If there is something that I look forward to each day, it is my daily workout. Yes, I know what you are thinking… But – I thought you were suppose to be taking it easy. You are right. I am suppose to be lighter on my feet. However, I have been granted the go ahead to do my daily workout, so long as I listen to my body and don’t exert myself too much.
If anything, my daily workouts have been what have helped improve some of the symptoms that I have had as result of my uterine fibroid. It has also helped bring me temporary relief from my sciatica pain.
So while my daily workout regime may not be anything like what it was when I was pregnant with Everly. At least I take comfort in knowing that I am fitting in a little bit of activity here and there when I feel good and well enough to participate.
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Working out during the third trimester can seem almost impossible some days. However, I have learned that it is really important to just listen to my body. If my body feels sluggish and I am just overall exhausted, I rest. However, there are many a times that I know that if I just give myself that little extra push to get the workout in that I will walk away feeling even more energized.
If you are not sure when to exercise during the third trimester, I highly suggest listening Sara Haley’s advice through her top 5 tips for working out during the 3rd trimester:
- Do your workout early in the day when you have the most energy.
- If it doesn’t feel good don’t do it, but in the same note on the days you feel great, do as much as you can, since there will definitely be days where you don’t do much at all.
- Remind yourself of why you’re working out – it’s not just for you. It’s for the baby too. And even if it feel like it’s not doing much now, you’ll thank yourself in recovery.
- Moving your body is enough. You don’t have to be a rock star; you just have to move.
- Always, always, always, listen to your body.
Part of the reason that I love working out during pregnancy is because I love how energized I feel afterwards. Plus, it is also a bonus to know that working out is linked to an easier labour. Just ask Sara…
“Yes, I 100% agree that exercise and easier labor has been linked. Here’s the thing. You NEVER go into a marathon or competing in the CrossFit games without training for it. You’d want to be in the best shape of your life, which is how I feel about pregnancy as well. First off, it’s why I encourage women who are PLANNING on getting pregnant (obviously not everyone’s situation) to get in the best shape of your life. What you can do during your pregnancy depends a lot on what you did prior to pregnancy, so by strength training and pushing your cardio levels prior to pregnancy, you will be able to do a lot more during pregnancy.
The #1 rule for pregnancy, in my book, is to work out at a moderate level for you, so that means you have to be honest and determine what that level is for you. That might mean your intensity needs to be lowered, or perhaps you need to decrease how long or how often you are working out. That does NOT mean that if you have NOT been working out prior to pregnancy that you are off the hook. It just means that you need to begin working out at a slower and less intense pace.” – Sara Haley
I have Sara Haley’s Expecting More DVD, and it has been one of my favourites this pregnancy.
Quite often on the days where I just don’t feel like working out, but I know my body needs some sort of low-impact movement and flow… i will often tune into Expecting More’s Salutations program. Salutations features 30 minutes of soothing and calming movements and stretching. I often finish the workout feeling refreshed and recharged. The best part is knowing that I walk away after finishing this workout having had an amazing flow session while bonding with baby. It is even better when I get to perform my Salutations away from all distractions and my kids… Preferably on a Sunday or an evening when my husband is around to watch the kids, and I can sneak away for 30 minutes.
Yes, believe it or not – the kids will leave me alone for 30 minutes from time to time just so I can stretch and relax. Crazy, I know.
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The days when I have more energy, I will often rotate between Expecting More’s Sweat Strong Up, Synergy, Sweat Strong Down and Sweat Sport. All of these programs run between 20 to 50 minutes, plus an additional 8 minutes for warm-up and for cool-down.
If there is one thing that I enjoy the most when it comes to my daily workouts, it is when I can combine a lot of strength and sculpting exercises with high-energy cardio. Often if time permits, you will find me flocking to do Expecting More Synergy. A 50 minute program that alternates between sculpting and cardio exercises. It is one of those programs that while it can be challenging, it is also fun and helps you break a good sweat without becoming too fatigued (so long as you listen to your body). The Synergy workout is what I like to call my Saturday workout. Quite often as soon as my husband heads out the door to take my daughter to dance on Saturday mornings, I will load up Synergy and get down to business. Saturday mornings are all about me. Synergy just takes my “me time” to a whole other level!
So if you are like me and you feel like being active during the third trimester, I say go for it! Just make sure you have the consent of your OB/GYN or midwife first. All I ask is that you follow Sara’s advice for working out during the third trimester and listen to your body!
To learn more about Sara Haley or Expecting More, visit Sara’s website.
Disclosure: I received various complimentary products from Sara Haley for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.