When we say rowing is for everyone, we mean everyone! Even one of our regular rowers, Heidi, who used rowing as her go-to cardio throughout her pregnancy. Read why she (and many moms-to-be) chose the erg.
We’re in awe of the women we see rowing through their pregnancy at the studio. Rowing in general is already one helluva workout but to do it while growing a little human? Now that’s a woman warrior! When you're exhausted and getting bigger by the day, exercise may not be on the top of your to-do list. But exercising during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. The American Council on Exercise notes that prenatal exercise can help stabilize and boost mood and reduce pregnancy discomforts such as swelling, constipation, insomnia and fatigue. Rowing offers a no-impact form of exercise that you can perform throughout your pregnancy.
As your body changes, it’s okay to try new workouts to see what works best for you. Rowing just may be what your body needs! It's a fantastic way to get your heart rate up and build a sweat without the impact of running or jumping, plus use upper body muscles. One of our long-time members, Heidi, chose indoor rowing as her form of exercise during her second pregnancy, saying indoor rowing was actually "easier than going for a walk" because sitting down on the erg meant she wasn't carrying the weight of her belly. "I swear that rowing is what made this entire experience so much easier and more enjoyable the second time around", says Heidi. Heidi continued rowing regularly up until 1 month before giving birth.
However, rowing with a pregnant belly at the front does require a bit of change in technique and form. Here’s some ways women can adjust their form and technique as they progress through their pregnancy:
1. Lower your foot stretchers as much as possible so that your knees are low enough to able you to get as close to the starting position as much as possible. The straps will most likely be above your toes.
2. Now that your legs are lower, spread your knees slightly when preparing to take the next stroke – that way you’ll make room for the belly as you move forward.
3. The focus should go on pressing with the legs first and then pull the handle just under your chest and above the belly. Your core pivot may be less exaggerated, as most of the strain will go on the legs, but your heart rate will rise and you’ll definitely get a good sweat!
What we love most about indoor rowing is that it truly is for everyone. People of all sizes, ages and fit levels can reap the benefits of rowing on the erg – whether it’s for a warm-up, cool-down, or the main event. If you’re pregnant, or know someone who is, we want you to know that weRow welcomes all women to join us before, during, and after to experience the wonderful benefits of indoor rowing. Please remember that anyone pregnant should check with their doctor first before starting any workout regimen.
Tish & Team weRow