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The Best Online Prenatal Workouts for Active Moms-to-Be

 

It’s important to stay fit during your pregnancy, but with the pandemic to contend with there’s also a sudden lack of exercise options due to gyms and yoga and pilates studios having been shut down. But that doesn’t mean you should hunker down on your couch and do nothing. That’s right, there are now tons of online prenatal workouts that will allow you to stay healthy and fit during pregnancy (and beyond). It’s also important to note that no matter your fitness level, always check with your doctor before starting – or continuing – a prenatal workout routine.

In the first trimester, when most of your baby’s foundation is being laid, it’s particularly important to be gentle with yourself. In the second trimester you might want to avoid things like laying flat on your back for too long (a work-around is using a pillow to elevate your hips slightly to relieve some pressure). Again, consulting with your doctor is critical. It’s also important to dispel the myth that wearing a heart rate monitor is critical across the board. For decades many experts recommended a heart rate of no more than 140 beats a minute for exercise during pregnancy (and many still needlessly recommend this), but the latest research shows that this heart rate limit is not particularly relevant. A good rule of thumb: you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. If you become breathless as you talk, you should probably ease up. 

Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here’s a look at some of the best virtual prenatal workouts to keep you feeling strong, healthy and confident throughout your pregnancy.  

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