Exercise during pregnancy is important - and the perfect path to faster postpartum weight loss and recovery. Here you'll find easy pregnancy exercises and fitness plans to get you moving (even when it's the last thing your swollen feet want to do).
If the weather isn't cooperating, or if you simply want a change of pace, try this 30-minute interval-based treadmill routine. We've included suggested speeds and incline levels; bring it up or down depending on your fitness level.
Women who want to maintain a high exercise level during pregnancy may be frustrated at the outdated ("keep your heart rate below 140") and vague ("stop exercising if you feel tired") information they find. "Physicians aren't trained to counsel pregnant women about exercise," says James Pivarnik, PhD, vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine. "It's a rare bird who keeps up with the exercise and pregnancy literature." Doctors may have you believe that we know little about how exercise affects pregnant women. But in reality, we know quite a bit -- and it's good news for runners, cyclists, and gym rats who are moms-to-be. "If a woman is having a normal pregnancy, she can continue to exercise, and the upper limit of the level can be reasonably close to what she was doing before pregnancy," Pivarnik says.
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