during your pregnancy can help you enjoy your pregnancy more, can help you have a better delivery experience (if there is such a thing) and can help you get back into pre-pregnancy shape faster.

As the normal pregnancy weight comes on, exercise can help you feel better about yourself. It has also been reported that staying physically fit during pregnancy can help reduce the chance of having a caesarean section. Studies have also shown that your baby will benefit from your exercise during pregnancy. Babies born to moms who exercised during pregnancy were able to tolerate birth stress better, were more advanced in learning, and more mature in their behavior and emotional stability.

Pregnant exercises don't have to include anything extreme like running a marathon, and of course it shouldn't!

At Living Active Fitness, we hope we can help you make your pregnancy easier to cope with. There are many changes that a woman's body goes through and special challenges that can occur as the pregnancy progresses. Ultimately we hope to help you make your pregnancy more enjoyable.

Understanding the changes, special needs and limitations of your body during your pregnancy is needed to determine what exercises are suitable for you. Our prescription for prenatal exercise includes:

• Low impact exercise with a focus on movement, awareness, form, core stability, mobility and combined inner and outer muscular strength.

"Pregnancy is an exciting time, involving many physical, emotional and social changes."

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The recommendations - guidelines from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) are that women with uncomplicated pregnancies with or without a previous exercise history should engage in both cardiovascular and muscular endurance and flexibility exercises as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In the past there have been misconceptions about exercise and pregnancy such as having to stop an exercise routine, or whether or not a mom-to-be could start a program safely during pregnancy. The bottom line is that there is an abundance of research that suggests that we should be more concerned about the risks associated with NOT exercising during and after pregnancy such as "loss of muscular and cardiovascular fitness, excessive maternal weight gain, higher risk of gestational diabetes or pregnancy induced hyper tension, development of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis, a higher incidence of physical complaints such as low back pain and poor psychological adjustment to the physical changes of pregnancy." (SOGC/CSEP)

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Living Active Fitness & Massage
Tel: 1-604-795-0342
Email: info@livingactivefitness.com

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