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Exercising Through Your Pregnancy Paperback – Jul 15 2012
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About the Author
James F. Clapp, III, MD, was a professor emeritus of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University and a research professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Catherine Cram, MS, is an exercise physiologist specializing in prenatal and postpartum fitness whose consulting company, Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC, provides maternal-fitness certificate-training courses for health and fitness professionals. She is the coauthor of Fit Pregnancy for Dummies and writes for Baby Years, Pregnancy, and Women’s Health and Fitness magazines. She has been featured in prenatal fitness articles for the American Journal of Medicine and Sports and Babytalk, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, and Parenting magazines. She lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.
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In addition to the content, the book is written and organized very well. It's full of cold hard science; no cutesy pictures or flowery stories- so it may not be for everyone. I highly recommend this book to any women who are looking for the facts about exercising during pregnancy!
I think that personal trainers and fitness instructors who interact with pregnant women would benefit from the information in this book. It puts a lot of the old guidelines (heart rate 140, etc) to rest, which is good news for those of us who were at a high fitness level when we became pregnant.
There are some photos in the back and some sample exercises, but they are very basic, and more along the lines of stretches, yoga ball moves, resistance band training, etc.
That's where this book comes in. It's been so refreshing to have actual evidence that backs up my inclinations - that I most certainly can keep up with my pre-pregnancy exercise routine and should - that the outcomes for babies are NO DIFFERENT between the exercisers and the control group. It even explains what is happening with my heart rate (I wear a monitor), why it has fluctuated in certain directions, and why I am working at a higher capacity without feeling as fatigued. The quote on blood-doping is so completely accurate because that's exactly what it's like. I generally work in the 80 to 85% capacity range but i'm barely winded where as 85% pre-pregnancy would have given me a near heart attack. I thought I knew plenty about being pregnant, but it's astonishing to learn the real truth about the efficiency of the pregnant vascular system and the positive effects exercise has on the embryo/fetus/baby through the stages. I don't know why this information is still so secretive and elusive. Healthy, exercising pregnant women should not be shunned from society while the sedentary and lazy are put on a pedestal.
The studies conducted by the authors were mainly focused on women who did "weight-bearing exercise," during pregnancy, such as jogging & aerobics. I would have liked to see much more on weightlifting. While there is a shorter section on weightlifting and this aspect is not neglected, it is definitely not the focus of the book or the studies presented.
Considering, however, that there seems to be no such resource out there, this is the best option. It was still extremely helpful in providing guidelines of what is and isn't allowed and makes a strong argument for the benefits of physical activity to mother & baby.
The "pilates-style" exercise photos shown at the end were a little disappointing. This book seems to have been written more for women who are focused on "weight-bearing exercise" like cardio and aerobics or those who want to start an exercise regimen during pregnancy, but not as much for more advanced athletes & weightlifters. Still, I learned a great deal, & it is a good read. I definitely recommend it to trainers & expecting women.
My only dislike concerns the medical jargon and scientific documentation which can be lengthy and tiresome to read- especially of you are exhausted from being pregnant. However this type of writing may actually give a much deeper understanding of what the medical community knows and does not know and while I found it somewhat tiring my husband quite enjoyed it.