Childbirth requires physical strength.
Parenting requires physical strength.
She will need the energy and strength pre and post natal.
Hope this helps.
The experience is as fun as the instructor makes it. Remember the fitness programming variables.
I have had a few clients in the past both pre and post natal, and I’ve heard people say everything from fewer symptoms of pregnancy (less sickness, less swelling, less fatigue) to an easier / shorter delivery. As Joanne points out, it is very important to stay healthy and fit throughout pregnancy, as post partum isn’t a piece of cake. Doing a lot of posture work has been helpful, as post partum, there’s a baby to hold, along with the diaper bag and all the other toys, strollers, and other supplies necessary!
In a class setting, pregnant women (especially if it’s a class with other pregnant women) can also experience positive effects on their mental and emotional state. Having people to share with is important, as their significant others and friends may not be able to relate, and having people unrelated to ask advice from can also be very beneficial and comforting. Keep in mind that a mixed class, with very young or fit individuals could have a negative impact if there is any self-consciousness with the pregnancy.
There are no two pregnancies alike, so reminding the woman to listen to her own body is key!
I’ve had clients tell me that as a result of training both pre/post-natal they feel physically and mentally stronger.
Their stress level is reduced as they know that what they’re doing is helping themselves and the baby.
They also need a safe place to vent about the struggles and frustrations that can come with being a mom. In a group class they get that from the other participants and from the instructor. At least one person in the class, in no one other than myself, has been through the childbirth (c-section and labor) and parenting before and can offer some levity to what they’re going through. Being pregnant and then the parenting of a little one can be a lonely experience at times.
The classes also offer some of my participants an opportunity to get up, get dressed and get out the door. Sometimes that’s a big enough feat in itself for a new mom! And when the group greets returning members, their faces light up.
I like to provide an opportunity for the moms to chat afterward without feeling like they’ve been rushed out the door. I’ll also offer to have them join me for a walk on the another day at times in the spring or fall. Little ones can be in a stroller or carrier. Getting outside in nature is a natural energy boost! A workout at the park is also another big attendance booster! And they can chat on the walks while they’re working out.