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Experts Corner

Fitness

Fitting in Exercise During the Holidays While Pregnant
By Sara Holliday, MFT, CPT
www.fitbysara.com

Sara Holliday - Fit by SaraQ. I'm so busy with the holidays and tired from being pregnant that I'm having trouble fitting in any exercise. Any suggestions?

A. On top of having the usual fatigue from pregnancy, the holidays can be a stressful time, full of more "to-do's" than usual. Unfortunately, the last "to-do" is often, exercise. The trick to getting motivated to exercise is to reinforce how much better you will feel AFTER exercising. Remind yourself that you'll have more energy and therefore get more done. On top of having more energy, exercise will often help relieve pregnancy pains.

To make sure you get in your exercise, schedule exercise into your week, allotting a minimum of 30-60 minutes of "exercise time" 3-5 times per week. The holidays are the perfect time to take up stress relieving exercise such as walking, yoga, and indoor swimming--all of which will benefit your pregnancy. With these exercises you'll likely experience less muscle pain, potentially easier labor, and quicker bounce back! All the more reason to make exercise a priority.

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