I have a client who just found out she’s pregnant (about 3-4 weeks along). She’s been working with me twice a week for 45 minutes. She’s really built herself up to moderate-intense sessions every other week, so I think I can keep her working at a similar level, just slightly less intense. I mostly do circuit training with her, and from what I’ve read she should be able to keep that up with obvious modifications as the baby grows. Any suggestions for long-term pregnancy programming? This is my first one, so I want to know as much as I can!
the first thing you need is a physician’s approval now. In all likelihood, she can continue to work out with the obvious modifications that are required in the later stages of the pregnancy.
Pregnancies, however, can be tricky business. She knows already very early that she is pregnant. Unfortunately, there is a significant risk of miscarriage in the first weeks, and you want to avoid even the hint of an appearance that your exercise had anything to do with it.