My Maternity Fitness Routine

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Since sharing my pregnancy news, so many of you have asked me to share my maternity fitness routine! On Instastories, I often share my fitness photos and I always get asked about what I actually do. For me, fitness has been a constant in my life for the past 16 years since my freshman year in college (wow that’s so long ago!). One thing that has really surprised me is how many misconceptions there are about working out during pregnancy. Many people have even written to me saying to take it easy and that I shouldn’t be working out at all. I always strive to put my baby’s health first and discuss my fitness routine with my OB during each visit. So far, I’ve been cleared to workout as much as my body feels comfortable. My OB always tells me to listen to my body first and foremost. Now that I am in my 7.5 month, I workout 1-2 times a week since I get pretty tired from my day job and my hands and feet are so swollen! I am excited to share my pregnancy fitness routine with you trimester by trimester. Always remember, each person’s pregnancy and fitness journey is unique – do what feels best for you. And always consult your doctor before trying any exercise – especially if you are expecting.  Thank you BASE Athletica for sending me this outfit (non maternity sized up!). Enter code ‘FITSOCIAL’ at checkout to get 20% off all ONZIE and DHARMA BUMS brands until 23 July. Would love to hear about your maternity fitness tips in the comments section below!

My Maternity Fitness Routine

First Trimester

My first trimester was pretty tough. I was extremely nauseous and very tired. Instead of morning sickness, I had evening sickness. Typically, I workout in the evenings so evening sickness made working out even harder. As you know, I like to stay  active. Since I had recently moved to Singapore, I was still trying to make friends, get acclimated to my new home, and find a routine. Honestly, not working during this time made it even more difficult. Working since I was 16, financial independence and a career have always been a priority. During this time, I was a lot tougher on myself than I should have been. Thankfully, I learned to be thankful for what I have and this too shall pass (and it did!). Here’s my First Trimester Fitness Routine

  • Morning Yoga – I always do about 5-10 minutes of stretching each morning. I try to make this my mindful time (although sometimes find myself scrolling through Facebook). I really love these stretches that are easy for pregnancy.
  • Walk 3o minutes each day. In the beginning, I would break this up by walking 15 minutes in the afternoon 15 minutes in the evening since I was so tired. Gradually, I was able to briskly walk for 30 minutes at a time.
  • Trust your body. Often I felt lethargic even though I wanted to workout more. My friend, who it is fitness instructor confided that she too was really tired during her first trimester and didn’t leave the couch much. Hearing that from someone who is incredibly fit and loves working out made me feel so much better.

Second Trimester

At the start of my second trimester on the dot, my tiredness and nausea went away (Thank God!). From here things started to get a lot better. I was interviewing for jobs, making new friends, and working out more. I realized that sometimes I wanted to just veg out and not do much, BUT… I always felt 100 times better after working out. This helped me get back to my routine of working out 4-5 times a week for 40-60 minutes. By staying active, mentally felt so much better. Also I started exploring new opportunities and partnerships for the blog, traveled quite a bit, and truly enjoyed the “honeymoon period” of pregnancy.

  • Morning Yoga – 5-10 minutes of stretching each morning
  • Workout 4-5 times a week – As my body allowed
  • Strength training – 2x a week
  • Cardio, Cardio Kickboxing, Core – 2x a week
  • Online videos – While I almost always did group fitness classes or personal training, during my pregnancy I mostly followed online videos from YouTube. I love BodyFitbyAmy‘s prenatal workouts! Since our apartment has a gym, it was easier and more affordable to workout there (we don’t have a car in Singapore and those Uber rides add up!)

Third Trimester

During the first few weeks of my Third Trimester, I felt better than ever. I started working full-time and loved my new job. When I first started, we had many work events which I needed to manage / attend. I did get tired a lot more easily and learned to manage my energy. I continued to workout but had to cut it down to 2x a week since my hours are pretty long and my body is getting more tired.

  • Morning Yoga – 5-10 minutes of stretching each morning
  • Workout 2x  a week – In the first month of my first trimester, I did one day of cardio / core and one day of strength. Now I do almost all cardio and less strength since my swollen hands hurt when I pick up dumbbells.
  • Walks – I try to walk a lot more and walk about 20 minutes a day. I also try to get in a quick walk during lunch!

Would love to hear about your maternity fitness tips in the comments section below!

  

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Comments

  1. Shireen M says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am 23 weeks pregnant and this is very helpful. Appreciate how honest you are and all the best with your pregnancy.

  2. Trisha Sood says:

    Wow you rock. Congrats on your new job!

  3. WOW…u r one active momma.
    Have a safe pregnancy.
    Aditi
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  4. Great post that I really needed as me and my wife will be expecting a child soon, but she cannot wait to start working out again!
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