MY PREGNANCY WORKOUTS
I am only a few days out from my due date and feel blessed I have been able to be active this entire pregnancy. I wanted to share a quick overview of how my workouts changed through this pregnancy. Remember, this is my personal experience. As a certified personal trainer, I advise you to listen to your own body and reach out to a fitness professional if you have any specific questions regarding prenatal fitness.
I started to modify my workouts at around 20 weeks. I remember my first pregnancy being so confused on what exercises I could and couldn’t do. I never wanted to push myself because I was scared it would impact the baby. This pregnancy I felt more confident in my fitness routine. I credit that to being more educated. Before pregnancy, most of my cardio was from running. Running is convenient cardio for a mama to complete with your kids in a stroller. I stopped running pretty early in my third trimester because it just didn’t feel good.
Barre and Pilates were my main workouts through this entire pregnancy. I attended Barre3 2-3 times a week and always felt amazing when I left. Barre3 offers childcare which meant I didn’t have to use nap time or get up extra early for my barre workouts. As a fitness professional, I am aware of how I needed to modify the core exercises but don’t be scared to ask the instructor. They will always have prenatal modifications for you. I practiced Pilates from home 3-4 times a week. My advice if you want to practice Pilates throughout pregnancy is to find a studio that offers a prenatal specific class or make sure the studio knows you are expecting before signing up for group Pilates classes. So many of the classical exercises do need to be modified for later in pregnancy and you want to make sure the instructor is aware.
FAVORITE WORKOUT GEAR FOR PREGNANCY
I don’t like buying a lot of maternity clothes just for pregnancy. The good news is there is so much activewear you can wear for pregnancy and beyond. Sharing my favorites below: