One of the most common questions we’re getting is, “Can you do this program while you’re pregnant,” or, “What parts of the program should you do while you’re pregnant?”
That’s a great question. There are some things that you want to focus on. If you have been active, especially up to pregnancy, you really can safely continue in that activity level. Obviously, there will be some modifications and changes.
Some organizations say absolutely not to exercise past week 12 on your back because the weight of your uterus puts pressure on a major vein called the vena cava, which can reduce blood flow to your heart and may diminish blood flow to your brain and uterus.
Other organizations say there is no data to support that for women who don’t experience symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. I think that most lying exercises are safe until week 16, and then switch any exercise that is lying down into a seated or standing posture if possible. For example, doing the pelvic floor contraction exercises can be helpful and performed in a seated or standing position!
If you feel light headed, dizzy, or uncomfortable, try changing positions or skipping that exercise, regardless of your week!
Of course, always consult with your doctor or midwife, because every situation is different.
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