Pregnancy Exercise & Fitness: Strength Training Tips for Mom-to-Be From a Prenatal Fitness Expert by Elisa Schmitz
“You’re going to build strength and endurance, increase your stamina ... All of that is going to transition to the delivery room and you’re doing to feel better and more confident in your body.” These inspiring words are from prenatal fitness expert and new mom Shaina Young. She shared some strength training tips and exercises for moms-to-be.
First, Shaina says that it's OK to maintain pre-pregnancy intensity levels when strength training, as long as it feels OK. You can modify, if necessary. There are, however, two things to avoid and that are not recommended:
- Any exercises done flat on your back.
- Any weighted or exaggerated rotations.
Shaina shared two exercises that she recommends to pregnant clients:
- Back Row: Builds strength in the back and helps to maintain good posture.
- Squats: Especially good for the lower body.
To see Shaina and I do the exercises, check out this video.
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