Second Trimester Exercise Tips
Second Trimester Exercise – Part II of Fit for Expecting’s Exercise-by-Trimester Tips (click here to read about first trimester exercise)
Fortunately for many women, the second trimester brings with it a renewed energy and a decrease in morning sickness, which makes second trimester exercise feel more doable than first trimester exercise. For the health of you and your baby, take advantage of this time and incorporate a regular, balanced exercise program into your life.
Second Trimester Tips
- If you didn’t exercise first trimester, there’s no better time to start than the present! If it’s been awhile since you’ve exercised or if you’re new to exercise, start slowly and ease into it. Start with 15 minutes of exercise and gradually increase the duration of your workouts. Seeking help from a qualified perinatal exercise specialist is probably the best and safest route, so you can be sure that your program is appropriate for you and will give you and your baby the most benefits.
- Make exercise part of your routine. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women exercise for 30 minutes or more on most, if not all, days of the week. If that seems overwhelming, keep in mind that the 30 minutes doesn’t have to be all at once. Break it up into three 10-minute sessions or two 15-minute sessions. So maybe you go for a walk on your lunch break and then do a strength circuit when you get home from work. That’s definitely doable!
- In second trimester, you might find that your balance is shaky at times. To prevent injury during second trimester exercise, be sure that you’re wearing properly fitted and supportive shoes. Also, if doing certain exercises, such as lunges, makes you feel like you’re going to topple over, hold onto a chair for support. There’s no shame in keeping you and your baby safe.
- Resist the temptation to do too much. Often because women feel so much better in second trimester than in first trimester, there’s a tendency to want to make up for lost time and exercise to the max. Pregnancy is not the time to push yourself to the max. The goal with prenatal exercise is to maintain a healthy fitness level, not strive to beat your best mile time.
Ready to try some actual workouts? Try our indoor cardio workout below and then check out our mom workouts page for more workouts.
Second trimester moms – what are you doing for exercise?