Expecting mothers work out until birth

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) - Emily Jackson doesn't know anything different.

"It's how I manage my stress." Jackson said. "Besides taking naps, It is really how I manage my stress to continue it in a supportive competitive atmosphere."

Jackson is talking about exercise, but not just any exercise.

"When I found out I was pregnant of course I was a little bit nervous. I thought I wouldn't be able to continue this fitness level of still come every day to work out." Jackson said.

Emily is hoping all of her hard work in the gym will pay off with an easier delivery and recovery process.

"It really helps out with the labor process actually so I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible." Jackson said. "The transition afterwords is really good to already have that fitness base. Even if I can't keep up the level I was doing before, to have that base and be able to jump back into it after the baby is born."