Exercise Tips for the Third Trimester

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You’re in the home stretch…yay! (That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.)

Even though the end is near, it’s more important than ever to stay active and healthy, for both you and baby, even with all the loveliness that the third trimester entails.

Here are a few of my third trimester exercise tips.

Do what you can

By now, you’ve probably gained at least 20 – 30 pounds. Remember that that’s 20 – 30 pounds your body wasn’t used to carting around just 7 short months ago! That, in and of itself, is a good little workout!

So, if you’re feeling well enough, do what you can. Take walks every day (if you aren’t suffering from SPD, like me) or do workouts that feel good for your body.

Find what works for you

Hopefully, you’ve been exercising your entire pregnancy (since starting now would be ill-advised by your OB). Ideally you’ve been able to stick with the same program – albeit cut back a little.

My favorites during pregnancy? A mix between the Tone It Up prenatal workouts and the Bloom Method studio workouts. Now, later on in pregnancy, I’ve been doing a lot more with the Bloom Method, because it really focuses on core and pelvic floor strength, preparing your body for labor, and getting into a good headspace for birth.

Ease up where you need to

I significantly decreased the number of workouts I was doing during the second trimester when my SPD became an issue. But I also exercised smarter: dropping in weights and always lifting when I was wearing my belly band to help support my growing bump.

No matter where you need to ease up in your exercise routine, listen to your body. It’ll tell you what is working and what’s a little too much right now.

Remember you’ll feel better after

I especially like to remind myself of this when I’m too tired to exercise. Typically, unless I really, really need a rest day or am especially sore, I feel better and more energized after a workout.

Keep telling yourself: even 5 or 10 minutes is better than none!


What are your third trimester prenatal exercise tips?! Tell us in the comments below!


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