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The Do's and Don'ts of Prenatal Exercise

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There are so many myths about what you should and shouldn't do with prenatal exercise. For this episode of MamaTalks, Liya interviews Amanda, physical therapist, and Rachel, occupational therapist, on how to exercise in a way that is safe, fun, and healthy during your pregnancy.

We cover:

-Is it ok to lift weights? How do you keep your back safe when you are lifting during pregnancy?

-What about core work - what's safe and what to avoid?

-Should you do Kegels?

-Tips for running during pregnancy

-How do progesterone and relaxin affect our ligaments and tendons and what that means for safety during exercise

Bio for OPTForMama:

Amanda is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor health and perinatal care. Rachel is an occupational therapist who specializes in early childhood development and parental education. We created OPT for MAMA to help women navigate pregnancy, birth and postpartum with more knowledge and empowerment.


Instagram: @optformama

Website: optformama.com


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