Pregnancy is hard. It’s supposed to be the most exciting time in your life, but it’s often riddled with anxiety and fatigue. I found myself trying to put on a happy face, but I just felt off most of the time.
Exercise can be a great way to stay energized, reduce stress and create a feeling of wellness — pregnant or not. Before diving in, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor. Ask them what level of activity is best for you. After that, give some of our listed options for prenatal exercise in Champaign-Urbana a try.
Here’s a word of warning, though: You may get stares and comments. The bigger your bump, the more attention. Let them know you’ve consulted with your doc, then move on with your head held high. It’s a common misconception that pregnant moms should just relax on the couch.
If you stay appropriately active, your pregnancy and delivery will thank you.
Stretch, breathe and center yourself with a yoga class. Most local yoga studios welcome expecting moms regardless of a specialized class. Some specialized classes below:
Amara Yoga, Urbana (Lincoln Square): Amara offers a class called Yogini Bliss Prenatal/Postnatal/Women, “A class that combines prenatal yoga and gentle postures with an emphasis on the feminine aspects of yoga. Deepen the breath and refresh with yin stretches and restorative postures that will increase circulation, relieve muscle tension and strengthen the pelvic floor. No experience required, all levels welcome.”
Iyengar Yoga of Champaign-Urbana: Emphasis on women’s health, including menses, pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause. Enroll any time.
General Fitness Classes
Most reps from area gyms said their regular fitness classes could be adapted so that an expectant mom is comfortable. Check out one of the area gyms or recreation centers that even offer child care.
Depending on your personal fitness level, where you are in your pregnancy and the advice of your physician, some modifications could allow you to join in a regular fitness class. Talk to the instructor first. They can help you get the most out of the class safely.
Emily Harrington is a Chambana townie. She left her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job in communications so that she could be a 24/7 mom to two busy boys. Still interested in writing, Emily uses some of naptime to practice her passion and keep her mind right. Emily is a happy wife with a happy life because she fell for a fellow townie. Emily usually finds herself engulfed in balls, blue and belly laughs.