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Exercise During Pregnancy

Regular exercise, with the approval of your physician, can often help to minimize the physical discomforts of pregnancy and help with the recovery after the baby is born.

Strong Mamas, Prenatal Yoga, Bump N' Pump, and Baby Steps are exercise classes for Mom-to-be and new moms looking to stay strong, fit and more comfortable during pregnancy and after delivery.

Woman's Classes Offered at Destination Maternity
Woman's has several classes to help you stay strong, fit and more comfortable during and after your pregnancy. Exercise classes are offered as a single class.

  • Prenatal Yoga
    Yoga can help you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for giving birth and becoming a mother.
  • Strong Mamas
    This pregnancy exercise class is designed to focus on preparing your body for the changes of pregnancy, labor and delivery.
  • Baby Steps
    Focus on strengthening your abs, pelvic floor, back and legs while exercising with your baby.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), if you exercised and were physically fit before pregnancy you can safely continue exercising throughout the pregnancy.

However, always check with your physician before beginning or continuing an exercise program.

Exercise may not be safe if you have any of the following conditions:

  • preterm labor in current or past pregnancies
  • vaginal bleeding
  • cervical problems
  • leaking of amniotic fluid
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness or fainting
  • decreased fetal activity or other complications
  • increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • certain health problems such as high blood pressure or heart disease

Types of exercise to avoid during pregnancy:

  • horseback riding
  • waterskiing
  • scuba diving
  • high altitude skiing
  • contact sports
  • any exercise that can cause a serious fall
  • exercising on your back after the first trimester (because of reduced blood flow to the uterus)
  • vigorous exercise in hot, humid weather, as pregnant women are less efficient at exchanging heat
  • exercise involving the Valsalva maneuver (holding one's breath during exertion), which can cause an increased intra-abdominal pressure

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