Pregnancy and Exercise

When taking Yoga or stretching, it's important to remember that your joints and tissue will be loose during pregnancy because pregnancy hormones (relaxin), which help the uterus expand, also affect all of the body's connective tissue in the process. This is not the time to push your body to new found flexibility. You should instead work in a safe, comfortable range, maintaining good range of motion.

Unless the doctor has specifically cautioned you not to exercise due to an existing medical condition, you are free to continue with your exercise program. Research has supported that babies are leaner and healthier because their moms took part in a regular exercise program during pregnancy.

If you start to feel dizzy, light-headed, onset of headache, nausea, vision changes, extreme fatigue or shortness of breath, then exercise should be terminated.

Your body will tell you all you need to know. Get familiar with your new body and listen carefully.

Enjoy your fit pregnancy.

Tracey Mallett is an internationally-recognized certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She is also a certified fitness instructor, Gyrotonic™ and Master Pilates instructor. Tracey is the creator and star of the 3-In-1 Pregnancy System, the first DVD of its kind combining Pilates, Yoga and strength training for pre- and post-natal mothers. Her newest videos are Renew You and Super Body BootCamp. A proud mother of two, Tracey hails from Bloxwich, England. Visit her online at www.TraceyMallett.com.

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