Your journey through a comfortable, safe, and confident pregnancy begins with Pregnancy Fitness. This practical guide answers your questions and delivers the information, exercises, and workouts you need to maintain your personal fitness and enjoy the best possible experience in welcoming your baby to the world.
Written by three experts in prenatal and postpartum fitness, pelvic floor exercise, and core restoration, Pregnancy Fitness covers all physical and physiological aspects of pregnancy, birth, and recovery so you can enjoy peace of mind throughout your pregnancy and long after delivery.
You’ll get complete need-to-know information about hormones, body and posture changes, and common pregnancy aches and pains, along with critical information on diastasis recti and pelvic floor health, which aims to support and protect your body from core dysfunction.
A full spectrum of stretching, strengthening, and functional exercises provides the focus, description, safety tips, and variations that allow you to progress safely through your pregnancy and to be physically prepared for birth and optimal recovery. The sample workout programs guide you through each phase of pregnancy, including postpartum, to help you establish and meet your personal fitness goals with comfort and confidence.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Pregnancy Fitness Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Pregnancy Fitness With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
Table of Contents
Part I. Understanding Your Body Through Pregnancy
Chapter 1. Effects of Pregnancy
Chapter 2. Get Fit for Birth
Chapter 3. The Pelvic Floor: The Foundation of the Core
Chapter 4. The Abdominals: During Pregnancy and Beyond
Part II. Exercises to Prepare and Recover From Birth
Chapter 5. Stretch and Release Work
Chapter 6. Strengthening the Core
Chapter 7. Strength and Endurance for the Upper Body
Chapter 8. Strength and Endurance for the Lower Body
Chapter 9. Functional Movement for Motherhood
Part III. Sample Programs for Each Phase of Pregnancy
Chapter 10. Choosing Your Program and Level of Fitness
Chapter 11. First Trimester Workouts
Chapter 12. Second Trimester Workouts
Chapter 13. Third Trimester Workouts
Chapter 14. Fourth Trimester Workouts
“Pregnancy Fitness will help you stay fit and feel your best throughout your pregnancy. After the blessed event, the advice offered here will ensure your healthy post-pregnancy return.”
Tosca Reno, BSc, BEd
New York Times–Best Selling Author and Creator of the Eat Clean® Diet
“If you are pregnant or work with pregnant women, this is a MUST READ!”
Owner of 3-2-1 Fitness and Nutrition, Fitness Expert, and Celebrity Trainer
“This is the only book you’ll need if you are thinking about getting pregnant, are pregnant, or are looking to get back in shape after delivery. Packed with expert advice and plenty of stretching, strengthening, and functional exercises for every trimester, you’ll feel and look great throughout each trimester and beyond.”
TV Host and Producer, Huffington Post Blogger, and Mother of Two
“Great information from genuine experts in their field! Truly useful evidence-based guidance for women exercising and staying active during pregnancy, with a focus on core and pelvic floor health and function. This is practical, educational, and truly functional information. A great book for all women wanting to stay active and strong during pregnancy and beyond.”
Founder of MUTU System
ExcerptsExercise guidelines by trimester
Preventing pelvic floor dysfunction
Train the core with core breath