Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? Get the Answer and other answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
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1. How soon after I have my baby is it safe to exercise?
Around 6 weeks postpartum you will have a follow up appointment with your OB. At that time, your doctor should give you clearance to resume exercise if you are ready. Your Dr. will let you know also if it is safe to exercise during pregnancy.
2. Why are Coremom classes safer than traditional exercise classes for new mothers or pregnant women?
Coremom classes are safer and more effective for new mothers and pregnant women because our trainers are all pre and postnatal certified. These instructors understand which exercises should be avoided and which exercises actually benefit this population and make pregnancy symptoms and childbirth easier, and recovery faster.
3. What exercises should I avoid right after having my baby?
Many new mothers want to target their abdominal muscles right away after giving birth. This is the most obvious area affected by pregnancy. There is a safe way to approach this gentle rehabilitation of the muscles. Do not rush into any exercise program that includes abdominal exercises like abdominal crunches or prolonged planking. Avoid exercises where there is sudden twisting or jumping, especially for the first 3 months post pregnancy.
4. My doctor told me I have Diastasis Recti, what does that mean and is it safe to exercise?
Diastasis Recti or “DR” is a condition where the connective tissue (lines alba) that brings both sides of the abdominals together, separates causing a “bulge” in the middle of the abdomen. The answer is “yes” you should exercise to help remedy the separation. We will test you for DR and all of our classes will include exercises designed to rehabilitate the DR and close the gap.
5. If I have never exercised before is it safe to start while I am pregnant.
Exercising prior and during pregnancy is ideal to build strength before your body undergoes significant physical and physiological changes, however, it is recommended by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to exercise during pregnancy barring any existing medical issues or pregnancy contraindications. Click the link For more information. https://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Physical-Activity-and-Exercise-During-Pregnancy-and-the-Postpartum-Period
6. What are some benefits to exercise during pregnancy?
Exercise during pregnancy has many benefits. The first one being consistent exercise reduces pregnancy induced symptoms like nausea, constipation, fatigue, sciatica, and DR. Second, consistent exercise helps women control their weight gain and bloods sugar levels during pregnancy making them less likely to develop gestational diabetes. Third, women are more likely to have an easier delivery and recovery as a result of consistent exercise. Finally, exercise improves womens mental state and hormonal regulation by reducing the chance of depression during and after childbirth.
7. What are some benefits of small group exercise classes for new mothers?
Being a new mom is a complete change for all women where they have to adjust to a new way of life around baby’s needs and schedule. Going though 9 months of pregnancy and childbirth is traumatic on the body and requires gentle affective exercises to help a woman lose the pregnancy weight, become stronger and function better as a mother. Engaging in regular exercise classes with other mothers is also therapeutic for many mothers. The ability to exercise amongst women who are going through similar issues, helps add support to many mothers. Also, most classes are baby friendly, so this gives moms one less thing to worry about with childcare for their infant.
8. What if my baby cries during class?
I always reassure women, that babies will cry during class and as we are all mothers, everyone is always sympathetic. The instructors are trained to help calm and soothe the baby so the mother can exercise. It is recommended you bring a stroller, car seat, blanket and a any carrier to class. Don’t forget a bottle, pacifier or toys to help make your baby comfortable. Generally, babies are really easy going in class and are either sleeping or distracted by the stimulation of the other babies.
9. How big are the small group exercise classes?
Small group exercise class sizes range form 5 to 14 ladies depending on the format of the class.
10. Do you have classes for moms who work full time?
Classes are offered every day of the week (including weekends). Most classes are late morning to lunchtime. If these times are not suitable to your schedule, private training offers more flexibility in scheduling. We are always open to adding classes at additional times, of there is enough interest (at least 4-5 people).
11. What is the recommended postpartum period for the mommy classes?
The postpartum period according to World Health organization is only 6 weeks long. This is the time it takes women just to recover from pregnancy. Changes occur in the body for up to 12 months after delivery depending on nursing and other factors. Some women take classes all the way up to 24 months post pregnancy because they enjoy the level of intensity and connection. Babies from 6 weeks to mobile babies (8-9 months) are welcome in class. Mothers are always welcome without babies if they prefer.
12. What is the difference between private training and small group training?
Small group training gives moms the ability to exercise in a group of other moms at set times in a variety of formats throughout the week. Private training is more personalized where the client meets individually with the trainer so the trainer has the ability to customize the workout based on clients goals and needs. Private training offers more flexibility with scheduling and includes a nutrition program to help expedite results. Included at the end of each training session is a manual stretching /corrective exercises to again assist in recovery. Depending on your availability or budget, small group training or private training might be better suited for you