Proper care and fitness coaching can lead to easier deliveries and quicker recovery
Sep. 30, 2014 – CONCORD, N.H. — At Get Fit NH, Dean and Nancy Carlson encourage their clients to make training a habit and to integrate it fully into their lives, and their clients have done so. There is no better evidence of this than the fact that in the past year, five Get Fit NH clients, Carolyn, Jill, Kim, Amanda, and Katie, have continued to train throughout their pregnancies. None of these women considered for a moment stopping their training because they were pregnant. As Jill put it, “Part of my reason for joining the Get Fit Family was to lose weight and get in shape to have kids. I will not let 4 1/2 years of hard work go to waste!”
People might be shocked to hear that these women train 3-4 times a week while pregnant. While they are certainly dedicated, they are also smart. They know that anything that helps mommy stay strong, fit, and healthy is also good for the baby. The lowering and raising of the heart rate when training resembles labor. A woman with a strong healthy body can have an easier delivery and recovery than those who choose not to exercise.
Herself a mother of 6, Coach Nancy understands that energy levels and a body’s readiness to train can change frequently, especially when pregnant. The women all credit Nancy’s care and dedication for allowing them to continue training throughout their pregnancies. “This pregnancy I am hooked up to a heart monitor during training. This may be the most interesting part because I am really able to control my intensity and workouts all while keeping my heart rate in check.”, says Jill. Nancy also monitors them closely, checking in with them frequently. Each lady is required to subtly check in throughout training and encouraged to respond with at least five words so Nancy can gauge how they are doing. She will quickly and discreetly modify exercises if the women are experiencing any discomfort.
Carolyn S. described her experience. “During my first trimester, I was able to participate in all of the exercises although there would be days where I felt so tired that I appreciated being able to choose a modified version of the exercise. I felt like I had plenty of energy during my second trimester. On certain days when I was uncomfortable, Nancy quickly came up with another option for me to do that would allow me to continue training.”
Perhaps most important, Nancy cares for her expecting clients’ current emotional state. As Jill puts it, “Nancy understands when you break out in tears for no reason, and doesn’t hold it against you.” She makes sure to remind them that their bodies are changing in multiple ways to prepare for childbirth, that they may not be able to do the same exercises that they could before and encourages them not to get frustrated.
Nancy sounds like a proud mother when she talks about her clients who train throughout pregnancy. “Training when it is just you is difficult. We should all get a high five each day for making it happen. But when you are training while feeling morning sickness, or uncomfortable at nine months pregnant you deserve a double high five!”
Get Fit NH has been named Best Gym in Southern NH five consecutive times from 2010 to 2014, and Coach Nancy has been recognized as the Best of the Best Trainer 3 times during those years. Call 344-2651 today and request your no obligation Success Session to see if Get Fit NH is right for you.