Hello all my beautiful friends! With the first official day of spring yesterday, I hope you were able to enjoy some sunshine. I took a walk around the park with my friend and later took my dog Zoey on a walk. The warmth felt so good, and as always it felt amazing to move my body while the sun was shining down.
Since I was able to get out and be active yesterday, I thought I would share The Pregnant Lady Workout that I’ve been doing throughout the majority of my pregnancy. As always, please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, especially while pregnant. Since I stopped working out in order to get pregnant, I didn’t workout the first few months. When I started, I needed to start slow and my doctor encouraged me to do body weight exercises rather than trying to lift heavy weights. The workout involves no equipment which is awesome because there’s really no excuses! It can be done at your house (like I did during the cold winter months) or outside under the beaming sun. Of course, it can be done in a gym, as well. Go ahead, impress everyone with your pregnant belly at the gym! Not pregnant? No problem. You can do this workout, too! Check it out:
photo by Stephanie Cotta Photography – yes, that’s my belly!
The moves are simple yet effective. Walking lunges always hurt so good; they might be my favorite exercise in all honesty. My upper body has always been weaker than my legs. Combine that with my growing belly, and it makes push-ups extra challenging! I do push-ups on my knees as a modification. Squats have actually been shown to help prepare for childbirth. It strengthens your thighs and opens your pelvis. While sit-ups are not recommended during pregnancy, it doesn’t mean to neglect your core completely. My doctor has told me holding a plank is a safe core exercise while pregnant. Leg lifts are another great toning move. Remember to breathe throughout all exercises!
Want to make it more difficult? (Mostly for my non-preggo readers.) Add weights to the exercises, run sprints or jump rope in between moves, or complete it for time with minimal breaks while maintaining proper form.
You can even do this while watching tv as I sometimes do. I try to fit in this workout at least one time a week if not twice. Walking has been my main form of exercise during my pregnancy, but strength training using body weight exercise is so important, too! During the last month, I’ve started doing a swim boot camp class once a week. Just move, people! Pregnant or not, give it a try. Bonus points if you’re rocking a belly bump!
What’s your favorite exercise move? Did / will you workout during your pregnancy?