Is it safe to exercise in the third trimester of pregnancy? What exercises are good for the last month of pregnancy? Is it possible to keep the same level of fitness as pre-pregnancy even in the last few weeks before “D-day?”
I recently had the privilege of working out with personal trainer, and 9 month pregnant fit mom, Erin Brooks. Erin has a 3 year old daughter, and is due with her second daughter in a couple weeks. She was committed to stay fit during her first pregnancy and has maintained her fitness level throughout her second pregnancy as well.
Watch Erin’s answer to the following questions: “What has been the biggest challenge to staying fit throughout pregnancy?” And, “What advice would you give to pregnant gym clients?”
Erin admits that every woman and every pregnancy is different, and all of us deal with different hurdles to maintaining our fitness level throughout pregnancy — especially while doing exercises in the third trimester of pregnancy. But Erin stresses that the most important thing is to continue a workout routine, even if your exercise has to be altered and modified in the third trimester or last month of pregnancy.
Half-way through Erin’s pregnancy, she started dealing with pelvic pain, and chose to get a pool membership to continue her workouts in the pool. She is now recovered and able to run again — In fact, she ran 5 miles this morning before I saw her for our workout, and she is only a couple weeks away from her due date! I had a similar situation during my pregnancy and had to slow down my running pace and scale back with running and transition to swimming due to pelvic pain (and the hormone relaxin). Continue to listen to your body and call your doctor if you experience red flags while doing exercises in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Stay tuned for more mini clips with Erin to be posted in the next couple of weeks. One clip is a circuit using light weights, and another clip shows Erin doing some pull-ups and medicine ball burpees in her last month of pregnancy! Pretty amazing. Be sure to check back.