Pregnancy Workouts for Couples

You’ve probably been told a time or two by your OBGYN and mom friends that working out during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. Yes, you may need to modify your pregnancy workouts and exclude some potentially dangerous activities for awhile (bye bye bikes, horseback riding and skiing), but exercise during pregnancy offers some amazing health benefits including stress relief, improved flexibility and strength to handle your growing body (which also helps during labor and delivery), and weight management. And you can reap these benefits with your partner in crime! Today we’re exploring pregnancy workouts for couples to keep both you and your hubs in good shape and ready to welcome your sweet new baby.

While you’re carrying the brunt of the body changes during pregnancy, your partner is an integral part of the experience. From helping prepare your home for your baby’s arrival, to supporting your physical and emotional health, dads-to-be are growing and changing in their own ways. Studies have even shown the hormonal shift that occurs in expectant dads during pregnancy resulting in “pregnancy symptoms” for fathers as well. And up to half of men gain weight during their partner’s pregnancy. What better way to combat the bulge than pregnancy workouts for couples?

Especially when you’re pregnant, having a partner around can make working out more enjoyable and safer too. Pregnancy takes a lot of adjustment so it’s hard to know how your body will respond to different exercises during each stage. With your husband around you’ll always have backup should you need a little assistance. Plus you can spend some quality bonding time together before the baby arrives, which may not happen often in just a few months. And of course you’ll both get the physical and mental benefits of working out, made even better by companionship.

Pregnancy Workouts for Couples

Pregnancy Workouts for CouplesWalking: Anything from a stroll to a power walk can make a great pregnancy workout for couples. Find your pace and get moving at least three times a week. Check out different parks and neighborhoods if you’re feeling adventurous, or stick to an indoor track if it makes you more comfortable. Be careful of treadmills and other gym equipment – the rebalance of body weight during pregnancy may have you feeling a little off-kilter. Also avoid rocky areas and steep mountain terrains where you would be more likely to fall.

Swimming: The weightlessness of water submersion can feel so good during pregnancy. You may not have the stamina for endless laps, but do what you can and then do some water calisthenics to round out your workout. The resistance of the water can be a powerful workout without the impact of regular aerobic exercise.

Partner Prenatal Yoga: When your schedules align, practice partner prenatal yoga. This mind-body workout will not only challenge your bodies, but also keep you connected and grounded during this exciting and anxious time in your lives. Partner prenatal yoga consists of pregnancy-safe moves where you and your partner support each other’s weight and help each other stretch. Plus, it incorporates wonderful breathing techniques that may help you during labor and delivery.

Weight Training: Weight training with light hand weights during pregnancy is a fantastic way to pump your heart rate and stay toned. It also allows you and partner to select appropriate weights for your fitness levels and your partner can be close by to ensure you are safe. Try simple arm strengthening moves to hit each upper body muscle group once or twice, and then use weights for resistance during squats, lunges or reclining leg-lifts. Take breaks as needed and unlike your pre-pregnancy workouts, there’s no need to engage your core!

Remember, follow the recommendations of your physician regarding exercise during pregnancy. Only workout to your fitness level and discontinue exercise that causes pain or unusual symptoms.

Also, gear up with a nursing sports bra that will take you from pregnancy through breastfeeding. The comfort and support is unbeatable and you’ll be ready to get back in the swing of exercise once your little one arrives.

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, Parent’s World and Baby Med