I just finished reading this great blogpost over at "Running for Two." Lisa is chronicling her first pregnancy as a runner and is nearing the finish. She draws a great analogy between the role of a "pacer" in an endurance race and a labor coach. Check it out!
Also, I've been skimming a book from the library--Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, by James F. Clapp. Based on the research presented by Clapp in this book, I'm totally convinced that exercising (safely) through pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for your unborn child (and yourself). I am definitely looking forward to exercising through my next pregnancy. Here are some of the benefits Clapp discusses:
* Limited weight gain
* Less physical discomfort
* More energy
* Easier, shorter, less complicated labor
* Newborns who "readily self-quiet" and "need less consolation from others"
* Some evidence that the children of women who exercise throughout pregnancy have heightened intelligence and oral language skills (as measured at 5 years of age).
Good stuff, eh? Have you had experience with any of these benefits of exercise in pregnancy? Please share!
P.S. It can be tricky to find active wear to accommodate a growing belly, but Fit Maternity will have you covered. Be sure to check out the support belts!