It's easy to slack off on exercise when you're expecting, but the benefits are too good to ignore. You'll sleep better, suffer less back pain, and stave off excess pregnancy weight gain. There's someone else who may benefit from those prenatal gym sessions too: your baby.
Scientists from the University of Montreal found that when women exercised during pregnancy, their babies had more brain activity within the first few days of their birth. So, will prenatal exercises guarantee you a baby genius? Not necessarily. The researchers emphasize that brain activity is not synonymous with intelligence. To determine that connection, they plan on following up with the babies as infants and measuring their cognitive development.
OB-GYNs generally advise women to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle when pregnant. Yet there's been an online firestorm of critics questioning Lea-Ann Ellison's wisdom after she posted a photo of herself on Facebook doing CrossFit while eight months pregnant.
Ellison says she consulted with her doctor before embarking on her exercise regimen, and Obstetrician Brittany Stofko of Penn Medicine says women who have exercised before they become pregnant, as Ellison did, usually can maintain their workout routine at the same level throughout pregnancy.
To find out how Ellison has responded to her critics, read the whole story on Huffington Post.
We're still in shock over Kerri Walsh's news that she was five weeks pregnant when she won her third gold medal. While doctors do not usually advocate such an intense exercise regime for expectant mamas, they do recommend remaining active to maintain prebaby strength, prepare for labor, and keep the heart healthy.
So though the idea of sitting down and eating bonbons sounds wonderful, moms-to-be know they need to get up off the couch and get moving. No one knows this more than expectant celebs who often subscribe to strict exercise routines when not expecting. Though they may tone down their regimens, they're not giving them up completely! See how 11 celeb moms-to-be kept fit during pregnancy.
Fashion comes and goes, but every woman has her own sense of style, regardless of the trends. That's why I was struck by some comments I heard on the Today show this morning during a segment with Tracy Anderson and Molly Sims. The two women — who both have 4-month-old tots at home — appeared on the show to promote Anderson's new prenatal exercise video.
As you may recall, Anderson got herself into a bit of hot water last month when she suggested that many women use pregnancy as nine months to indulge, rather than take care of their bodies. On the show today she clarified that statement, and Sims talked about the pressure to look good right after having a baby. She said that her new "boho chic" style has received some press coverage but insinuated that it really is just a tactic for covering up the baby weight. Whether it was to hide the baby weight or to accommodate a new work situation, did your style change after pregnancy?
Appearing on the Today show this morning, Walsh and her husband, Casey Jennings, who are already parents to Joey, 3, and Sundance, 2, announced the news. They also shared that she was feeling unusually moody in London, and her volleyball partner, Misty May-Treanor, suggested that she may be pregnant.
I thought it could have been the stress of the Games, and travel kind of throws your schedule off, but I knew. At some point, you're late and then you start feeling something. And I definitely started feeling something in London.
Though she didn't know it at the time, Walsh wasn't the only expectant mama at the Games. Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, a Malaysian shooter competing in the 10-meter air rifle was 35 weeks along when she arrived at her event, making her the "most pregnant woman in Olympic history." But unbeknownst to Walsh, she became the first pregnant woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal! Who says you can't exercise while pregnant!
Yoga is a great way to work out when you're pregnant. It strengthens the body for birth while also stretching the tight trouble zones often associated with pregnancy. Yoga also helps expectant mothers connect with their breath, an important part of managing labor. Try this 10-minute yoga sequence to stretch out your back and hips, created and led by YAS yoga instructor Amanda Cosindas. You'll feel energized and relaxed afterward.
Yoga is a great way to work out when you're pregnant. It strengthens the body for birth while also stretching the tight muscles often associated with pregnancy. Yoga also helps expectant mothers connect with their breath, an important part of managing labor. Try this 10-minute yoga series, created and led by YAS yoga instructor Amanda Cosindas. It works the legs and opens the hips — just what pregnant women need!