Exercising while pregnant is not easy – especially when you get to the third trimester. During my first and the beginning of my second trimesters, I had no problem walking 2 miles every day, swimming, doing barre exercises, etc. That has all changed. I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I’m doing good if I make it a mile at a strolling pace. I just have to keep telling myself that anything is better than nothing.
I have found that it is so much easier to swim. It takes the pressure off of you and makes you feel light which is a wonderful feeling at this point in the pregnancy. It is so much easier on my back and I still get in a great workout.
I’ve looked into prenatal yoga and it is great for meditation and relaxation, however, I’m more of a cardio girl. I enjoy upbeat workouts that make me want to push myself, and yoga just doesn’t do it for me. I enjoy yoga a lot more when I’m not pregnant and can actually bend.
Bottom line: Anything is better than nothing. There will be plenty of time to push myself and work off these pounds after baby H gets here.
What worked for you during your pregnancy?
Jen B says
Good for you!! Doing whatever type of exercise you can during pregnancy is great! With my first I taught kickboxing until I was 20 weeks (and then I could no longer effectively teach because I had to make too many modifications for myself) and then found spin classes really fun. I certainly couldn't go at the pace of the class and my "racing" was much slower than everyone elses because I had to watch my own heartbeat but I enjoyed the environment and music. With both my pregnancies I had to stop at around 33 weeks or so because I just got too big to comfortably reach the handle bars at that point and then it was mostly walking. I'm not a big swimmer but swimming is GREAT exercise especially when you are pregnant! Keep it up!
Lins - Domesticated Working Woman says
I'm more of a cardio girl myself, but I strongly encourage you to do prenatal yoga. I started at 10 weeks and love it. It stretches you where you need to be stretched and provides relief to those ligaments and joints that need it.