Gone are the days when pregnant women are supposed to stay home and do nothing for the health of the baby. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
That number may feel a bit daunting when your ankles are swelling and your lower back aches. However, there are a couple of things to consider.
This activity should be spread throughout the week.
As you progress in your pregnancy, the intensity levels of exercise change.
What does that mean, exactly? You may succeed in going for a 20-minute run every day in your first trimester, but by week 35, it may just be a walk around the block, or up the stairs for that matter. What’s key here is that you keep moving. Research has connected exercise to easier pregnancies, deliveries, and recoveries. As a mom of 3 that did little to no exercise pre-kids, I can attest to this. I had gestational diabetes with #1 but the healthier habits I adapted with the help of FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh allowed me to ward off that particular headache with babies 2 and 3.
What are the benefits of prenatal exercise?
Reduced backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling
Can help prevent or treat gestational diabetes
Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance (childbirth is the ultimate marathon!)
Promotes better sleep
Community: A shortcut to building your village
There’s one other major benefit when exercising specifically with FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh in the 6-week Fit4Baby program. Community. Being pregnant is both physically and mentally exhausting. The Prenatal FIT4BABY Exercise Program is so wonderful because it brings you together with other moms who have “been there done that” and others going through it for the first time. It is a safe place to talk about your aches and pains, fears and anxieties, a necessary community on this crazy journey called motherhood.
What Do the Workouts Look Like?
Each 60-minute workout includes cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility training and ends with a relaxing meditation to connect you and your baby.
Where can I find Fit4Baby Classes?
Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm at Wake Med North Hospital, 10000 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614
Saturday mornings, 9:15-10:15 am at the North Carolina Museum of Art Park (NCMA), 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
All classes are capped to allow for social distancing and masks are required for indoor classes (per host venue rules), and recommended for before/after class socializing or anytime that social distancing cannot be maintained. In the event of severe weather, outdoor classes will revert to our Virtual Studio (via Zoom).
How do I sign up?