During weeks 7-12, I cut my running down to once or twice per week (though I was back up to 3-4 times a week by the second trimester!) and instead did low-impact exercises like mat Pilates, riding the stationary bike, and this Tracy Anderson DVD. She’s kind of a controversial figure in the fitness world, but counts women like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna amongst her devotees. I decided to give it a try and found it perfect for my flagging energy level. It’s a full body workout that requires minimal equipment (I was even able to bring the DVD with me on work trips to exercise in my hotel room) and never risks you overheating.

Other great exercises include swimming, walking, Yoga or riding a stationery bike. (By all means if you’re a regular cyclist continue, but you’ll want to be extra careful about avoiding collisions or falls). It’s also best to not suddenly pick up running, or tennis, or kickboxing if you’ve never done it before.

In summary, Dr Bean says, “You should be able to push yourself just as hard as before pregnancy in this stage, but it would be prudent to avoid strenuous activity and overtraining. Just remember to avoid doing exercises where your core temperature may compromise the baby’s health (including hot Yoga)!

As always, exercise should make you feel good, and never is that more the case than during pregnancy. The bottom line is that you should always listen to your body, and if something doesn’t feel good, simply stop! Maybe you’ll feel better tomorrow, or in a couple weeks, or maybe you’ll just return to it after having your baby. Every body is different, but just about every body will benefit from exercise!

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