Yes to Resistance Training during Pregnancy

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I’ve had the pleasure of training with some pretty inspirational moms-to-be over the past few months. These are busy women juggling careers, kids, carpools and too many other responsibilities to even name (and they’re kicking serious butt while doing it). Despite all of this, they are choosing to make their health a priority. These mamas are doing it right, focusing on building a strong foundation through pregnancy. I always say that it’s an honour to be part of their journey.

As a mom of two, I can completely relate to how challenging it is to get motivated to exercise during pregnancy, especially when you’re feeling tired, sore and swollen. And trust me, I. WAS. SWOLLEN. Let me tell you that in an uncomplicated pregnancy, and with your physician’s approval, exercise is THE best thing you can do for yourself, in my opinion. Today I’m discussing why resistance training is something that you really should be doing during pregnancy.

Lifting some weights can make your pregnancy more comfortable. I know that there are women out there who love, love, love everything about being pregnant. It’s pretty miraculous: growing a human inside of you! Let’s be honest though, pregnancy isn’t always the most comfortable thing on earth. As baby grows, and the uterus expands we experience changes in posture and centre of gravity that can lead to lower back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. Resistance training throughout pregnancy can specifically target and strengthen these areas to help you feel more comfortable.

Resistance training can make your daily activities easier. Pregnant or not, life is busy and physically demanding. When you add the challenge of a growing belly, holy cow! Of course going about your daily business is going to become more challenging. Prenatal resistance training will improve your strength and endurance, allowing you more stamina to get s#^% done!

Lifting weights can promote healthy weight gain. Weight gain during pregnancy is natural and necessary for the growth and development of baby. Weight gain during pregnancy IS NOT something to stress about. A healthy weight gain helps to prepare mom for breastfeeding and can reduce the risk of pregnancy and delivery related complications. Resistance training can help maintain or even improve lean muscle mass, keeping you on track for a healthy weight gain.

Resistance training can help prepare you for labour and recovery. Pregnancy, labour, delivery and recovery: this process is a marathon, not a sprint. Resistance training can help improve your muscular strength and endurance to help you persevere through the stages.

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Justine Cappel is a Personal Training Specialist, Pre & Post Natal Fitness Specialist and the Founder of Twenty Toes Fitness. She brings a ‘normal-girl’ approach to fitness, rejecting the typical ‘no excuses’ mentality. Justine understands that being a mom means not only having a day job, but being a multi-tasker, chauffeur, tushy-wiper, chef, homework buddy, laundry-engineer and procurement specialist. In her down time, Justine can be found chasing her little lady around or catching up on old episodes of 30 Rock with her husband. Find out more about in-home personal training and group fitness from Twenty Toes Fitness.

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