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Exercises to Avoid When Pregnant in Your Second or Third Trimester

From the Community: Exercises to Avoid Later in Pregnancy

Recently, OnSugar blogger Coach Lark Says offered advice on how to work out while you're pregnant and in your first trimester. Here's a follow-up post with more advice on exercises to avoid in your second and third trimesters.

In my last post, I went over the benefits to exercising while pregnant and listed some basic guidelines.

In the second and third trimester, you should limit or avoid altogether:

  1. Supine (back lying) exercises, especially exercises where the legs are not moving. These can cause some circulatory problems with blood returning back to your heart from your uterus.

Two more exercises to limit in your second and third trimesters after the break.

  1. Forward-hinging at the hips or waist, on account of increased midsection weight, which makes these movements awkward. They also pose a risk of dizziness or heartburn.
  2. Overhead pressing, to protect the lower back from the already-increased load it is under, due to midsection weight gain. Use lighter weights and dumbbell exercises to work shoulders instead.

The takeaway message? Exercise regularly and moderately, work your core to keep it strong for birthing, stay well hydrated, do not overheat, and stay off your back in the second and third trimesters.

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And by the way, congratulations!

P.S. Postnatal teaser: You should exercise at a very easy low intensity, or not at all, for six weeks after you give birth. Then we will employ a whole new set of guidelines to get you back into top form.

Check out more tips at Coach Lark Says and start your own blog here!

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