Exercising During the Last Stages of Pregnancy
May 15, 2015
Exercise is an important factor in living a healthy lifestyle, and just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t maintain some sort of activity- even during the last stage of pregnancy. It is called labor after all! This article will provide some suggestions on exercises to do through the end of your pregnancy. (Note: be sure to talk to your doctor if you’re unsure if you are able to work out while pregnant.)
When in doubt on what exercises you can do while pregnant, there is always the option to walk! Walking for 25-30 minutes 4x a week paired with toning exercises is a great way to get you moving. Walk outdoors or on the treadmill with a slight incline. To help you through this exercise, bring music with you, or listen to your favorite podcast to push through those minutes.
Prenatal yoga is not only a great workout, but it will help you relax and take note of your breathing. These same breathing techniques can help you during labor. Plus, yoga is a great way to stretch your muscles and do an exercise that is not hard on the body.
Using light weights (2 pounds for example) is a great way to add in some toning to your workout. Bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, chest raises, shoulder presses… these are all great arm exercises that are totally doable.
Core workout is a bit more difficult since your baby is right where you’d normally work this section. So, if you’ll be working your core while pregnant, be sure to have extra support for your abdominal muscles, including leaning up against a wall and doing navel to spine exercises. Avoid planks, mountain climbers, push-ups and any other exercises that are strenuous on your abs.
We tried Cardio Barre (think ballet) while pregnant and although we did have to modify some exercises, overall, we loved the way the exercises helped our body move and feel. We feel like our entire body got a workout.
Pilates is another great option for pregnancy exercises to help tone and lengthen your muscles. We like this option because the exercises are not intense where you’re trying to get your heart rate up quickly. Pilates is all about focusing on breathing.
Remember to keep hydrated while working out.
Need more ideas? Look at our Pinterest Board for Pins on suggested workouts while pregnant (and exercises to avoid).
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