Donna Anderson is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist. She has the knowledge and skills to develop safe and effective exercise programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurological disorders. Some of the medical conditions she has worked with include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, neuromuscular disorders, heart disease, lung disease, osteoporosis, orthopedic injuries, cancer, dementia, arthritis, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders.
Studies have shown that it is not only safe but recommended, for most women to exercise throughout their entire pregnancies. However, it is important that a few modifications be made in regard to intensity, positioning, hydration, and overheating. Donna Anderson has a specialty certification for pre and postnatal fitness and can implement a safe and effective regimen to optimize your health. Further consultation with your obstetrician will determine if there are any specific recommendations or contraindications.
Exercise is good for everyone, especially pregnant women and new mothers. Research has demonstrated that compared to non-exercising counterparts, pregnant and postpartum women who exercise regularly experience the following benefits:
increased cardiovascular fitness
reduced backaches, bloating, constipation, and swelling
decreased leg cramping
decreased accumulation of fat
improvement in mood, energy, posture, and sleep
decreased likelihood of requiring intervention during delivery (such as Pitocin, augmentation, or use of vacuum or forceps)
less time spent in active labor
less time spent pushing
quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight
(ACOG 2011, Clapp 2002; Sampselle et al. 1999; Ohlin & Rossner 1996)
I was able to work out with Donna up until the day before I gave birth. I highly recommend Donna to any prenatal woman.
Whether you feel like personal training or group classes are the best fit, you can work out safely while pregnant and return once the baby is born.