With one week to go until we turn another major pregnancy milestone, I wanted to write about exercise in the second trimester. I mention it each week on my weekly updates, but I re-read my post about exercise in the first trimester, and now I can write about what I actually did the last few months.
As you know from reading my blog, exercise is really important to me. I used to have lots of goals, would wake up early to get in a workout, and always felt better and stronger for keeping up the routine.
It was really important to me to keep up a routine and find what works for me during pregnancy to keep active and fit. I happily re-adjusted my goals and expectations, and have been feeling great while exercising the last few months.
While I am slower on walks and don’t wake up early to exercise, I am still including cardio and light resistance in my weekly routine. I write frequently about the Define Body classes I go to about twice per week, and I mix that with walks or cardio machines in the gym. I really enjoy going to Define, even though I am always the only pregnant person in the classes. I can modify movements, especially core ones, and look forward to continuing these classes to get my core back next Spring and Summer.
I’m not really interested in being challenged too hard or pushing too much, which used to be a mindset I was more into. I just want to enjoy and get a nice stretch for now. This has been the main difference, and why I am glad I gave up CrossFit classes during pregnancy. I am also enjoying this brief time of not waking up early, not having a training plan, and just doing exercise that sounds nice.
Of the movements I do in class or on my own at the gym, I spend a lot of time (and enjoy most) on biceps, triceps, lateral raises or pulldowns, and shoulder presses. I hope to keep my arms strong and toned as much as I can with very light weights! The thigh, glute, and lower body movements have become increasingly harder with more weight on my front. I hope it means strong legs since I’m carrying a bowling ball all the time.
I am also sticking to 4-5 days per week of exercise, and make a point to get something in on those days. On the off days, I really enjoy being lazy in the late afternoon.
For me, I know I found a great way to stay active during pregnancy, but everyone is different. I also know that I am probably at the end of the peak feel-great weeks, and things may get harder and my endurance may decrease again. That’s ok, and I know I’ll return to tough workouts in a few months!