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Exercising Through Your Pregnancy Paperback – January 1, 2002
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With my first pregnancy, I got so frustrated following the ACOG recommendations for exercise that I stopped working out. It was just too boring to go for a "brisk" walk.
This book helped me to realize that its o.k. to continue running throughout my pregnancy (which I'm still doing at 26 weeks). Dr. Clapp has references to many women who are very active throughout their pregnancies, with *postive* effects on their pregnancy: less weight gain (but still a healthy amount) and giving birth earlier but still full term (37 to 42 weeks is considered term - exercisers tend to be closer to the 37/38 week mark in his studies).
Enough motivation in this book to keep you sweating right up until the day you deliever!
This book is awesome and I'm a hard critic. It doesn't show you pictures of women doing all the exercises in these modified ways that you never look at again. It focuses on studies of what other women did and the outcomes (babies birth weights, preterm labor, etc). The part I liked best was that the subjects in the studies exercised fairly intensely, not just walking twice a week. It told you how, for example, 25-30 miles of running per week will benefit you and the baby DURING pregnancy.
I just loved it (and I don't know the author!).
And don't be put off by the brightly colored pregnant woman on the front that appears to be walking--this covers intense exercise.
I appreciated the scientific approach the author took. And while it was full of detailed information, it was an easy read (like 2-3 evenings). For atheletes, this book really fills the gaps that exists in the gammit of other pregnancy books in regards to exercise.
I did the race (at an easy pace), it went fine. And I felt good with the peace of mind that I knew what was going on in my body and that the baby was okay (and I think, enjoying the running!).
That being said, this book includes various types of exercise, so it's not just for runners. And the study follows the women and their children in the first year+. Very interesting stuff.
Then I read this book. I cannot recommend it enough. Every female athlete who is pregnant or considering pregnancy needs to read this book. Dr. Clapp actually did a real study with real women and was able show that all the myths out there about exercising while pregnant have no foundation whatsoever. Most of the book is about the study, and he then gives advice on what to do and what not to do in the different stages of pregnancy.
This is not an exercise program. There are no description of exercises or exercise plans. He assumes a certain level of exercise "IQ" in his readers. This book has some value to women new to exercise as it really goes into detail on all the benefits of exercise on the mother and the baby, but it is really geared toward the more seasoned athlete.
It feels great to know for sure what is o.k. to do and to know how I am benefiting the baby and myself. If you want peace of mind, this is your book.
This book is awesome!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4 stars for me, because I thought it would be a book with exercises, but this book is more about how beneficial exercise is.
I find it a bit difficult to read...
Maybe good advice but seeing as it's from 1936, the updated again in 2002 with research from the late 70's to early 90's I think I'd like more recent info. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Corso Chic
I found this book very reassuring in many respects. It's good to know that it's great for mom and baby to keep exercising during pregnancy. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Robin J Letostak
As someone who has long worked out at least five days a week at a fairly high intensity, I was devastated to read all the reports of how pregnant women should keep their heart rate... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by L.coke
I would highly recommend this book to any woman who is pregnant or planning to conceive!!! As a distance runner who would like to start a family, I have been concerned about the... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Jen125
As an active triathlete this book was a great read while I was pregnant with my little girl. So many doctors don't receive training specifically in this area so it was great to get... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by SurfSraph17
It's a really good book, a little old, so I don't know how much new information is out there, but it definitely gave some peace about my worries about working out.Published on May 29, 2012 by Paola Ergueta
It took me two years to get pregnant so I wanted to be absolutely sure that it was safe to exercise. I was exercising 4 to 5x a week before getting pregnant. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by dutch23