Exercise During Pregnancy: How Much is too Much?

Q. I am a pretty fit person (I run, I do Pilates, etc.) but in all of my pregnancies I have toned down my workouts while pregnant, in large part because running just isn’t comfortable. But, I’ve noticed a lot of pregnant women continuing very rigorous exercise (boot-camp-style classes) throughout most of their pregnancy. What is the general thinking on this? Is it safe to continue with a high-intensity workout, or should women be toning it down? Is the risk to the unborn child or to the body of the woman carrying the child? – Clara Q. I’m hoping that in one of your future blogs you can address the topic of exercise. What is forbidden and what isn’t? How much exercise is too much? I ask this because I am an avid runner. When I was pregnant with my first child, ...

For the social athlete: Win an Apera Sports Bag worth $131

**CONTEST CLOSED** Yeah, you need another bag. Simple, sleek and uncomplicated, Apera’s new PureSport Sling Tote is my new go-to bag for the car with the kiddos. I know, it’s supposed to be a gym bag for the “social athlete” but it rocks for the car and children. With ample space for clothes, shoes, water bottles and easy-to-reach pockets for snacks, this bag stores all of my random necessities in an accessible location for the car. What’s even better, the entire bag is antimicrobial, waterproof and comes with a small washable insert, extremely important for car trips when a rogue coffee spill might encounter the bag or a child’s juice cup with no lid. These things happen.

The Bar Method – Try it for FREE!

When I told my husband that I’d been invited to try a new exercise routine at a new studio in Boulder, he was supportive. “It’s called The Bar Method, and I signed up for a Saturday morning class…so I’ll need you to watch Claire,” I said. He got a funny look on his face and started laughing. “Isn’t it a little early to start drinking?” he asked. His question made me laugh out loud. “Oh! No! It’s not a BAR. It’s the bar METHOD…like with a bar ballet dancers use,” I said. He asked me what all was involved, besides using heavier Margarita glasses, and I laughed again. I told him I had no idea, but that I was excited to find out. Back in March, I’d started a new exercise routine called The 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels and had great results. (You can click here to read a...