Working out lower body!

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Sarah posted this 30 May 2019

hi ladies!! i am due in November and things are slowly starting to become more tiring. I was super active and am trying to remain active but I'm def not as consistent as i was. That being said, I am making it a point to get my butt to the gym 3-4x per week. When working lower body, what was comfortable and uncomfortable for you all? I still like hip thrusts and am thinking of placing weight more on upper thighs. Lunges hurt my knees as my joints/ligaments are all silly now bcuz hormones. Looking for any tips/suggestions for keeping lower body in good shape! 

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Dorissa posted this 04 June 2019

Definitely work on your glutes and pelvic muscles. That's what will take the biggest hit after pregnancy (at least for me). My glutes, quads, and pelvic muscles were so weak that it really messed up my knees! Also, good for you for staying active! 

Megan posted this 03 June 2019

Listen to your body and your doctor!  Different women can handle different amounts of exercise in pregnancy depending on their individual needs and how much they worked out before becoming pregnant. It's great to stay active, just make sure to be safe! Good luck to you!

Sammy posted this 01 June 2019

Hip thrusts can definitely be done safely throughout pregnancy. Just shift the weight lower so it's on upper thighs. Check out Bret Contreras, he has vids of him training pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy up to 9 months! I still did kettlebell swings until my belly got in the way. Incline walking is great. Romanian deadlifts. Conventional or sumo depending on comfortability. Girl if you were lifting before keep it up with your docs approval! It feels so empowering to be active during pregnancy and is beyond great for you AND BABY  

Carrie posted this 31 May 2019

i LOVE prenatal yoga and pilates!

Kira posted this 31 May 2019

I am a dietitian and strength and conditioning coach, and have worked with special populations such as expectant mothers. I can tell you first hand that most(not all) OB/GYN do NOT have extensive background in either nutrition, exercise physiology, or anything of the sort. They are only required to take a few hours in their studies.

That being said, most do not keep up to date on the most recent and most peer-reviewed studies. It is so necessary for moms-to-be to remain active especially if you were already active. I'd not recommend starting a new strenuous program if you've never worked out before, but SOMETHING is better than nothing. An evening walk, yoga, light weight lifting if you've never done any or even just bodyweight exercises - it's all so helpful for you, baby, and giving birth.

This obviously does not include moms with special medical conditions! 

Sarah posted this 31 May 2019

I have lifted weights and been an athlete my entire life, there is no reason to get lazy just because I am pregnant. I feel really good and the doc said as long as I feel good, keep it up. Another reason is that it MENTALLY helps me beyond belief and makes me happy. If you don't agree with exercise during pregnancy then that's fine, but I am looking for some help from women who've had success in their workout programs while expecting, thank you ladies 

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Lucia posted this 31 May 2019

If she was active before her pregnancy and has no medical issues, there's no reason for her to not continue working out. Obviously it wouldn't be quite as hard, but she can still make progress. I was extremely thankful I got to continue working out through my other pregnancies as it made labor so much easier and I felt strong! Unless there's a medical condition going on, there's no reason to stop working out as long as you make sure you're listening to your body. The whole "don't do anything" is so outdated and unsafe. WORK IT GIRL

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Hannah posted this 31 May 2019

Now is the time to take it easier, not adding more and doing weights! It's awesome you are getting to the gym that much! But don't put your body under any unnecessary stress <3 

Dania posted this 31 May 2019

Please do all excercises under the supervision of an instructor especially so during pregnancy.