If you are pregnant and want to avoid gaining too much weight and becoming out of shape during your pregnancy, the obvious thing to do is exercise and to eat right. Besides that, it’s healthier for you and more importantly, for the baby. However, there are certain limitations and cautions you need to take when you are pregnant and exercising. There are also specific exercises you need to perform and specific exercises you need to avoid after you have the baby (postnatal.) A certified personal trainer without a specific certification in pre and post natal fitness may not be familiar with this.
You can either (1) do the research yourself or (2) hire a specialty trainer in pre and post natal fitness. Why go the route of “specialty” trainer? Because, our regular run of the mill trainers are not generally taught the specific modifications to make for pre and post natal clients. I know this firsthand, because I have a 4 year college degree in Exercise Science along with top of the line certifications. The pre and post natal education we receive does not do our clients justice.
When searching for a trainer during your pregnancy and in the postnatal time, look for someone with a college education, a broad personal training certification and a specific certification for pre and post natal fitness. These trainers may or may not charge more money for their specialty. I train pre and post natal women along with men, children, athletes, and post-rehab clients and I charge the same amount regardless of everybody’s situation. Do the research, find someone knowledgeable and credible and it will pay off.
Another cost-efficient option would be to purchase prenatal DVDs and workout videos. You won’t get the same one on one attention, but it will be better than doing no exercise at all 🙂 Here is a link to purchase the Tracey Anderson prenatal series if interested:Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project
If you are in the Miami area and would like to train with me, you can contact me here.