Safe Exercise for Each Trimester

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    Exercise is a safe and important activity for expectant mothers. It can help relieve low back pain, decrease your fatigue, shorten your labor, and lead to a quicker post-partum recovery! If you are considering exercising during your pregnancy, you may find yourself wondering which exercises are safe for your ever expanding mid-section.

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    In the following, you will find examples of great exercises for each trimester as well as some important safety tips. Remember to check with your physician before adding any new exercises to your routine!

    {Continued: First Trimester}

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  1. Profile photo of Aimee Aimee says:

    What would be a heart rate that would be too high during the second and third trimester?

  2. GREAT ADVICE! THIS IS MY SECOND PREGNANCY, AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY MY BODY IS REACTTING ALOT DIFFERENT THEN MY FIRST. SO I’M TRYING TO LEARN MORE AND MORE EACH DAY. THANKS

  3. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    I really do not remember any one saying I needed to exercise. I know that no activity is bad, and too much is bad, but I did not know I had to make a separate effort. I lived in the country, so maybe the hill and dale of things count.

  4. Profile photo of Nallely15 Nallely15 says:

    21 weeks.. and still got a long way to go, but staying strong!!

  5. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    26 weeks and still going strong…………..

  6. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    i am going on 25 weeks and still continue to jog, slower than at first, but still strong. and I walk as much as possible. can’t wait to get outside to do so now that the weather is getting warmer. LOVE spring/summer babies!

  7. Profile photo of neisha neisha says:

    I mostly just do streches

  8. Profile photo of hannah83 hannah83 says:

    Right now I feel well enough to exercise. I couldn’t even think about until I was 16 weeks because the morning sickness was so bad. Right now I am doing Yoga.

  9. This is outdated information. Research now shows keeping your heart rate below 140 bpms is not necessary.

  10. I try and walk as much as i can but being in Pennsylvania during this time of year its getting kind of cold.

  11. Profile photo of kandi kandi says:

    Lol I love walking

  12. i walk a lot with my 2 yr old son and it doesnt seem to make a difference with my weight :(

  13. Profile photo of april april says:

    I try and walk everyday. Even though I am very small and carrying twins, I figure the more I try to keep walking and doing minor things it will help keep my muscles from becoming to weak for labor. I always try not to go beyond what I can handle which imo is a good way to stay healthy all around.

  14. I need to start swimming i’m 35 weeks and i’ve heard it help’s with a lot of the pain’s that come in your 3d tri-mester!

  15. God will provide! ask and you shall recive

  16. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    Belly dance is great for preparing the body for pregnancy and childbirth. I’ve been dancing for two and a half years, and hope to continue as far into pregnancy as possible. One of my troupemates performed up until 5 or 6 months, and continued dancing through eight and a half months. She said that she had a very easy labor, and I’m sure that being active and exercising the muscles used in birth helped a great deal with that!

  17. Profile photo of Hope Hope says:

    I usually just walk and do pilates. Sometimes I use dancing or sex as my exercise also.

  18. Profile photo of PumpkinPhD PumpkinPhD says:

    Luckily, my favorite exercise–bellydancing–is low-impact enough to keep doing throughout the pregnancy. I’m 20 weeks now and still going to belly dance class. There are a few moves I can’t do any more (like stomach undulations), but I can modify things and take things slower if I need to. It’s good for balance and stretching muscles. I still walk regularly, too, but not as fast or as far as I did pre-pregnancy.

  19. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    Most of the time I do NOT feel like exercising. I am lucky to get out and throw the ball around with the dog.

  20. I plan to keep working out. I was worried about safety, but this is a great article! I stopped going to the gym and only go for walks, but it’s nice to know I can head back to gym and not worry so much! =] thanks!

  21. Profile photo of Jazz Jazz says:

    That’s great! I plan on exercising as much as possible as well. :)

  22. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    8 mos and still working out!

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