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Slideshow: Want to stay active during pregnancy? Here’s how to adapt.
You know that an active pregnancy is good for both you and your baby, but with your body changing daily it’s tough to know what’s safe or where to start. Swipe through for some of our best tips on working out as a mom-to-be.
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Assess your impact
If you’re an avid runner or fitness enthusiast, it’s generally okay to continue your workouts, as long as you feel comfortable. Those beginning a new routine should stick to lower-impact options, keeping in mind that low impact doesn’t mean low intensity.
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Prepare to be a bit unsteady
As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts, often making balance more difficult. Practice balance poses near a chair or wall and try not to get frustrated if you can’t do what you could before. These physical changes are temporary.
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Careful with the core
Strong abs can help speed labor and reduce back pain, but this isn’t the moment to go all in. In general, avoid exercises that crunch or twist your middle and, if in doubt, seek out a specific prenatal core routine.
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Nurture your energy
The work your body is doing is nothing short of incredible, so it’s important to accept that your energy levels will fluctuate. Some days movement might feel really tough, so have some gentle yoga or pilates classes saved, talk a walk, or just give your body permission to rest.
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Move Your Bump
Find the guidance you need to stay active and fit throughout your pregnancy with the Move Your Bump app—the world’s largest library of prenatal workouts and recipes. Find everything from safe core work, yoga, and pilates to cardio and kickboxing available to stream from home at any time.