Here's why: When you exercise during pregnancy, you must account for form and aim for endurance. During birth, every single muscle in your body will contract to bring your babyinto this world and it will contract again and again for a long time. The best thing you can do is make your body as strong as possible. However, you need to take care that your form and body alignment are perfect to avoid injury while strengthening your body for this big event.
This is what we specialize in at The Strength Studio. Our trainers are always certified in the rigorous Power of 10 certification program by Adam Zickerman. There is an average 34% pass rate for this training program meaning only the best 1/3 get certified. Power of 10 certified trainers are specialists in strength and anatomy. They are trained to work with different body types in order to get optimal strength results.
And, at The Strength Studio, we use only TRULY specialized weight machines. We work hard to secure Super Slow or Nautilus retrofitted machines. The reason being that these machines are designed to adjust their settings to the widest variety of body types possible so that everyone is in the safest alignment and form possible while exercising. This is important because it reduces injury. This is particularly important during pregnancy when special accommodations must be made for a growing belly and body angle changes.
We work carefully with pregnant women to ensure that they are safely improving their strength throughout pregnancy without the risk of injury. There is nothing more important on the day of your child's birth than your and your child's safety. Proper strength during delivery can help you work with your body toward a safe delivery. In the case of c-section, strength training significantly reduces the recovery time, allowing you to rely on developed strength to help you function post-op and postpartum.