Hey pretty Mama,
This is a question I get asked a lot so I thought it was important to write about it on today’s blog.
So, today’s topic is about how late into pregnancy you can continue exercising. To be honest, there’s no real correct answer to this question. Every pregnancy is different, and every individual is therefore different, so I think it’s fair to assess this on a case-by-case basis.
Fatigue for some clients sets in a lot earlier, but for some pregnant women, they can get a sudden surge of energy in their final trimester, so it does just really depend on you, as an individual. I personally wouldn’t suggest that you gauge yourself by the others around you, particularly friends who’ve been pregnant in the past, because their energy levels may be lower than yours and it depends on how active they were: a) before they were pregnant and b) how much exercise they undertook during pregnancy.
I’d suggest that you make the decision yourself, about whether you feel comfortable, whether exercise feels safe, and whether it “feels” right for you at that time. You can’t predict the future unfortunately, and you won’t know until the time comes how exercise will affect you and your body.
In your third trimester, you start to lack normal range of movement through certain areas of your body eg your back starts to arch/your rib cage expands etc, and you may find the simplest of tasks like putting your shoes on, quite frustrating. I’m here to tell you that it’s safe to exercise throughout your third trimester, right up until your due date (and beyond if you choose!).
Many pregnant women want to continue exercising for as long as they can, because it helps them sleep better, it helps them deal with stress/anxiety, and it gives them some structured exercise in their day which not just benefits them, but it also benefits their baby as well.
If you’re in your third trimester now and you start to experience that “I can’t be bothered” voice inside your head, what I’d suggest you do is try and remember how great you feel AFTER you’ve done a workout, and focus on that feeling.
Research has shown that babies born to exercising mothers tend to be “fitter” and get higher scores in general health tests at birth. They also seem to be able to deal with stress better, which can only be a good thing when you are thrust into a brand new world from a nice warm womb!
It’s fair to say that you will obviously have to adjust your exercise program as your pregnancy progresses, but hopefully the health benefits exercise offers, will motivate you enough to keep active and keep moving.
Hope this helps pretty Mama, be well, be fit, be strong and always yourself.