Exercising during pregnancy can help increase energy, reduce stress, improve sleep and help you get your body back after childbirth. But in order to reap these benefits, it's important to engage in exercises that are safe for you and the baby. In this video, Sabrena Merrill walks you through some exercises that will help strengthen your core and other muscles — ones that will ensure you’re healthy and ready for your new addition.
Sabrena Jo, M.S., has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 1987. As a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and health coach, she has taught group exercise and owned her own personal-training and health-coaching businesses. Jo is a former full-time faculty member in the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department at California State University, Long Beach. She has a bachelor's degree in exercise science as well as a master's degree in physical education/biomechanics from the University of Kansas. Jo is the Director of Science and Research Content for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a relentless pursuer of finding ways to help people start and stick with physical activity. Jo has a passion for the aerial arts and in her spare time enjoys hanging upside down from fabric and flinging her partner around in their acrobatic routines.