Cassandra Forsythe on exercise and pregnancy

December 22nd, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  7 Comments

The lovely and talented Cassandra Forsythe has been running a series of articles on fitness during pregnancy. A PhD in Exercise Science and Nutrition who taught boot camps with a belly… now that is advice worth listening to!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


  1. Leela says:

    December 22nd, 2010at 11:58 am(#)

    Hey, this is awesome! Thank you for sharing it. But may I make a friendly comment, in case Ms. Forsythe is reading? Please fix the typos in this! “On slot” instead of “onslaught”, “cannel” instead of “canal”…it’ll be easier reading if these and others are corrected!

    That said, it’s great information that I will share with my pregnant friends.

  2. Cassandra says:

    December 23rd, 2010at 7:42 pm(#)

    Thanks Leela! I didn’t notice that as I just pasted what the ladies wrote pretty much and was so busy this week, I barely have been sleeping. In any matter, I will correct it now. Thank you again!

  3. tuxette says:

    December 26th, 2010at 7:16 am(#)

    Great series!

    I’m 36 weeks pregnant now and have been working out the whole time – running/jogging (until week 30), elliptical, weightlifting (modified as belly got bigger), and modified crossfit. I even took my running kit with me on various travels to different continents where I ran and did bodyweight crossfit workouts. I had to start taking it very easy after a bleeding episode at week 30 (where I had to not exercise for a week) but other than that, everything has been great. This is despite my being an “older” (39 going on 40) first time mom.

    I found one of the things discussed in Part 2 with Christa rather interesting. I live in Norway but have read a lot of pregnancy information from the US and even visited the US around weeks 19-22. The impression I started getting by reading these sites and talking to people in the US (for example while buying workout clothes) was that they take things very conservatively over there, primarily because doctors/medical caregivers are so afraid of being sued for every little thing, because people will sue for every little thing. And then I read Christa’s comment about her OBGYN, a specialty that is among the most often sued. I wonder if things would be different if Americans weren’t so geared to sue sue sue all the time?

    Over here, nobody seems to be bothered by my working out. They kind of expect that you know what you’re doing. The only thing I’m told is to stop if it starts hurting.

  4. Leela says:

    December 27th, 2010at 12:21 pm(#)

    Cassandra, I hope I didn’t sound like too much of a scold there! What you’re doing is so important.

    I loved working out while pregnant. It kept me sane!

  5. Cassandra says:

    December 31st, 2010at 12:01 am(#)

    Tuxette: if you read this message – that’s very interesting. Would you mind sharing your current experiences with me for my blog as well? How the US and your country are so different with respect to exercise and pregnancy?
    You can email me through my website.
    Thank you!

  6. Lieke says:

    January 13th, 2011at 8:10 am(#)

    Cassandra, great interviews! I recognised a lot of things from my own (active) pregnancy. I agree with tuxette that obgyns here in Europe (I’m basedin Holland) might have a slightly more relaxed and less conservative take on exercise during pregnancy, although I have never had the experience of being told off myself. My obgyn just said to go on with whatever I was doing and listen to my body.

    My very healthy girl is almost 3 months old now and allowed to come to the gym with me :)


  7. allie says:

    January 18th, 2011at 6:45 am(#)

    What incredible information! I never worked out during pregnancies, always felt “scared.”. Surely if I went through another pregnancy, that would change, for the better! Thanks for this!

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