Fitness

How to Build a Strong Core during Pregnancy

How to Build a Strong Core during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an especially important time to strengthen and support the core, but probably not in the ways that traditionally come to mind. Appropriate and proper core training during pregnancy typically won’t include sit-ups, crunches or lots of planking.

When we talk about strengthening the core, we are referring not just to the abs or that six pack, but to all the stabilizers and muscles that produce movement from the shoulders to the pelvis stabilizing our spine and allow it to move optimally.

Weekly Workouts: 34 & 35 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 34 & 35 Weeks Pregnant

It’s the final countdown! Kind of. I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is flying by. I also feel like I’ve been pregnant for a million years.

This baby is taking up any and all extra room and clearly using my bladder as a pillow and gallbladder as a kick-boxing bag. It’s cute. In that not cute way.

I’d be lying if I wasn’t vying for the days of pre-pregnancy workouts that leave you feeling sore and accomplished…

Weekly Workouts: 32 & 33 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 32 & 33 Weeks Pregnant

These last few weeks have been full of anxiety around the future, mindset work, and shifting energy. Now more than ever, I’m incredibly thankful for the time I can spend moving my body and connecting my breath. Sometimes that looks like a series of functional progressions and other times it looks like sled pulls and bike sprints. Both have been cathartic in this time of flux.

Weekly Workouts: 30 & 31 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 30 & 31 Weeks Pregnant

I am all of the sudden feeling the drain of the 3rd trimester. Longing for 7pm bedtimes has become the norm the last two weeks. I’ve officially declared: if its not on my calendar, it’s not happening before the baby arrives.

Workouts are slowing down and shifting towards more intentional movement for longer periods. As you can see, I’m really loving EMOMs right now. They seem to be the perfect way for me to sustain a 20+ minute workout and pace myself well enough with rest and intentional breathing.

Guide to Exercising: First Trimester

Guide to Exercising: First Trimester

I see most pregnant clients go one of two ways when approaching exercise during pregnancy.

  1. Become overly cautious and stop their exercise routine entirely.

  2. Throw caution to the wind and exercise at a high-intensity through the very end.

Now I vote for a happy medium. Some routines will need to be put on hold for a bit. But movement and training is an important part of your prenatal care routine.