Is Kim Kardashian overdoing it?
Four months into her first pregnancy, the famous mom-to-be recently “thought she was having a miscarriage,” and was advised to slow down and rest by her doctors.
Often seen working out at the Tracy Anderson studio in Los Angeles, and jet-setting across the globe with her rapper beau Kanye West, some say the reality star needs to change her fast paced lifestyle.
An expert in pre- and postnatal fitness, Leah Keller, weighs in on the topic.
“It can be a challenge for newly expectant moms to achieve healthy balance between work and rest,” Keller tells HerScoop. “A heavy travel schedule, career demands, overtraining and inadequate rest can certainly take a toll. Thankfully Kim and baby are both fine.”
The nationally certified personal trainer went on to share the “golden” rule for moms-to-be.
“Moderation is golden!,” Keller says. “Moderate exercise during pregnancy is wonderful for both mother and baby.”
“And so is adequate rest,” she adds. “Pace yourself. Aim for about 30 minutes of moderate exercise 4-6 days as week – a brisk walk, a swim, a light resistance workout or prenatal yoga. If you’re having a low energy day and time is limited, opt for a nap instead of a walk. Keep your body moving to feel your best during pregnancy and to prepare for a strong, beautiful birth. In fact, studies show that exercise during pregnancy shortens the ‘push’ phase of labor by over 33%.”
Keller advises Kim, and all moms-to-be, to “listen to your body.”
“Always listen to your body,” Keller continues. “Drink water before, during and after exercise. Avoid over-heating and make sure you can maintain a light conversation while conducting any workout. If you find yourself huffing and puffing, take the intensity down a notch and pause for a water break. After every prenatal workout, you should feel invigorated and energized. If you find yourself drained following exercise, your body is telling you to lighten up on the intensity. Exercise during pregnancy is about nourishing yourself and your baby – moderation is the key to safely enjoy the many documented benefits: reduced back pain, lower risk of gestational diabetes, improved circulation, less swelling, a shorter labor and a much faster postnatal recovery. ”
And Keller says there’s no need to overdo it during the postpartum period either.
“The first priority for new moms is to regain core strength and tone so they can safely build total body fitness,” Keller adds. “I insist all of my postnatal clients begin with an exercise I call core compressions. Most of my clients have smaller waistlines and stronger abs right now, as mothers, than they did before their first pregnancy! Keep reading for a sneak peek at this science-based exercise that delivers real results for real moms in literally 10 minutes a day.”
For more pre- and postnatal heath and fitness tips, check out Keller’s website.
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