The Fit Skool

by Kelly

The benefits of exercise during MY pregnancy


MY TRUTH: about exercising during pregnancy.

There’s no hiding it, I was born to exercise!  Whether it’s playing sports, teaching classes, lifting weights, walking the dog.. there’s something about exercise that I can’t live without. When I got pregnant I knew I wasn’t going to be that person who has excuses why they are avoiding exercise. I constantly had people telling me to be careful (like I was doing something wrong) and telling me not to over exercise while I was pregnant. Sure I cut back in the first trimester out of nervousness, but then I realized on the days I exercised I felt better, I had better energy, and I felt like my normal self. The days I didn’t exercise I felt low on energy and my mood was completely different.

Being pregnant doesn’t mean I am incapable of doing the things like laundry, grocery shopping, & cleaning the house.  I continued with all my normal daily tasks as well as continuing teaching fitness classes and training my clients with no problems. My approach to everything was a little different.  I was cautious about the weights I was lifting, how high my heart rate went, I took rest days when needed, I made sure to drink lots of water, and most importantly I listened to my body. If something didn’t feel right or comfortable I didn’t do it.

Each pregnancy is different and what worked for me may be totally different then someone else. I feel fortunate that I had a great experience and I owe it to exercise … it truly helped make this pregnancy a beautiful experience.

How exercise helped me during my pregnancy:

  1. Increased energy
  2. Normal blood pressure
  3. I had NO swelling
  4. I slept better
  5. Stronger abdominal muscles
  6. I had an easy labor and delivery
  7. Steady healthy weight gain
  8. Little to no daily stress
  9. My aches and pains were limited
  10. I had no pregnancy complications or complications during delivery


How exercise helped Baby Ava:

  1. She was a healthy weight when she was born
  2. She was super healthy at birth and according to the doctors they couldn’t find a single thing wrong with her
  3. She is very alert IMG_2114
  4. She feeds and sleeps well


Here is an interesting article about how Mother’s exercise may boost baby’s brain It is a very great read!

Question of the day: Did you exercise during your pregnancy?? If you did, how did you feel and did it help?

Disclaimer: before beginning a new exercise program consult your doctor or physician.

Author: Kelly @ The Fit Skool

I’m Kelly, a NASM personal trainer and group instructor, a former athlete, a wife and soon to be mommy. Health and Fitness is my passion and I am excited to share this journey with you!


  1. So so true! I got a lot of negative comments or people who were in disbelief that I was still very “able” towards the end of my pregnancy. But I felt absolutely fine! I owe most of that to continuous exercise. And it also helped with limited weight gain which always a plus!

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