This is the last of our Functional Training Series with our friends from The Parent Collective. Whether we are carrying bags home from the grocery store or lifting items out of our grocery home delivery boxes, this is a move we find ourselves doing all the time. Learn how to protect your body and gain core strength at the same time!
A woman can not lie on her back during pregnancy.
Why this myth exists
There is a risk of the depression of the vena cava (a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood to the heart) by the weight of the placenta, uterus and baby while on your back during your 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
In a healthy pregnancy, lying on your back for a short period of time, for example, the completion of one exercise, isn’t likely to have any repercussions. In general, we usually don’t put women on their backs during our workouts, but sometimes we may. (For example, pelvic tilts are a great way to release lower back tension!) Your body will let you know long before you are at risk. If you feel faint, lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy, or short of breath, move yourself off your back and on to your side. Once you adjust your position, the symptoms will resolve with no harm to you or your baby.
Last week we talked about why the advice to "continue the same workout you did before pregnancy" wasn't entirely true. This week, we're debunking another common myth during pregnancy.
Prenatal Exercise Myth: You can't get your heart beat above 140bpm’s.
Why this myth exists
The heart rate cap was introduced in 1985 by the ACOG. They based this number on a small amount of research, mostly performed on animals and believed that strenuous exercise could affect the fetal heart rate and birth weight of a baby. Even though they lacked the evidence showing either to be true. This was debunked in 1994 by the ACOG but unfortunately, news doesn’t travel very fast and doctors still tell their patients this today.
One size doesn’t fit all. Women who workout are from all different backgrounds, genetics, fitness levels, and overall levels of health. 140bpm’s on an athlete or woman that pushes her workouts hard does not have the same effect as it does on a woman who has zero to little fitness in her life. That’s why we now use what’s called the “Talk Test” or “Perceived level of exertion”.
The "talk test" being, if you can still talk during a workout and you aren't completely breathless, you are fine to keep pushing.
The "perceived level of exertion" is being able to push yourself up to a 9 on a scale of 1-10. 10 is working to the point of passing out...we never want to go there, but a 9 is completely do-able, even during pregnancy.
We all want our husbands around for a long time so why not give them the gift of health. Our favorite wellness company, Parsley Health, just launched "The Parsley Assessment" which is an easy, low commitment way to explore ways to become a healthier version of yourself. Hopefully this proactive, preventative and cutting-edge care will inspire him to a healthier lifestyle in the new year.
You love your BFF and even if you have agreed on no gifts the Isabella sock from Great Soles make the perfect "no gift gift". She will love it while in pilates or FPC class. We are also obsessed with the Teat & Cosset breastfeeding pajamas. Perfect for pregnancy, nursing AND beyond. Who doesn't love getting luxurious, made-in-Italy sleepwear? As an added perk Teat & Cosset are also offering the FPC community a 20% discount on the entire order. Just use code FPC20 at checkout.
Your mom is always there for you when you need her and works tirelessly in the kitchen to cook you good food, why not give back with a plant-based meal plan from Sakara to kick off 2018? We are personally obsessed with all their snacks and can't stop eating their detox bars and matcha granola.
Now what should you get yourself or ask your loved ones for? Here are our top three picks.
1) The Well + Good 2018 Palm Springs wellness retreat. How does hiking, eating healthy delicious meals, laying by the pool and working out with top fitness professionals for three days sound to you? Well, it sounds like heaven to us! Remember, selfcare is always the best care.
2) A 10-pack of classes to FPC here to make sure you stay healthy, fit and strong in 2018.
3) This Hatch Collection waffle turtleneck. It's the ultimate chic, cozy sweater and perfect for pregnancy and beyond. We suggest pairing with an awesome leather legging like these vegan leather ones.