Women who are trying to get ripped may think they have to put their workout routine on hold when they get pregnant. According to the Mayo Clinic, however, exercising during pregnancy can ease back pain, boost energy levels and increase muscle strength and stamina, which helps prepare a woman for labor.
Recently, USA Today ran an article discussing some of the interesting workouts that pregnant women are engaging in, and the on-going debate of whether physical activity is a good idea for person who is about to give birth.
According to the news source, women are rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking while pregnant and are still giving birth to healthy babies.
"For years, women were discouraged from either continuing or initiating exercise in pregnancy," said Andrew Satin, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Bayview in Maryland, quoted by the news provider. "I think that's recently been questioned on a lot of fronts."
Of course, any pregnant woman should consult their doctor before exercising to determine if physical activity is safe for them and their baby.