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Trainer Tells: Are There Exercises I Should Avoid While Pregnant?

While you should always consult your physician before planning a workout routine, Extreme Weight Loss trainer Chris Powell explains which exercises you should avoid while pregnant, and how you can maintain your level of fitness for the next nine months.

Hey, guys. It's Jenna, the fitness editor of Fitness Magazine. And we're here with another Trainer Tells. This time, Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. Chris, take it away. -Hey, what's up? It's me, Chris Powell, and I'm here to answer your Trainer Tells question. So, the question is, "Are there any exercises that you should avoid during pregnancy?" And you probably saw my wife. She just recently went through her pregnancy, and she's a pro. This is number four for her. So, she's done this a few times. Now, of course, I didn't actually get to experience the pregnancy myself, but I did vicariously trough her. So, I will pass the information on to you. First and foremost, always consult your physician before embarking upon any kind of exercise or training regimen when you are pregnant because your physician knows you best if you have any kind of special circumstances surrounding your pregnancy. So, pay very, very close attention there. Another thing when it comes to pregnancy, be careful of any supine exercise. Those are the exercises where you're lying on your back facing up. Your physician can answer a lot of questions about that. But really important to avoid a lot of those movements, especially later on in the pregnancy. But one of the biggest things when it comes to exercising and training during the pregnancy is not so much specific exercises, but exercise intensity. It's really important that you don't bump it up a notch. You're not going through what we call a "progressive overload" where you're increasing your intensity and the overload on your body. You don't wanna stress it too much. Pregnancy is also a little-- pregnancy is already a slightly stressful experience on your body. But we can still enjoy the exercise. So, whatever your level-- whatever level of fitness that you're at right now, it's important that you can maintain that-- unless your doctor says otherwise. So, if-- whatever your exercise regimen is right now, have fun with that. Maintain that, as long as you possibly can, until you're ready to taper up or unless your physician says so. -Now, if you have a question for one of our celebrity trainers, send it to us on Facebook or Twitter using the #trainertells.