Training Through Pregnancy

Continuing a fitness routine when you are pregnant is not only possible, but extremely beneficial. Not only will it help you maintain a healthy weight, it can also help prepare your body for the rigors of childbirth and for healing afterwards.

When my client Amanda (pictured here at 27 weeks) happily announced her pregnancy I wondered if I wouldn't see her for another year or so, but exactly the opposite has happened! I have continued to train Amanda in the gym throughout her pregnancy, and though we’ve adapted some exercises she has continued to maintain her strength, endurance and core stability.

Using a split routine we train upper body on one day and lower body on another. We have continued with exercises such as squats, deadlifts, press ups and overhead pressing and have adapted them to suit Amanda’s changing weight and body-shape. So the weights may be slightly lower than she was lifting pre-pregnancy, but the number of reps has increased ensuring she still gets a thorough and challenging workout.

If you are used to lifting weights then adapting exercises slightly means you can still maintain your routine. However I would always consult your doctor first and would not advise starting to lift heavy weights if you haven’t done so pre-pregnancy.