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Exercise is important throughout pregnancy, as long as your doctor advises you it is ok, and an important aspect to any exercise program is weight training.  Weight training helps you to build up and tone your muscles and helps to build stamina.  When paired with quality cardio exercise you can really prepare yourself well for labor.

Weight training can be done using equipment at a gym, or resistance bands or free weights at home.  You should take extra care when using free weights to avoid injury from dropping the weights.  Also, remember that during pregnancy your ligaments are looser so don’t over extend your joints.

Always discuss any exercise program with your doctor prior to beginning, even if you were weight training before you got pregnant be sure to discuss it with your doctor to make sure it is ok to continue with your regular routine.

As with any exercise routine be sure you know your limits.  Now is not the time to bulk up.  The idea of weight training during pregnancy is to tone and build stamina.  During your first and third trimesters especially you will find your energy levels are not what you are used to.  If your body is telling you it has had enough, listen to it and stop.

If you are a member of a gym it isn’t a bad idea to work with a trainer the first few times to get some ideas on exercises.  Most gyms will have someone who specializes in prenatal exercises, if your gym does not be sure to tell your trainer that you are pregnant and talk about what types of exercises you should avoid.  Your doctor should be able to advise you on what exercises are ok at the various stages of your pregnancy.  You can also do some research on your own to ensure that you aren’t overdo it.

Here are a few helpful websites.

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