I definitely try to stay active during pregnancy. I just have to adjust my workouts based on how I feel/what trimester I am in. I think I’ve said before that my workouts were pretty lame during both of my first trimesters. The lack of movement both times caused me to stress out a bit but I’ve found that it really is not that big of deal. If you are pregnant and feeling puny during your first trimester. It’s okay, I promise! You’ll start to feel better and get back into it.
For the most part, I do a lot of the workouts that I did before pregnancy, I just make modifications. Here is what I routinely do:
Walk: I’m a big fan of walking and it’s great during pregnancy because it is low impact. My pregnancy is considered “high risk” because of what happened last time so I am not doing anything too strenuous. I do miss my beloved boxing class, but for now walking is just fine. I try to get 2-4 miles in on most days. I am very lucky that I live in a walkable city. I am within walking distance to the pharmacy, library, mall, parks and countless restaurants. I put H in the stroller and we head out!
For strength and muscle toning, I do a variety of these things:
1. This yoga DVD – I’ve always been a bit of slacker when it comes to stretching, even though I know it is good for me. This DVD is really great for pregnancy because I get stretched in all the right places (especially my back) and it also is a good strength workout.
2. This Tracy Anderson DVD – While not technically a pregnancy DVD, it does the trick for me. I modify the movements when necessary. I particularly like the butt and arms sections and sometimes if I’m short on time (or not in the mood to work out) I’ll pop this in and tell myself I only have to do one section. More times than not I end up doing more.
3. The 7 Minute Workout App – love the app and use it all the time. This is another thing you can do if you aren’t feeling motivated to workout. It’s only 7 minutes! It really does get your heart rate up too. It’s an even better workout if you do it two times in a row.
4. Mark Sisson’s Essential Movements -Push Ups, Pull Ups, Squats and Planks. These are basic movements to build overall body strength. You can skip the pull ups if you are working out at home and don’t have a bar. Sometimes I do shoulder presses with small weights instead.