First Trimester Exercise
Your first trimester exercise workouts must be specifically designed for the body changes you are experiencing. While you may not be showing that you’re pregnant, you will sure be experiencing some body changes that remind you each day.
Learning that you are pregnant is an exciting time. Along with the excitement comes a new wave of uncertainty and anxiety about what you can and cannot do when pregnant.
It is vital that you start off on the right note when it comes to exercising while pregnant. There are exercises you must avoid as they can be down right dangerous to both you and baby.
Only Participate in an Approved Prenatal Exercise Workout
with a Qualified Prenatal Instructor!
In fact, your health care professional will recommend that you participate in an approved prenatal program.
As you you progress through each week of your pregnancy, your body will change, and so should your workouts.
Exercising when pregnant is highly recommended as long as you participate in safe pregnancy workouts. Here are some tips to help you get started during your first trimester.
First Trimester Exercise Do’s and Dont’s
1. Only Exercise in Your First Trimester After Consulting Your Doctor
The first thing you should do when you find out you are pregnant is to visit your Doctor. During this visit, speak to your Doctor about your intention to continue exercising and if you have any health conditions that need to be taken into consideration.
Once given the all clear, you are ready to start your first trimester pregnancy workout.
2. Be Aware Of First Trimester Symptoms
You may experience some significant body changes during your first trimester. This includes experiencing; nausea and vomiting, dizziness and other symptoms that affect if and how you exercise. Listen to your body and accept the importance of resting when required.
3. Your Priorities Have Changed
When you are pregnant, you must modify the intensity and duration of your workouts. This also includes avoiding contact and high-impact activities. You should also avoid activities that increase your heart rate dramatically be sure to listen to what your body is telling you.
4. Forget ‘The Bikini Body’ Sales Pitches
Some of the most popular online exercise programs push the message to women that they need to get a bikini body. Being pregnant is not the time to start such a program if it requires you to dramatically change your diet and exercise routines just to lose weight.
Healthy eating when pregnant ensures you are getting all the required nutrients for both you and baby.
5. Use Common Sense When Exercising during Your First Trimester of Pregnancy
• Avoid contact activities and sports.
• Don’t exercise in extreme weather conditions.
• Do not exercise to exhaustion.
• Avoid high-impact sports and exercises.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
• Acknowledge that your body is changing and rest and recovery is also important.
6. Avoid Hot Weather Conditions and Drink Water
It is important that you keep your core temperature stable by avoiding hot weather conditions.
Exercising in a controlled environment is advisable if you live in a hot climate which is why my online PregActive pregnancy exercise videos are a great option. No matter where you exercise, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
7. Pay Attention to What You are Eating
It is important to pay attention to what you eat when pregnant for the health of you and baby. When you exercise you also need to fuel your body with the right nutrients to ensure you have the required energy to workout.
8. Understand the Importance of Rest and Recovery
It is OK to rest if you are not feeling up to exercising. You must listen to your body and learn to back-off on pushing yourself if you are feeling unwell. If you still want to be active, then try one of my 20 minute prenatal yoga or relaxation videos.
9. Let Your Instructor Know You Are Pregnant
Now is not the time to try and be a hero. If you continue to participate in a personal training session or a gym class then it is vital you let your trainer know so that they can modify your program and will be aware not to push you to exhaustion as previously done.