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7 ways to stay active during pregnancy

Christine Koh, founder and editor of Boston Mamas and the designer behind Posh Peacock, gives us a few tips on how to stay active during pregnancy.

I'm due with my second child in March, and as was the case with my daughter Laurel, I've made it a priority to stay active during my pregnancy. Not because I'm worried about baby weight (it's a reality people!) but to keep my body strong to handle the birthing process (I'm hoping to follow up my emergency Csection with a natural birth).

As always, check in with your obstetrician or midwife about your fitness plans; otherwise, here are my recommendations for 7 fitness activities to enjoy during pregnancy.

1. Running. If you loved running before you became pregnant, I highly recommend getting in some running during the early stages of your pregnancy. It just feels good to sweat, and it's a fast workout. Your comfort with running while pregnant will depend on what you did prior to pregnancy and when your belly "pops" so listen to your body and consult with your prenatal care team as you go. I ran around 1015 miles a week prepregnancy and have cut back to around 49 miles/week during pregnancy. Most importantly, listen to your body. Don't let running ego get in the way; stop and walk if you feel tired or any pain whatsoever! And if you're pregnant and itching to run during the winter, consider running indoor on a treadmill to avoid icy patches. If you're not a runner, or once running becomes too onerous, walk. Walking is fantastic exercise; take as brisk a pace as you can handle and break a sweat. If you'd like a little meditative walk, take a hike through the woods; alternately, if you're a multitasker like me, incorporate walking into errands, whether it's to the post office, picking up your kids from school, or heading to the local market for some milk. Crank the tunes and envision the scenery zooming past, all from the safety of your stationary bike. Admittedly, I think of Sandra Boynton's hippos in ballet tutus when I think about dancing while pregnant, but I love dance classes. The guided warm ups and stretching feel so good, as does the challenge and awareness that comes from coordinating movement to music. I adore yoga. My typical fitness routine is to alternate running and yoga; yoga is wonderful for stretching and strengthening and you can enjoy yoga all the way through your pregnancy. If you're not familiar with yoga, take a prenatal class for guidance. If you're more experienced, purchase or check out some prenatal yoga DVDs for inspiration on pose modifications or modify your own favorite practices. If you have access to a pool, take advantage of it! I swam all the way up until the day before I delivered Laurel (just shy of 42 weeks!). Yes, the lifeguards looked highly apprehensive when they saw me waddling up the lap lanes, but nothing felt so wonderful as weightlessness in the water, and I could still swim laps for an hour all the way to the end. When I first got back to postnewmom fitness a few years ago, my entry was via the Jillian Michaels shred. And what's nice about the program is that it's literally 20 or so minutes a day from the comfort of your home, and offers enough strength and cardio training to ensure that you break a sweat. Obviously, Michaels pushes hard so listen to your body and make adjustments: for example, march in place or do modified jumping jacks (still lifting the arms but alternating foot taps on each side) instead of full bouncing jumping jacks. She is the founder and editor of Boston Mamas, the designer behind Posh Peacock, writes a personal blog at Pop Discourse, and pens the column Minimalist Mama. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and 6yearold daughter and is expecting her second child in March 2011.

I still running at 19 weeks, although like you, I have cut my mileage way back and take a lot more walk breaks. I also love prenatal Pilates have the 10 Minute Solutions DVD and do a couple of the segments most mornings of the week. My son and I also take a Mommy and Me swim class and between moving around the pool and tossing him up in the air, I get a decent workout during the class I feel so much better on the days I get in a workout, it really helps with nausea and the first trimester fatigue comment >

With a first it is SOOO much easier to find time to exercise. I enjoyed swimming, walking, eliptical, hockey(i gave it up at three month due to safety concerns, but my dr said it was safe till I started to show I showed very late) WWith my second I took advantage of extra time at lunch to workout!

However, as a stay at home mom with two young kids, I have little time to exercise extept to bring my oldest to SK. Sure I could get up early or stay up late to workout, but I don like walking alone in the dark much and at 10pm it is too much of a hassele to drive acroos town to the 24 hour gym I don use teenage babysitters(my choice) so it is tough to do.

This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.
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