We are living in enlightened times. We no longer accept the notion that pregnancy is a burden that requires total confinement and inactivity. New studies show that exercise and pregnancy actually complement each other and allow a woman to be "feto-protective." Today there's no stopping a pregnant woman from staying in top physical shape throughout her pregnancy! Expecting Fitness: How to Modify and Enjoy Your Exercise Program Throughout Your Pregnancy by Birgitta Gallo with Sheryl Ross, M.D., goes into all of this and more.
This book is for any woman contemplating pregnancy, or who is already pregnant and has questions or hesitations about exercise at this special time in her life. It is designed to be as comprehensive as possible, covering everything you need to know to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. It includes exercise and nutritional guidelines, information on the changes the pregnant body goes through, answers to many pregnancy-related questions and much more.
The benefits of exercise during pregnancy are enormous. They include increased energy levels, reduced pregnancy discomfort, fewer delivery complications, shorter labor, and a speedier recovery. Exercise will give you better control of your pregnant body because a strong and fit body can better support the growth and changes. Exercising during pregnancy also helps circulation, relieves tension, and helps with balance and coordination. But most importantly, the baby will derive substantial health benefits as well.
This is an illuminating, liberating, and exciting work that exercises a woman's right to stay healthy and fit, no matter what changes her body is going through.
Birgitta Gallo is a personal trainer specializing in pre- and postnatal fitness. She worked with Jane Seymour's pregnancy with twins. Sheryl Ross, M.D. is the OB/GYN who referred Ms. Seymour to Brigitta. As Ms. Seymour states in her foreword, she felt and looked normal only six months after her delivery.
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