Prenatal and postpartum fitness training is important for every pregnant woman and new mom. Experiencing the joys of motherhood-to-be does not mean that you have to give up on your exercise program. Being physically fit will help you tremendously when it is time to give birth and while weight loss during pregnancy is acceptable, if you want to lose that excess weight after you have the baby, you may want to keep some kind of fitness program going even while you are pregnant.
The Benefits of Prenatal Exercise
During your prenatal and postpartum training at Peak Personal Training, the first thing that you will learn is how exercise is good not only for your body but for your mind as well. Regular exercise releases endorphins, the chemical that gives you a sense of euphoria, and will help stabilize those chronic mood swings that pregnant women experience because of hormonal changes. It will also have a significant impact on how long you will be in delivery and how easily you will lose weight after the baby is born. Any woman with good muscle tone, as well as the endurance given by cardiovascular exercise will have a much easier time during labor.
If you already like to exercise, being pregnant is no reason to slow down. Even if you do not currently exercise, there is no reason not to begin, as long as your doctor approves. Prenatal and postpartum training is not aimed at helping you lose weight. Instead, the exercise will help you control the weight you do gain, as long as it is beneficial to the baby and it will make it that much easier to lose it again afterwards. Exercise will also help you reduce the chance that you will become susceptible to pregnancy related medical conditions, such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.
Easier Postpartum Weight Loss
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body a great deal but not permanently. It has been proven that if you exercise regularly before and during your pregnancy, you will be able to not only get back into shape afterwards; it is possible that you can become fitter than you were before you became pregnant. The easiest way to do this is to focus on eating healthy and do some strength training.
Having a trainer set up a customized strength training regime as part of a prenatal and postpartum exercise program will not only enable you to tone your midsection but will also allow you to target trouble spots all over that may have lost some tone during the pregnancy. The butt, thighs, legs and arms can all be toned up and strengthened with the proper workout, at least three times a week. Our trainers at Peak Personal Training are experienced and would love to help you stay fit and healthy. Let us set you up and just watch all that “baby fat” melt away.