Guys, I am so excited for today’s guest post! You know my love (okay, obsession) with Burn Boot Camp and I am HONORED to have Morgan Kline, the co-founder of Burn Boot Camp guest posting on my blog today! Morgan is currently pregnant with her second child and she is STILL active and training. I exercised during both my pregnancies and I am so passionate about being active and healthy during that time! I hope this post is helpful for those of you who are mamas-to-be (or hopeful mamas-to-be!)
There are a million different thoughts running through your head, rightfully so. One of the most common concerns with most first time moms-to-be is, “is exercising during pregnancy safe?” The good thing is, you can continue to workout but there are some limitations, so keep reading to find out all the do’s and don’ts of exercising while pregnant!
First things first, always consult with your medical doctor when deciding if it’s okay to workout during your pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, every mom is different, and there may be reasons why your doctor will not allow your exercising during pregnancy. Generally speaking, if you are not a high risk pregnancy or have a concerning medical issue, most MD’s will clear you to workout, but check with them first! Typically, if you have been working out before you got pregnant, you can continue with that style of workout throughout your pregnancy.
Exercise is not only safe during most pregnancies; it also has great benefits to help mommy and baby during pregnancy, labor, and post-partum phase. Working out can also boost your energy, improve your mood, decrease stress, help you sleep, and prepare you for childbirth by strengthening the necessary muscle groups used in labor. Research suggests that exercise can also lower your risk for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women without complications workout 30 minutes per day at a moderate intensity 3-5 days per week. The ideal workout will get your blood pumping, keep you limber, and controls weight gain without putting you and your baby’s body in harms way.
I have trained hundreds of moms-to-be through their entire pregnancies and post-partum. Personally, I worked out my entire first pregnancy with my daughter, Cameron and currently am pregnant with a baby boy! During this exciting, but stressful time it is so important to still take care of yourself first, in order to provide for others around you and your growing baby! Be sure to find a trainer that knows how to train during pregnancy to avoid doing any harm to you, your muscles, and your baby!
Morgan Kline co-founded the Burn Boot Camp fitness franchise with her husband in 2012. From a single parking lot, the brand has now multiplied to more than 85 locations nationwide. Morgan leads business operations for the team, training clients about nutrition and heading up results-driven burst training sessions. As a mom to an adorable daughter and son on the way, Morgan loves sharing easy exercise routines, healthy food options, and tips to stay healthy during motherhood!
Thank you SO much for guest posting, Morgan!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!
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