We recently overheard someone’s prenatal trainer tell their pregnant client “Don’t bring your knees above your belly” at one of the biggest gym chains in New York City. This gave us the idea to start a series to debunk some of the pregnancy exercise myths floating around in the universe.
Carolina did headstands before pregnancy so she's fine to do them now, right?
Well that depends. Is she properly engaging her TVA and pelvic floor?
THE MYTH: It’s safe to continue doing all the same workouts you did before pregnancy.
Why this myth exists
We hear this advice coming from the media AND our prenatal care practitioners. The media is the media but your Dr or provider should know better, right? Not exactly. It’s not your OB or midwife’s job to make sure you are exercising safely during pregnancy. They have a general knowledge of exercise science and general knowledge says exercise is good for humans and especially great for moms-to-be. Unless there is a medical concern, they want you to keep exercising but they haven’t spent the countless hours geeking out over the science that studies the safest and most efficient way to make that happen…lucky for you, we have!
We always say, just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Your OB or midwife is very good at what they specialized in and so are we! Their recommendation to “continue the same workout you did prior to pregnancy” is coming from a very good place. We want you to continue your favorite workouts as well, but you need to continue doing it with more intention, better posture and a deeper understanding of how to incorporate your entire core from the diaphragm to the pelvic floor. Your comfort during pregnancy and postpartum recovery depend on it. Whether or not you chose to devote your entire pregnancy to FPC workouts or not, it is a good idea to come in for at least a few classes (or check out our online workouts if you can't access the studio) to solidify a safe prenatal exercise practice.
What have you heard? Leave a comment on our Instagram or Facebook and tell us what myths or mysterious exercise advice you’ve received since becoming pregnant and we’ll talk about it in an upcoming post!