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!
Most pregnancies are healthy. We used to treat pregnant mothers as fragile creatures. Within the last few decades, the ACOG underscored its position that pregnancy is a modified state of health and that exercise is encouraged during pregnancy.
That said, I’ve had two miscarriages myself, thus tend to agree with Karin that you should not train her until she has clearance from her physician.