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Exercising While Pregnant

Exercising While Pregnant

I know I should’ve been blogging during my pregnancy all along, but it’s never to late to start right?

First let me talk about where I am. This is my 3rd pregnancy in 4 years, so my body has been through A LOT (this will be my 3rd C-section since my pelvis is to narrow to have a natural birth)! This pregnancy has been the toughest for me, probably just because of having a 4 year old and a 16 month old running around and depending on me, having pregnancy sickness, being tired, etc. So I wondered how do I make myself feel better? The answer…..exercising while pregnant.

I exercised while pregnant with my second son much more than I did with my first, but not really enough. I always though, how will that really help? I’m going to gain weight anyway, no one will notice my hard work (which it shouldn’t be just about how I look), I’m to tired, blah blah blah. I used every excuse in the book. I am a personal trainer and fitness nutritionist, so I know how important it is to stay active and eat right; it just seemed I was letting excuses get in my way. This third pregnancy was really expected after using fertility pills and I found out I was pregnant before my 2nd son even turned a year old!!! As you can imagine I was scared and shocked. I knew right away that I had to do something this pregnancy to keep myself and the baby healthy. The first few months I didn’t do much because I was sick, but during my second trimester I was ready to go. Here’s what I did……

My strategy was to not do a super intense workout that would be dangerous, but do a workout that would keep me and the baby healthy. I’m am not a medical doctor please remember that, this is just a routine that worked for me.

Here’s my 5 day routine during my 2nd trimester:

  • Mon-Wed-Friday – I did Sculpt 1-2 from Power 90. I used 5 lbs weights and went at a    pace that worked for me
  • Tues-Thurs – I would walk (on the treadmill when my 16 month old napped) for 20-30 minutes listening to my music to pump me up!!

Starting my 3rd trimester I switched it up a bit since it was getting harder for me to do pushups and bend and squat:

Here’s my 5 day routine during my 3rd trimester (I have 8 weeks to go til baby boy is here!!!)

  • Mon-Wed-Friday – Yoga Booty Baby – love this program because it helps you focus on stretching and breathing, which really helps during labor and post-partum
  • Tue-Thurs – 20-30 minutes on the treadmill

This pregnancy has been going much better since I started working out, I was always doing a workout every day when not pregnant, but as soon as I got pregnant I got scared as to what I could and could do and what was safe. This routine has been amazing for me, and lets me still get a good workout in that’s good for me and the baby! Exercising while pregnant has made all the difference for me!

My nutrition is a factor as well, but that is another blog post coming up.

Please feel free to ask me any questions about your pregnancy and working out. I have been there and I would love to talk to other mom’s to help them out, make them feel better and just be a shoulder to lean on!! Thanks to all who read this!!

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  1. Very helpful post Tricia! Keep it coming!

  2. Good info going to send this to my friends and family that are pregnant.

  3. Exercising during pregnancy is so important. I didn’t because I was high risk having twins. I do encourage it! It’s great! Some just add being pregnant as an excuse to “eat for two” and “I’m so tired” or whatever else they can think of. Great blog!

  4. Although I’m not pregnant or plan on having any more kids (knock on wood! LOL) this was very useful information. I worked out when I was pregnant and it just made labor and getting back into shape afterwards a lot easier. Great info!

  5. I really wish I had exercised throughout my pregnancy. I really enjoyed reading this! Good Luck to you.

  6. GREAT INFO!! Good luck!!!

  7. This was great. so many people think they shouldnt execise while pregnant! Love it!

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