Working out for two
Even though Doctors are recommending it and more expecting mothers are becoming comfortable with it, a lot of women are still scared about working out during their pregnancy. How much is too much? What exercises should I avoid for now? And the list goes on. Like I've said before, it's ok to continue with your regular physical activities during your first trimester (avoiding contact sports like kickboxing and high risk activities as horseback riding and mountain biking) as long as you don't over exert yourself and you make sure to keep yourself hydrated with water before, during, and after your workout. If, on the other hand, you are new to exercising you want to begin slowly. Beginning with 10-15 minute walks or stationary bicycling until you build it up to 30 minutes a day is a perfect way to increase your activity level and help alleviate the unwanted pregnancy back pains, boost your energy level and avoid excess weight gain.
For those of us who have decided to give it a go and who have enough energy to continue working out at the gym, once our baby bump starts showing I am sure we will have the added stress from people who will be pointing fingers and commenting about how crazy we are and how bad our exercise routine is for our unborn child (can't wait for that).
With that said, once you enter your second trimester, as I have (15 weeks) you will have to make some exercise adjustments. You want to avoid all exercises where you are lying on your back (like crunches and bench press), no yoga back bends or inverted poses, no high intensity aerobic/cardio routines and avoid all movements that involve you jumping or bouncing around. Main thing for second trimester is to listen to your body, decrease the intensity, increase the rest periods and once again, drink lots of water. Also remember that getting a workout in doesn't necessarily mean going to the gym. A nice swim if you have access to a pool, yoga session at home, or sweet walk with your love for even 30 minutes is perfectly acceptable as your exercise for the day.
While working out for two, keep it fun and lets just enjoy our pregnancies ladies. 'Til next time lovelies!