Pregnancy Is an Endurance Test. Why Not Train for It?

Pregnancy Is an Endurance Test. Why Not Train for It?

Pregnancy can feel like a nine-month feat of strength and stamina, filled with relentless physical challenges, from the extreme fatigue of the first trimester to the breathlessness and back pain of the third.

While regular exercise during pregnancy can help manage these issues, experts say you can also prepare your body before getting pregnant — in the same way you might train for an athletic event — using exercises that specifically benefit a pregnant body.

“The work of pregnancy, labor, delivery and then postpartum — it’s all one long marathon,” said Maura Shirey, who runs Bodies for Birth, a prenatal and postpartum fitness program in Seattle. “If you can dedicate time up front to having a strong foundation, then it’s just going to mean a more energetic, more comfortable, stronger” experience, she said. … [read more]

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