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(Feb 11, 2008)
The first of its kind, Bedrest Fitness is an innovative fitness program for pregnant women on prescribed bed rest. Using a rubber exercise band for resistance, this full body exercise program can be performed entirely while resting in bed and is a simple and effective way for pregnant women to maintain muscle tone and strength. The exercises are gentle and place no stress or pressure on the pregnant abdomen or cervix
Each year approximately 700,000 pregnant women are prescribed bed rest because of the risk of premature labor and delivery (labor and delivery before 37 weeks). However, prolonged inactivity leaves women at risk for the development of blood clots in their legs, muscle wasting and markedly decreased overall strength and endurance. These effects were confirmed by NASA researchers in their research on the effects of prolonged inactivity in female astronauts. The astronauts were only inactive for 60 days. Many pregnant women are prescribed bed rest for as long as 4-5 months! When it's time to labor and deliver, many women who have been on prescribed bed rest simply cannot muster up the strength to push their babies into this world! They are at increased risk for labor and delivery complications, cesarean section delivery and prolonged recovery time-time they'd rather be spending with their new bundles of joy.
With its full body exercise program, Bedrest Fitness helps women maintain their strength and endurance. While sitting or lying in bed, most women will be able to perform the exercises with ease and without pain or discomfort. Additionally, they'll be helping to reduce the risks of blood clots in the legs, prolonged labors, delivery complications and prolonged recovery post partum. Bedrest Fitness is an essential tool for women with high risk pregnancies on prescribed bed rest.
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I waited to do the video again until I reached 25 weeks and felt comfortable sitting up. I am alternating the video now with my own workout that I do laying on my side with hand and ankle weights.
She seems knowledgeable, but there is also too much chit chat in the video. This would be fine if you were doing the video one time, but if you are sentenced to 4 months of bedrest and want to do this video daily, it gets very old. The main problem is that all this talk happens between exercises so you have to wait to begin, which makes it drag on.
There is a "music only" option, which I thought would be great because it would cut out all the explaining, stories, ect, but it is the same version just without the words so you still have to constantly wait. Now I just do the exercise as it should start and find I am doubling her reps at minimum.
With all that said it is still a good alternative to my regular workout. Also, if you are unfamiliar with exercises laying down or are a beginner to exercise in general it is a good start to keep you moving.
I have never been sore in the slightest, but the point is to keep you from losing all your muscle tone, which it helps with, so although I don't love it, I still use it and would recommend it.