Pregnancy is super stressful. Why is it so stressful?!?!?! There’s so much to worry about, mainly the health and wellness of your growing baby, but also following the “rules”…or even just finding out what the “rules” are!
Luckily, because my pregnancy is high-risk, I get to see my Doctor’s quite a bit! This means I get to bug them more with my incessant questioning. Mwahah.
I had a LOT of concerns about exercising, because it’s like 100% of my daily life haha. I coach and train clients all day long, I teach fitness classes every week, and I LIKE to workout. I wanted to know what I should or shouldn't do.
A strong core is super important during pregnancy because it can decrease lower back pain, aid in delivery, and prevent diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). There are certain exercises you want to avoid during pregnancy because they can cause ab separation (crunches, twisting, push ups/planks).
Here is my current core routine, all exercises are safe during the 2nd and 3rd Trimester! **As always, consult your ObGyn before beginning a new exercise routine, remember that sets and reps may vary person-to-person, and ALWAYS listen to your body.**
Circuit 1: Repeat 2-4x with 60 second rest in-between each set.
- Modified Side Plank x 12-15 (both sides)
- Single Leg Hip Thrusts x 12-15 (both sides)
- Bird Dog x 12-15 (both sides)
- Reverse Lunge to knee raise x 12-15 (both sides)
Circuit 2: Repeat 2-4x with 60 second rest in-between each set.
- Marching on Stability Ball x 12-15 (both sides)
- Stability Ball Leg Curls x 15
- Stability Ball Hip Thrusts x 15