First Trimester Exercise – Tips & Overcoming the “Buts”
First Trimester Exercise – Part I of Fit for Expecting’s Exercise-by-Trimester Tips
Regardless of your past exercise history, pregnancy gives you a great opportunity to start fresh. Forget the months or years you skipped out on exercise and focus now on incorporating a regular exercise routine into your schedule to get the most benefit for both you and your baby. Taking care of yourself, which includes exercising and eating right, is more important now than ever because after all, what you do and don’t do impacts you AND your new resident.
First Trimester Exercise Tips
- While exercise is incredibly beneficial and safe for the majority of pregnant women, there are some medical and obstetric conditions that contraindicate exercising during pregnancy. Check in with your healthcare provider to be sure you don’t have one of these conditions.
- Get help – if you aren’t sure whether you can continue your pre-pregnancy exercise routine, if you don’t know what to do or if you’re new to exercise, talk with a perinatal exercise specialist to set up an exercise program and have your questions answered.
- Be consistent – even if all you can manage is 10 minutes of exercise, it’s better than doing nothing at all.
- There’s no doubt that pregnancy changes your body. With first trimester exercise, start tuning in to your body and pay attention to what feels good and what doesn’t. The goal with first trimester exercise and throughout the rest of your pregnancy is for exercise to feel good. No more torturing yourself with exercise (if you were into that before getting pregnant). If your body tells you to slow down, listen.
Common First Trimester Exercise “Buts”
But I’m so tired…
We know, fatigue can be overwhelming during the first trimester. But believe it or not, exercise can actually give you more energy and help you have a more restful sleep at night. Aim for doing something active every day, even if all you can do is 10 minutes.
But I have morning sickness…
This one might surprise you – exercise has actually been shown to relieve or reduce morning sickness symptoms for many pregnant women. Walking at a comfortable pace is a great form of light exercise.
Want to try some actual workouts? Check out our mom workouts page.
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