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What if I Don't Feel Like Exercising While I'm Pregnant!

By Edited May 23, 2016 0 0

Prenatal Pilate Videos

Summer Sanders' Prenatal Workout
Amazon Price: $1.85 Buy Now
(price as of May 23, 2016)
Great for all three trimesters and includes a total body workout.

The Benefits of Exercising When You're Pregnant

If you were like me, you were already a little out of shape when you found out you were expecting.  Most days I feel like I can barely make it through the afternoon at my desk without feeling like I want to hide under my cubicle.

During the first trimester, your body is preparing itself for your new baby. This process sucks the energy out of you and just makes you want to run to the nearest bed.

However exercising while pregnant is one of the most important things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy. Women who exercise while pregnant, tend to have more energy, less aches and pains, easier delivery and recovery time.

Most women should be able to exercise while pregnant, however its best to check with your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise program, even those intended for pregnant women.

Pros and Cons of Working Out At The Gym

Pros:

Many people already have a gym membership when they become pregnant. Just because you're having a baby, doesn’t mean you need to cancel or put your membership on hold.

Many gyms provide low impact equipment such as elliptical machines, treadmills or stationary bikes. These machines are great options to choose from to keep from getting bored.

They also offer different aerobic classes to meet different fitness levels. Moms-to-be enjoy taking Zumba, pilates or yoga classes.

If your gym is like mine, you'll have a nice warm swimming pool to swim whenever you want or for water aerobics classes.  

pregnant woman working out in water

Another benefit of going to the gym is their hours. My current gym isn’t 24 hours but they are open very early in the morning and close way after I go to bed at night. Finding time to go to the gym is easier when they offer hours to accommodate your schedule.

Cons:

While your local gym may not be that far from you home, it does take some time to get there. Driving time can add up over the course of the week. Some people just don’t have the extra time to waste.

Membership dues can be another deterrent of joining a gym or keeping your membership. Since new parents are preparing for the new added cost of a baby, some choose to cancel their gym membership to save money and cut costs.

Pros and Cons of Working Out at Home

pregnant woman working out

Pros:

Many women who are newly pregnant or are beginning to show may be uncomfortable working out in a gym setting, especially if its co-ed. Working out at home always you to get the exercise you need and not have to worry about who's watching you.

Working out a home gives you greater flexibility in your schedule. You can come home relax for a few minutes, get started on dinner and then get moving. You can easily pause and check on your dinner, then get back to exercising.

When you work out at home, you don’t have to worry about recurring monthly costs like with a gym membership. After you've purchased your DVD or exercise equipment, there are no additional monthly costs. Also there are many exercises that can be done without a video.

Cons:

If you're married or have kids at home already, as soon as you get home, they're going to want your attention. Finding a balance between taking care of your family and yourself can be difficult for some. Many women feel like they need to get out the house in order to have a distraction free workout.

Some people are motivated by knowing they have the added cost of a gym membership each month and that they are charged whether they go or not. Others have a personal trainer that they work with weekly. If you don’t have a support system at home, it can be hard sometimes to stay motivated.

Working Out at Home and the Gym

I get bored easily and I like to switch it up sometimes. I like the variety of classes and equipment at the gym but I also like being by myself sometimes at home. Whatever you choose, make sure it's fun and varied so you're more likely to stick with it and not give up.

There are many different videos designed specifically for pregnant women. Some of them include:

Summer Sanders' Prenatal Workout

Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy

Whether you work out at home or in the gym, just try to work out.  The benefits in the long run will outweigh any inconvenience at the time.

10 Ms: Prenatal Pilates
Amazon Price: $2.72 Buy Now
(price as of May 23, 2016)
Can be used as a full length or express workout.
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