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January 17, 2013

BELCHER: Training for two

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Over the last few months we’ve had a handful of athletes announce that a little bundle of joy was on the way! Not knowing if they would be able to continue their training while pregnant they came to us with a number of questions. 

To put things in perspective, the athletes at our facility train in a style akin to Olympic or college level competitors, thus an even better reason for them to question if they should continue a training program involving weightlifting, bodyweight/gymnastic movements, and metabolic conditioning (i.e. cardio). 

Realizing that this was something that was not just specific to our gym, we felt it would be good to offer some of the questions, answers, as well as pieces of advice that athletes at our gym and across the country have learned from training while pregnant:

 

“First and foremost, consult your doctor.”

Each person has different physical challenges and will encounter different challenges during their pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before continuing or making changes to your training routine. 

“You don’t have to stop what you’re doing." 

Understand where you’re starting and move forward sensibly. First check with your doctor, but more often than not, you won’t have to resort to nothing but walking and/or riding a recumbent bike. We’ve had several athletes continue their cross training into their third trimester. The key is to keep the conversation open with your physician and understand what movements should be avoided and/or scaled. 

“Your goal should be to facilitate a healthy pregnancy” 

Exercising during your pregnancy is obviously encouraged, but your main goal should be to keep a certain level of fitness to facilitate a healthy pregnancy - not to start a wild new exercise program or to start setting PRs (personal records) with your current training.   

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