TwoFit is a special approach to the fitness needs of women during and after pregnancy. Women who exercise often have fewer complications than those who do little or no exercise. Staying in shape helps keep up your stamina during labor. Afterward, the more muscle mass you have, the quicker you’ll regain your pre-pregnancy shape.
Exercise during pregnancy is healthy for most women, but no pregnant woman should begin an exercise program without her doctor’s approval. Your individual fitness program is approved by your doctor and supervised by Shannon Health Club personnel with special training in fitness for women during pregnancy and after delivery.
Staying in shape will help you keep up your stamina during labor. Afterward, the more muscle mass you have, the quicker you’ll regain your pre-pregnancy shape. A pregnant woman should exercise at least three times a week for 20 minutes or more; however, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Walking, swimming, riding a stationary bicycle and water aerobics are excellent exercise choices for a pregnant woman.
- Exercises that require jerky, bouncy movements and being outside in hot weather are not good choices.
- Don’t try deep knee bends, toe touches, sit-ups or any exercise that requires you to lie on your back after the first trimester.
- Avoid downhill skiing, rock climbing and horseback riding.
- Avoid prolonged periods of motionless standing.
- Wear a supportive bra and properly fitting athletic shoes while exercising.
- Stop if you feel dizzy, faint, overheated or in pain.
- Drink plenty of water.
The OB concierge at Shannon Health is a personal consultant who is there for you every step of the way — from helping you create a personalized birthing plan to offering free childbirth classes.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.