Fitness Tips For Your Second Trimester

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It is safe to work out daily during pregnancy, but you should always get approval from your doctor before starting a fitness plan. After 20 weeks you should avoid doing exercises on your back. Make sure to intake the extra 300 calories per day required. Monitor your heart rate & exercise intensity. Exerting yourself moves blood to your muscles and skin and may move less to your uterus. If exercise is too strenuous, there is a risk that less oxygen will reach the baby. Per usual make sure you are stopping for frequent water breaks & ASK FOR MODIFICATIONS if needed.

I am still training women's fitness boxing (not three times a day anymore, but at least once a day) & doing a few at home exercises & have a two mile loop around our apartment complex, that Brian makes me & I like to do at least two or three times a week. As you all know I have already gained enough weight to suffice an entire pregnancy plus some & I workout very frequently. Every ones body is different so please, don't try to diet or lose weight. Obviously is doesn't work. Granted if I stopped eating like a cow I probably could, but that is not the goal here. The goal is to maintain a healthy & active lifestyle not only for you, but your baby. It will increase your energy level & enhance your mood. It builds your endurance for labor & strengthens those muscles required for delivering a baby. It also does wonders for your skin (for those of you who like me were NOT blessed with that gorgeous pregnancy glow). Those are just a few of the various benefits of exercise during pregnancy.

I know your energy level probably increased as you rounded that first trimester & has slowly started to dwindle as you head into the third. So again lets keep them short and simple, we will save the long & intense workouts for when we are striving for our pre-baby bod. Here is one of my mini workouts for your second trimester & a treadmill workout if you are interested in some alternative cardio. Please let me know if you would like to see more for your second trimester.  



Tabata, what is it? It's a popular form of high intensity cardio with 20 seconds on & 10 seconds rest. Go at your own pace, take a longer break if needed remember you have more than twice the blood now & are carrying much more weight. I chose options that are fit for pregnancy & I will give more intense workouts for postpartum. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate cardio into a short & sweet workout, without having to run. For those of you who do prefer a little treadmill action over the tabata style take a look at the treadmill workout below. You can easily pair this 20 minute treadmill workout with 2 rounds of the strength portion & skip the tabata & call it a day. Enjoy.


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