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Training clients who are pregnant

January 24, 2020

The more active someone is during pregnancy, the easier it is to adapt to their changing shape and weight gain. As a personal trainer, it is your job to make sure that the exercises they perform under your supervision are well within their limits and that you design an appropriate workout plan for pregnant women.

The good thing about working out when pregnant is that it is completely doable. Exercise is not dangerous for a baby but it is vital that there is a careful workout plan for pregnant women being followed. In fact, there is some evidence that those who are active have a smaller chance of experiencing problems towards the end of their pregnancy and during labour.

Caring for your pregnant clients

The first thing to remember is that when you do train clients who are pregnant, you must give them exercises that won’t exhaust them. You will likely need to slow down their usual services, making it easier and easier throughout each trimester. However, it is important that your clients speak to their doctor if they are unsure and let you know if there is anything they have been told to avoid.

The general rule is that you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. Therefore, if you find that your client is becoming breathless, you may need to turn down the intensity of the workout.

New clients

If your client wasn’t active before they became pregnant, don’t throw them into a regular workout regime.  Start off short and simple with them and gradually increase the intensity (to an extent). Remember, exercise does not need to be strenuous to be considered a good workout.

Tips for your client

  • Always warm-up and cool down before and after workouts
  • Keep active on a daily basis, whether it be a short walk or a 10-minute set workout
  • Avoid any strenuous activities in hot water
  • Stay hydrated

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