Exercise during pregnancy can be safe, effective, and fun. Research has shown that strength training has numerous benefits that offer short- and long-term benefits to both the fetus and the mother. However, the expectant mother’s changing body can create some unique postural and muscular imbalances. Mom’s in Motion Strength presents an overview of common postural imbalances as well as details safe and balanced exercises that can assist health/fitness professionals in customizing a program that can go a long way in achieving better results from an exercise program during pregnancy and beyond. Learn about health risks due to lack of physical activity, ACOG guidelines, core training during pregnancy, diastisis recti, abdominal training options and compensations.
Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, C.S.C.S. is an international fitness educator, twice published author (Human Kinetics) and 30-year fitness industry veteran. Irene is faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and SCW Fitness. She is the Education Director for Octane Fitness, an Orangetheory Fitness coach and a RYKA Fitness Ambassador. Irene contributes to several fitness and consumer publications, is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for ACE and NASM, an IDEA Fitness Expert, and contributing author to the newest release of the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Manual. Irene holds positions on the advisory board for Diabetic Living magazine and the Egg Nutrition Council. Irene has starred in dozens of DVD's, has written 13 fitness instructional manuals (pre-natal, water fitness, small group training, kids fitness, HIIT program design, strength training, group exercise, etc.) and is a master trainer for TRX, Savvier Fitness, Power Systems, SCW Fitness Education, JumpSport and KnotOut. Her primary certifications include NSCA, ACE, ACSM, AEA, AFAA and YogaFit. ... read more.