Baby Bumps and Barbells


Yes, you can — and should — exercise during pregnancy. Here’s how to stay fit while keeping your baby (and yourself) safe and healthy.

The research is pretty clear: Exercise during pregnancy offers tons of health benefits to you and your child, both now and down the road. It has been found that pregnant women who maintained physical activity levels gained 20% less weight while pregnant than those who remained inactive.  Moreover, resistance training during pregnancy can substantially reduce maternal weight gain over the course of term. This is significant not only for health during pregnancy but also after childbirth. Being more active before/during your pregnancy has also been shown to accelerate postpartum weight loss.

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common medical complication associated with childbirth, affecting up to 10% of all pregnancies. Compared to inactive women, those who exercise during pregnancy reduce their odds of acquiring GDM by 59%.

Exercise during the course of pregnancy can also help balance out common alterations in mood.

“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”

– Elle Woods “Legally Blonde”

Studies also suggest that prenatal exercise actually can have positive impact on the fetus.

The children of women who perform exercise throughout the term have been found to exhibit signs of heightened attentiveness and discipline. Exercise increases blood volume and nutrient movement which in turn increases fetal nourishment during development.

Bonus:  It has also been found that frequent exercisers experienced a shorter duration of active labor, a reduced incidence of cesarean delivery and shorter hospitalization afterwards.

Next week I will dive straight into How to Safely Maintain an Exercise Regime While Pregnant!

Chat soon 🙂


Meet The Author

Whitney has been working with One to 1 Fitness and Wellness for the past 4 years. Previous to working with One to 1 she was actually utilizing their services to reach her own goals (and still does!). In 2014 she was the winner of the One to 1 Fitness Trainer of the Year and just competed in her third ABBA fitness competition finishing top 10 in her class.
After training as a client at One to 1 for a year and a half (and falling in love with every aspect of her journey) she gained a constant thirst for more knowledge and developed a powerful desire to impact lives the way that hers has been.
The first step in getting anywhere is deciding you are no longer willing to stay where you are!

If you have any topics your would like Whitney to discuss next don’t hesitate to email her at – or visit her at One to 1 Fitness – 403.341.4041