The Second Trimester Pregnancy Workout
You’re now in your second trimester and you might be feeling a new boost of energy. The barfiness might have subsided. You feel ready to hit the gym and get back into a fuller exercise program. Whoohoo! There are some things to consider to when deciding what to do:
1) While lying on your back, the weight of your uterus can press down on one of your major blood vessels and limit the flow of blood and oxygen to your placenta.
2) You can sweat off your heat but your baby’s temp will be your core temp so avoid things like Bikram or hot yoga.
3) You might start getting a split in your belly referred to as Diastatis Recti. Crunches will make this worse!
4) Your connective tissue can become looser due to the release of Relaxin although some experts believe it only impacts the pelvic region. Don’t go crazy when it comes to deep stretching.
5) Balance exercises can get a little more challenging due to the shift in your centre of gravity.
6) Core training exercises that involve twisting can feel just plain wrong when your belly starts to grow.
7) Start your workout hydrated and with a little fuel in your system so you don’t become hypoglycemic and by default, your baby as well.
Here’s a simple workout you can do at the gym or at home with a minor investment in equipment (stability ball and dumbbells):