Staying fit with a baby bump!

 As someone who is expecting their first child in June, I can tell you that worrying about fitness during pregnancy can be very stressful. How do I stay fit as my body expands at an incredibly fast pace? What exercises are safe? How much is too much? These are all questions that every expecting mother asks, and the answers aren’t always clear.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who maintained a regular exercise regimen prior to pregnancy should be able to continuing exercising as long as it’s okay with their physician. For women who weren’t regular exercisers before pregnancy, it’s important to take things very slow when starting a pregnancy exercise routine. All women are advised to listen to their bodies when exercising, paying attention to feelings of pain, fatigue and breathlessness. It’s also important to make sure the exercise environment is safe to avoid falling down or injuries.

Of course, everyone should always check with their doctor before beginning a fitness program, especially pregnant women, but if you need a helping hand in deciding how you’re going to stay fit during your pregnancy, check out the list of suggested materials below. Reserve your copy of these, and the many more items in our collection, from your local Santa Clara County Library District branch today!

The Yoga of Pregnancy

The Yoga of Pregnancy (2012)
by Mel Campbell

Focusing on creating a conscious union with the growing baby in utero, this detailed guide introduces a practice of weekly meditations, yoga, and affirmations that reflect the developmental and physiological changes taking place both inside and outside the womb.

Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle Reece: The Complete Fit & Healthy Pregnancy (2008) - DVD

Includes exercises that are safe for women during pregnancy as well as a warm up and cool down. In addition, exercises for women post-pregnancy are offered.

Fit & Firm Pregnancy

Fit & Firm Pregnancy (2006) - DVD

A fitness expert delivers an energy boosting program that focuses on everyday strength, perfect pregnancy posture, and reshaping your after-baby body!

Pilates Pregnancy Guide

Pilates Pregnancy Guide (2006)
by Lynne Robinson

Pilates specializes in building core muscles to create a "girdle of strength." This is important in pregnancy, when the body is under tremendous stress and strain by the added weight and changes in posture. Pilates Pregnancy Guide features a series of exercises tailored to condition these core muscles for a more comfortable pregnancy, an easier labor and a faster recovery.

Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates

Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates (2004) - DVD

Discover how yoga infused Pilates can keep you in shape during your pregnancy. Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Pregnancy is designed to give pregnant women a challenging workout, without compromising safety. This unique workout includes modifications that are appropriate for each trimester. Pregnant woman of all fitness levels will be challenged and motivated by this DVD.

The Active Woman's Guide to Pregnancy

The Active Woman's Guide to Pregnancy (2004)
by Aneema van Groenou

 In The Active Woman's Guide to Pregnancy, Dr. Aneema Van Groenou provides a thorough and accessible guide to practicing safe and healthful outdoors exercise throughout pregnancy. Starting with an overview of the amazing benefits of exercise during pregnancy, Dr. Van Groenou moves on to the myths and risks, then covers gear, warming up, cooling down, and stretches.

Runner's World Guide to Running & Pregnancy

Runner's World Guide to Running & Pregnancy (2003)
by Chris Lundgren

The Runner's World Guide to Running and Pregnancy is a comprehensive look at the how-tos and benefits of running for expectant mothers.

- Hylary L.