As always, get physician approval for her to continue working out at the same intensity. You may even want to give your client a copy of a workout you’re currently doing so the physician knows what intensity, frequency and duration your client is currently working out at. For most women who become pregnant they can continue to workout at the same intensity.
As her pregnancy progresses, you’ll want to be able to modify her workout. Taking out higher impact exercises for lower impact ones for example. You’ll also want to keep the lines of communication with both her and her physician open through the duration of her pregnancy. You mentioned that she just found out she was pregnant, so she may still be grappling with the fact that she’s pregnant, not wanting her lifestyle to change, not yet experiencing any pregnancy symptoms. That an change quickly. I often ask my pregnant clients how they’re feeling before we start, any adverse effects, how did they tolerate the last workout, how are they sleeping, Eatting, about any info from their last doctors appt., etc. Be prepared to change the workout at any time. The more you know about how they’re handling the changes of pregnancy, the more you’ll e able to help her with her desire to continue working out.
You’ll want to watch her heart rate, be sure she’s not getting over heated and that she’s not overdoing it. Watch flexibility with hormonal changes as women who are pregnant tend to get over flexible in their lower limbs in prep for birth. As someone else mentioned continue to train her core and transverse abdominals as these are important to support the growing weight of the baby.
ACE offers some great prenatal CEUs. A good book is Fit to Deliver by Karen Nordahl (there is also a CEU option with the book).
Good luck! And have fun!
Hi Krista. I’ve answered this question a couple of times on this forum. It’s such an important issue that it bears being repeated as often as the question is raised.
Pregnancies are so very individual. Each one is different for the individual mom, as well as even with the same mom on successive pregnancies. I highly recommend always checking with the mom’s treating physician, and going with their recommendations since they are privy to medical information that we as trainers often are not.
I hope that this helps.
All information I am given is just for educational purpose, I highly recommend you to check with a qualified physician before engaging in any physical activities / Exercise. Exercise is good for mom and unborn baby, it helps to boost energy and also to regulate your mood while your pregnant. It helps to develop unborn baby brain. Here are few recommended exercise for pregnant ladies
2. Yoga and
Bless and be blessed
Tips for exercising safely during the first trimester include:
Stay cool and wear loose-fitting clothing.
Wear well-fitting, supportive, non-slip shoes.
Recognize when to exercise less often or reduce the intensity of exercises.
Set realistic goals and try to stick to them.
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