Pregnancy Exercise Essentials

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Lara Robby
Gearing up for fitness during and after pregnancy is easy. Just check out our list and get ready to go.
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Comfy & Supportive Shoes

Make sure to pick comfortable shoes with plenty of arch support. You're exercising for two, so make sure you don't put added stress on your back with improper cushioning.

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Veer

Lots of Layers

Layers of comfortable clothing are always a smart choice. During pregnancy, you need to watch your temperature to ensure you're not overheating -- shed an outer layer if you start to feel too warm.

It can be hard to be motivated to work out after a long day of work, but it's worth it! After watching this video, you'll be inspired to get off the couch and go for a run.

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iStock/Jupiter Images

The Right Bra

Before you prepare for your next workout, make sure you have a supportive bra that fits right. An ill-fitting bra will contribute to back pain later on.

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Photodisc/ Getty

Water, Water, Water!

Always remember to keep hydrated, whether you're exercising or not, when you're pregnant. Grab a bottle of water (or two!) before you head out the door.

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Juice Images/Veer

Energy-Boosting Snacks

Tote a small, healthy snack, like fruit, half a sandwich, or a bag of trail mix, along to your workout session. You'll need to refuel soon after your workout. Don't be stuck hungry in a traffic jam on your way home.

Turn on the music and start working on those muscles! Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak designed these moves specifically for pregnant mamas. Tone your whole body with the overhead triceps extension, stiff leg dead lift, and plank.

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A Cool-Down Washcloth

When you need to cool off, a washcloth or a baby wipe is a refreshing and safe bet -- and it will help keep your body temperature in check.

Cell Phone & Safety Items

If you're walking outside, at the gym, or working out at home, it's always smart to keep your cell phone handy. When you're out and about, consider also packing mace and/or a whistle, some money, and your ID, just in case.

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Lara Robby
Lara Robby

More Prenatal Workout Ideas

Now that you've packed prenatal workout essentials, you're ready to get some exercise! Try these safe and fun ideas:

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