The fitter you stay during pregnancy, the easier it will be to snap back afterward. And if you start during the first trimester, you’re much more likely to stick with it when the going gets tougher (and you get bigger). Don’t make the mistake of letting yourself go, thinking you’ll check back in and recover nine months from now. That will only make things way too hard on yourself! I was used to working out and I tried to keep that up as much as I could during the first trimester, so this is the longest mix I made while I was pregnant. I picked tunes with a good rhythm that aren’t as hard-core as I like when I’m really going all out. This mix is a blend of strong, upbeat songs and more mellow stuff to remind you to go easy on yourself.
First Tri Playlist
- “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
- “Home” by Daughtry
- “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls
- “Cherish” by Madonna
- “The Joker Mash-up With Everything I Own” by Jason Mraz and Chrissie Hynde
- “Stop and Stare” by OneRepublic
- “I Shot the Sheriff” by Eric Clapton
- “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
- “Silent All These Years” by Tori Amos
- “Slide” by the Goo Goo Dolls
- “Drops of Jupiter” by Train
- “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
- “Hands” by Jewel
As I’ve mentioned before (yes, many times, but what can I say—I’m a big fan of yoga), if you’re not already into yoga, this is a great time to start. If you don’t have a good studio near you, you can buy DVDs to try at home, and if you hate the music they play as much as I do, try turning down the sound (once you understand the positions) and play your own music to motivate you. Good tunes are key to helping you get in the mood. This is my favorite yoga mix, and it’s good for walking, too.
Second Tri Playlist
- “Fix You” by Coldplay
- “Flake” by Jack Johnson
- “She Talks to Angels” by the Black Crowes
- “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel
- “Cherish” by Madonna
- “Thank You” by Alanis Morissette
- “Breathe (2 a.m.)” by Anna Nalick
- “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles
- “Hate Me” by Blue October
- “I’ll Be There for You” by Bon Jovi
Toward the end of your pregnancy, you’re going to feel uncomfortable and unwieldy. Don’t beat yourself up about it...but don’t give up on moving, either. This was the mix I listened to all the time during my third trimester. It’s perfect for mellow workouts, gentle stretching, yoga on your own, and relaxed walks. It’s fun to listen to, and I hope it will help you enjoy this time to get in touch with all that’s happening to your body.
Third Tri Playlist
- “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
- “Yellow” by Coldplay
- “Lay Down Sally” by Eric Clapton
- “Everybody Needs Someone Sometime” by Jewel
- “Meet Virginia” by Train
- “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
- “Accidentally in Love” by Counting Crows
- “Thank You” by Dido
- “Every Day I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello & the Attractions
- “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” by Jason Mraz
- “How to Save a Life” by The Fray
Think of your workout time as “me” time. It’s important to allow yourself to enjoy these fairly mellow exercise sessions and just be in the moment. That’s one of the reasons I love prenatal yoga so much and recommend it so strongly. It emphasizes getting in touch with and listening to your body. But really, a nice long walk would do the same thing, if you take the opportunity to be introspective and calm. My point is, don’t spend the whole walk on your cell phone. Allow yourself to slow down, breathe deeply, and fully appreciate where you are.
Working mom Alison Sweeney is an award-winning actress and host of NBC's The Biggest Loser. For more fitness tips from Alison, check out The Mommy Diet, a month-to-month plan for a healthy body and mind before, during and after pregnancy.
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