- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934030961
- ISBN-13: 978-1934030967
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fit & Healthy Pregnancy: How to Stay Strong and in Shape for You and Your Baby Paperback – June 4, 2013
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"Designed for everyone from veteran competitive athletes to recent fitness enthusiasts, Fit & Healthy Pregnancy is the go-to guide for expectant women who want to stay active throughout pregnancy." Triathlete magazine
"Fit & Healthy Pregnancy is knowledgeable and accessible, full of information that will arm readers when dealing with doubting doctors and relatives as well as providing the motivation to maintain (or even improve) their fitness throughout the nine months of pregnancy and beyond. This book is an invaluable addition to the reading list of every expecting mama." San Francisco Book Review
"A superb resource…Amazing scope…Applicable for women at all fitness levels. Recommended reading for any mom who wants to learn more about staying active, sane, and healthy as a mom." BreakingMuscle.com
From the Back Cover
"Health & Fitness: Pregnancy & Childbirth"
The active pregnancy guide for athletes, by athletes!
Pregnancy doesn't mean an end to exercise and fitness. Despite old wives' tales, exercise during pregnancy isn't just safe--it's also ideal for the health and wellness of mother and baby.
In "Fit & Healthy Pregnancy," coach Kristina Pinto and obstetrician Rachel Kramer steer active women through each trimester and the first months of motherhood. With sound medical advice, pregnancy-friendly workouts, and tips and motivation from women who have walked--and worked out--in your shoes, this comprehensive guide explains the ins and outs of exercise and pregnancy, including:
- Advice for keeping your body and mind fit through the nine months of pregnancy and beyond
- Nutritional information to properly fuel your growing baby and your workouts
- Sport-specific guidelines for every trimester, including tips and training advice for running, swimming, and cycling
- Beautifully illustrated exercises, appropriate to each stage of your pregnancy
- The best advice for breast-feeding, child care, and workouts for moms on the go
Celebrate each new milestone of motherhood with this modern guide. Filled with detailed guidance, tested medical information, and the wise counsel of experience, "Fit & Healthy Pregnancy" is a trusted resource for pregnant athletes and active mothers.
Dr. Kristina Pinto, EdD, is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A specialist in women's health and psychology, she is also a runner, a coach, and mom to son Henry.
Dr. Rachel Kramer, MD, completed her ob-gyn training at Yale University. She has two sons and competes in triathlon and distance running events.
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I am a fitness enthusiast, I used to do a lot of weight lifting, in the past two years I had given a lot of that up and have instead been running half marathons. I was hoping the book would have better advice for me than "go ahead and exercise.... but don't overdo it.... and don't feel bad if you don't want to exercise at all". What to Expect When You're Expecting told me that! I was looking for something a bit more in depth and specific! There were maybe 4 exercises for first trimester moms-to-be, all involving resistance bands, which seems to indicate that they're for beginners who've never actually lifted free weights. I have a gym membership-- I'd like to know if I can still lift weights, and if there are positions that I should be avoiding or things I should be doing more of. I'm pretty sure I should be working to strengthen my core for pushing out a baby (my core is noticeably weak from focusing on training for the half marathons and not lifting weights at the same time).
The advice it gave was vague and unsatisfactory, and useless at putting my mind at ease. And if you've already had a miscarriage, all bets are off. The book basically absolves itself from giving you any solid advice, and tells you to go ask your OBGYN. My miscarriage was not caused by my exercise habits, but I am, understandably, a little paranoid this time around.
Not the book for me, maybe not the book for other experienced exercisers, either!
There is a lot of conflicting information about what one should or shouldn't do when pregnant in regards to exercise. I believe this absolutely depends on your fitness level prior to the BFP. I was disappointed to learn more about round ligament stretching online and it's total absence from this book. Also, I am aware of not lying on my back in the 2nd trimester, but how else can I keep my core and lower back strong? Where are these exercises?
I wish I could recommend another book, but honestly I'm still searching for information that fits my situation.
The anecdotes from athletic women, while anecdotes, were extremely helpful.
Also, this book didn't make me feel guilty, reminding you to "read you body cues" and explaining how tough the first trimester can be, so just hang in there.
This book was more helpful to me than the old "pregnancy standby" books- you know which I mean!! I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants support in staying fit throughout their pregnancy.