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Fit4Baby®

Pregnancy is the perfect time to commit to you and your baby's health! Exercise is an important component to your pregnant well being, as well as your strength as a new mom.

Fit4Baby® is a program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. These classes exclusively focus on pregnant moms! Regular activity such as Fit4Baby® classes can help to reduce many maternal aches and pains, increase energy during pregnancy and may speed the labor, delivery and recovery process. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), exercise is just as important during pregnancy as any other time of life.

We train and certify our Fit4Baby® instructors so they are fully equipped to lead pregnant woman in exercises that are safe and appropriate for her changing body. Fit4Baby® classes are interval based, combining elements of strength training, cardiovascular exercises and stretching and balancing exercises. Our classes are an excellent addition to a mom's prenatal yoga program.

We encourage each member of any FIT4MOM® program to seek a physician's approval before starting any exercise program. Fit4Baby®: helping soon-to-be mothers find the STRENGTH FOR MOTHERHOOD!

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The Myths and Facts of Prenatal Fitness

MYTH: You shouldn't workout during pregnancy if you were not previously engaged in an exercise program prior to becoming pregnant

  • ACSM states a healthy woman may continue with her regular exercise regimen or begin a new program during pregnancy.
  • If you have not exercised prior, start slow and build up gradually.
  • Consistency is most important.

FACT: Exercise may prevent gestational diabetes

  • Exercise has an insulin like effect on the muscles causing blood sugar levels to drop.
  • 3-5% of pregnant women will get Gestational Diabetes.
  • REGULAR exercise is one of the most important factors in prevention!
  • Small meals, include protein, reduce sugars.

MYTH: You should cut back exercise in the last trimester

  • You might cut down the intensity, but you should remain consistent.
  • It's important to continue at a similar RPE throughout the pregnancy.

MYTH: Pregnant women should not exercise more than three times per week

  • ACOG recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily, with doctor approval.
  • ACSM recommends 5 or more days per week.

MYTH: You must keep your Heart Rate under 140 bpm (beats per minute)

  • This is not a recommendation on the current guidelines.
  • This old recommendation was removed as a guideline in 1994.
  • Use Rate of Perceived Exertion / Modified Borg Scale.
  • ACOG recommends mild to moderate workout.

FACT: With a few exceptions, you can participate in any sports while pregnant that you did before

  • You can continue past sports if you listen to your body.
  • Avoid contact sports.
  • Avoid exercises with risk of falling.
  • Non-weight bearing exercise is likely to be more comfortable.

MYTH: Kegels are not necessary if you are going to have a Cesarean

  • Most pelvic floor damage is caused during pregnancy.
  • Cesarean patients still complain of urinary incontinence.

FACT: Absolute Reasons to NOT Exercise During Pregnancy

  • Significant heart disease
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Multiple gestation at risk of premature labor
  • Persistent second or third trimester bleeding
  • Placenta previa after 28 weeks of gestation
  • Premature labor during current pregnancy
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Preeclampsia/pregnancy induced hypertension

FACT: Warning Signs to Stop Exercise During Pregnancy

  • Bleeding
  • Dyspnea (labored respiration) prior to exertion
  • Premature labor
  • Dizziness
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Feeling unusually tired
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Calf pain or swelling
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Amniotic fluid leakage

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