It is recommended that pregnant women get 30 minutes of exercise per day. I know a lot of people don’t exercise that much before being pregnant, so I’m sure many expectant women aren’t sure where to begin! A common rule is to not start a new form of exercise during your pregnancy (an exception to this being prenatal yoga). If you didn’t exercise a lot pre-pregnancy, take your time easing into a more regular routine. Above all listen to your body. Respecting & nurturing your body is key, especially during pregnancy. There’s no one size fits all prenatal routine!
I wrote down what I did for exercise last week to share with you. My favorite prenatal exercises are prenatal yoga, walking & swimming. Walking is something you can do on your own, anytime.
Tuesday – Bollywood Dance Blast (30 minute Comcast OnDemand video)
Wednesday – Prenatal yoga
Thursday – Swimming & stretching
Friday – Walking (30 minutes)
Saturday – Bollywood Dance Blast (30 minute Comcast OnDemand video)
Sunday – rest day, gentle stretched
- The Tracey Anderson DVD series is a fairly advanced workout. She doesn’t talk a lot about form or modifications so I worry about people injuring or overdoing the workout. It’s similar to barre classes that I teach & take so my body was familiar with the movements. I still felt sore in my arms & hamstrings afterwards.
- The Bollywood Dance Blast video was so much fun I did it twice last week! It’s great for circulation & made me smile. I modified the movements by not jumping around as vigorously as the instructor. The 30 minutes goes by quickly & I felt happy & like I danced away any tension each time.
- This past week I taught & took prenatal yoga on Wednesday. Perfect for beginners or experienced yoginis. I absolutely love attending a class in-studio & feeling the connection between myself & the other expectant mommies.
- Swimming is so easy on your joints & it’s nice to feel weightless for once. I’m not a strong of fast swimmer. I take my time & do breaststroke laps. If you have access to a pool, I highly recommend prenatal swimming.
- Walking. As stated above, this is one of my favorite forms of prenatal exercise. You can do it anywhere, anytime. It helps to strengthen your legs, work out your heart & I practice deep yoga breathing while walking. A moving meditation & a time to connect with nature.