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How to Exercise When You’re Expecting – Book Review

Let me start off by saying that I’m a mom of three wonderful daughters. This means that I’ve been pregnant THREE times. I’ve worked out through two of my pregnancies (I had complications with my second pregnancy that didn’t allow me to workout), and I’ve successfully gotten “my body back” three times. So when I was asked to review “How to Exercise When You’re Expecting” by Lindsay Brin, C.P.T, B.S.E., I jumped at the chance, afterall, three pregnancies kind of makes me a bit of an expert, right?

The author of “How to Exercise When You’re Expecting“, Lindsay Brin not only has a PASSION for health and exercise, but she also has a degree in Exercise Science. For me, this is a plus because I’ve also got a degree in Kinesiology. Because Lindsay has been pregnant before and has employed the techniques in her book herself, the advice she offers:

  • is safe for most* pregnancies
  • will keep you fit
  • will help you prepare your body for labor
  • teach you how to exercise effectively with minimal time
  • give you the tools you’ll need so you can regain your pre-pregnancy fitness level

*As with any exercise program PLEASE consult your doctor before starting.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lindsay has done a great job of sharing with the reader not only how you should work out and eat, but also why the methodds she proposes are effective. She takes a total body approach, ensuring the the nutritional, psychological and all physical needs of a woman’s pregnancy is met during each of the pregnancy stages: first, second, and third trimesters, along with the post-partum period. It was especially good for me to read that Lindsay encourages the reader to continue running if she was currently running prior to becoming pregnant. (As you can tell, I’m a runner, and ran through two of my pregnancies).

There were two BIG thing that I didn’t like about the book:

  1. 1. There was FAR too much focus on “getting your body back”. I strongly believe in exercising and eating healthy for the long-term mental and physical health benefits, not just for aesthetics. You CAN be “skinny” and not healthy, and you CAN be “fat” and healthier than most “skinny” people. Providing your baby and your body with proper nutrition and maintaining strength and endurance for childbirth, is far more important than eating and exercising for how you’ll look afterwards.
  2. 2. There was no pullout, quick reference guides. Carting the book around in your gym bag would be an exercise in itself. It would be nice if the book had pull-out posters for each trimester, and the post-partum period, to make it easier to follow the exercise program.

That said, I highly recommend this book, and strongly encourage anyone considering starting a family within the next year to purchase the book and begin the post-partum workouts so that you can enter your pregnancy in the best shape of your life. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are perhaps the hardest things your body will ever do, so in my opinion it only makes sense to begin with the best health you can be in.

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