Some women have trained for marathons while pregnant; others have recently gained national attention for lifting heavy weights while expecting. Exercise is an important part of staying healthy while pregnant, but how do you know if you're overdoing it?
At 15 weeks pregnant, KELOLAND’s Casey Wonnenberg is a little apprehensive about working out too much. That's why she decided to seek the help of a pregnancy fitness coach.
"It's very good for us to workout when we are pregnant," Sanford Pregnancy Fitness Coach Shelly Hoefs said.
Hoefs specializes in exercise for those who are expecting and says working out can maintain our energy level and improve our mood.
"We are also preparing for one of the toughest things we are going to do in our life - delivering a baby - and then that recovery afterwards and being able to carry the baby and the car seat and do life," Hoefs said.
Hoefs says certain exercises will prepare women for those tasks, including lunges, planks and squats. She recommends exercising 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
"Walking 30 minutes a day and swimming are great. Also you can continue to do strengthening exercises. Strengthen that core, so we have good posture. Our shoulders are relaxed. We don't have as much lower back pain or we can help control it a little bit," Hoefs said.
But if you haven't been lifting weights, you'll want to start slowly with light weights. You also want to make sure you don't overdo it and possibly harm you or your baby's health.
"If someone has been running, I've heard of people who have trained for marathons during their pregnancy, but do what's right for your body and your baby and be in contact with your physician," Hoefs said.
To follow Casey on her pregnancy journey, visit her Facebook page.
The pregnancy personal fitness coaches are new to Sanford. You can have your own personal session or take part in group sessions with other moms-to-be. Find more information online.