What to Eat While Pregnant

I am pleased to feature Kishana Sainte as a fit mom guest blogger. Read Kishana’s article on “What to Eat While Pregnant.”

Are you pregnant? If you are expecting a new addition to your family, this is an incredibly exciting time of life. Not only is this a time of change, love and family, but it is also a time for looking after your health and making sure that you are doing what is needed to help your baby be a bundle of joy.

One of the best ways that you can help your baby and yourself stay healthy during the pregnancy is to eat healthy. How? Continue reading to learn more on what to eat while pregnant…

Vegetables and Fruit: when it comes to eating that which the earth has provided for us, consuming plentiful amounts of organic fruits and vegetables is of high importance. A growing mom should eat around five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. You can consume these in various forms including juicing, dried, frozen, canned, or fresh. Although it may take more time to prepare fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables do contain a higher vitamin and nutrient content. Also, juices can be high in sugar content, so if possible, try to always eat the fresh variety when applicable.

Healthy Protein: for ladies that are supporting an unborn fetus, you are burning through your calories like there is no tomorrow. To help keep energy levels high and to give your baby growing power try to consume healthy protein. What does that mean exactly? Consume animal-sourced proteins such as chicken, fish, lean beef, and eggs. If you are vegetarian or vegan, try getting your protein in the form of Quinoa, tofu, beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, nut butter and soy products.

Calcium: Calcium is of high importance for pregnant ladies. To get your daily allotments try consuming foods such as low-fat milk, organic cheese, or Greek yoghurt. For those that live a vegan lifestyle, you can get your calcium in foods such as soybeans, bok choy, broccoli, collards, mustard greens, kale as well as calcium infused soy milk and tofu.

Fiber: Super important for pregnant ladies, as it assists with regular bowel moments, fiber also helps you avoid obesity, constipation and hemorrhoids. To get your fill of fiber try eating foods that are made with whole grains. Other foods that offer fiber include wild rice, whole grain pasta, vegetables and fruit. Try to have at least one meal be focused on fiber, such as a salad for lunch or whole grain toast for breakfast.

About Kishana

Kishana Sainte writes on health and lifestyle, as well as diet and fitness articles on behalf of MyDocHub.com, a trusted online doctor reviews and medical information website.

Being a Mom and Being Fit

Fit mom featured blogger, Kate, and her adorable son.

Fit mom featured blogger, Kate, and her adorable son.

I am honored to feature fit mom and guest blogger, Kate. I met Kate via social media a few weeks ago, and I am certain you will appreciate her perspective and level of fit mamma motivation. 

My name is Kate, I’m a work-at-home mom with a crazy little guy (8 months old already!) and a business helping women lose their baby weight. I feel like I’ve had a pretty crazy last year with my son being born and the start of my business, though in truth I’m sure my experiences have been the same as many of yours.

Sadly, when we hear the terms “mom” in our society, we don’t quickly associate it with “fit”. It’s too bad really, since I do feel that being fit makes us better moms! It helps me a lot with my little one and is so much more to me than just my business. Here are some ways I think fitness and motherhood are two peas in a pod.

Fitness means you have the energy to keep up with your little one.

I have an 8 month old child that is crawling EVERYWHERE. He isn’t even walking yet and I feel worn out some days trying to keep up with him! Being fit gives you the energy to be involved in your child’s play as well as their lives! I can remember being a child and my mom always playing with me and I want to give that to my son too as he grows up.

Fitness means you can be less stressed.

How much stress is added to our lives when we add a family? A TON! It can seem overwhelming at times. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to be in shape. There are two parts, exercise its self reduces stress. The other is that if you are fit, the effects of stress are actually lessened. Exercise is a fantastic way to fight back against stress. Stress is a contributor to just about every disease we know about. But you can do something about it!

Fitness means you can be there.

I haven’t outgrown my mom. No matter how old I get, I still need her and appreciate her wisdom and advice. I want to be that for my little guy. But that means I need to be there. And let’s face it, people who are healthy and in shape live longer! On average, individuals who worked out for at least 15 minutes a day lived 3-8 years longer. We all want to see those special moments in our kids’ lives like college graduations, weddings and grandkids.

Fitness means you see yourself better.

Body image is a huge thing for moms like us. It is rough going through a pregnancy and seeing all of the changes in your body and then feeling like a human snot rag to your little tyke. I’ll admit it, I don’t always feel the way that I used to before I had Jackson. I think staying in shape helps with this a TON! If you can feel yourself improving, and feel like you are the best version of you, it helps to combat those negative feelings we all have. Motherhood is hard enough as it is, if you can see yourself better as a person, it will have a positive effect on the ones that your raise.

Fitness allows you to teach.

There’s an old saying, ‘if you want to train up a child in the way they should go, you must first go that way yourself’. It is true. We want the best for our children, and we hope that they learn from us and are better because of it. But they learn so much more from our example than from our words. I think living a fit lifestyle is a very good and powerful gift to give to my children.

So there you have it, this is what I think of when I think of “mom” and “fitness”. How has being fit helped you out in your motherhood journey? Comment below or come join the discussion at facebook.com/beyondfitphysiques.

In fitness,



Exercise in the Ninth Month of Pregnancy

exercise in the ninth month of pregnancy

I ran a 10K with a gym client last Monday.

Women often ask me if it’s “safe” to exercise in the ninth month of pregnancy, and if so, what workouts I am personally maintaining in the final weeks of the third trimester. Of course, it is both safe and important to continue exercising in the ninth month of pregnancy. This pregnancy, I have actually been able to maintain an even more intense workout schedule than I did with my first pregnancy. In part, because I am carrying Baby Boy differently, and in part, because I was more educated and prepared to strengthen important muscle groups this pregnancy to keep me going strong right up until the end.

In my first pregnancy, I had some soreness in my back and pelvis toward the end and had to scale back my workouts quite a bit. This time around, I was sure to do a lot of back and core strengthening exercises to prevent injury or strains in the ninth month of pregnancy when my belly is at its largest. Be sure to check out my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD for ideas on how to strengthen important muscle groups during all three trimester of pregnancy.

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I have been doing more ab workouts on the exercise ball.


If you read my last post, you know I had an eventful Friday night last weekend with regular contractions and a short stay in the hospital. The irony is — the contractions came on my rest day. I got the go-ahead from my doctor to continue my regular workout routine (in fact, when I asked her if I should “take it easy,” she looked at me like I was the crazy one … not even my doctor gives me an excuse to put my feet up for a minute :). Here are my workouts from this past week:

  • Day 1: Ran a 10K with a client
  • Day 2: 3 hours of cardio machines, weights, and running with clients
  • Day 3: 1 hour of cardio machines with a client and 2 fit walks with Emma
  • Day 4: 6 hours of cardio machines, weights, and running with clients
  • Day 5: Rest day with 2 fit walks with Emma
  • Day 6: 4.5 mile walk/run
  • Day 7: 1 hour of plyos and running with a client and 1 fit walks with Emma
exercise in the ninth month of pregnancy

I ran/walked 4.5 miles while supporting a gym client at a race. Emma had so much fun watching!

As you can see, I am still able to maintain a fairly rigorous workout schedule, even in the ninth month of pregnancy. However, I have definitely needed to scale back my intensity and speed during my runs and cardio work. I am still doing a good bit of weight training, but I have modified my ab exercises to do more on the exercise ball versus floor exercises.

I am really hoping that Baby Boy decides to make an entrance into the world this week. I have constant Braxton Hicks contractions, and I’m soooo ready to meet him. I got the green light from my doctor to deliver as early as yesterday, but after about 6 hours of regular contractions, they simply died down. I delivered Emma at exactly 37 weeks. Did you deliver your second later than your first, or vice versa?

A Thrilling Start to My Holiday Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you have some fun plans with friends and family. Last year at this time, I was in FL at our condo on vacation. This year, however, we decided to stay local since I am so close to my due date. Turns out, we made a wise decision.

Baby Boy and I had a thrilling night in the hospital. Got some food, watched a movie, and the pretty hospital gown makes my eyes look good. LOL.

Baby Boy and I had a thrilling night in the hospital. Got some food, watched a movie, and the pretty hospital gown makes my eyes look good. LOL.

Yesterday I enjoyed a relaxing day at home with Emma. We ran a few errands, went to the park twice, and I did some web marketing work. Fridays are typically my rest days from workouts, so I took it easy and relaxed.

I had been to my OB/GYN on Monday, and remarked about how often I get Braxton Hicks (practice) contractions. She advised me to call if they lasted more than one hour and were closer than 10 minutes apart. Well … honestly they are almost always closer than 10 minutes apart when I am working out, dehydrated, or simply busy. However, last night, I was lounging around with the family and the Braxton Hicks were coming about every 5 minutes. Then they slowly started to increase in intensity and frequency until I was getting them every 3 minutes or so despite laying down and drinking water.

Even though I really didn’t want to spend the evening in the hospital, I called my doctor to report on my Braxton Hicks. Since I had already been getting them for 3 hours or so, she asked me to come in. Thankfully, my hospital is only a half-mile from the house, so I did my hair, put on a bit of make-up, and headed over. Brandon was already asleep when this was going on. I tried to wake him up four times with no luck. I flashed the lights, hit his leg, spoke loudly — nothing. LOL, so I let him stay home sound asleep with Emma.

By the time I got to the hospital, my contractions were coming every 1.5-3 minutes. The nurse checked my blood pressure, and it was high (150/100). She checked it four more times and it was high. I have a history of high blood pressure, so I wasn’t especially worried, but they did some blood work to ensure that I didn’t have protein in my blood. The blood work came back great, besides they did find out that I am anemic — hello — that explains why I am sooooo tired lately!


Had an eventful night, but enjoyed a gym client session at my house this morning. Ran a couple miles and felt great!

Had an eventful night, but enjoyed a gym client session at my house this morning. Ran a couple miles and felt great!

I was only 1.5 centimeters dilated, so after a few hours hooked up to monitor my BP (which finally got lower) and the babies HR, they sent me home. LOL, talk about an exhausting night. I honesty think baby Cole is simply ready to come out and meet me face to face. We did a little practice run for when I go into labor again! I am only 35.5 weeks, so I would like to get at least another 1 or 2 weeks under my belt before he comes, but if my water breaks, it’s a moot point!

I think the most ironic thing is — I didn’t even workout yesterday! I actually had a gym client at my house this morning and did a short run. Exercise is the last thing that induces labor for me. Apparently relaxing on the couch is what makes my contractions worse. Haha.

My water broke when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Emma. I really hope my water breaks again because it makes it so much easier to know when to go to the hospital. Did your water break before labor?

New Mom Weight Loss Tips: Get Your Before Baby Body Back

I am thrilled to feature this fit mom guest blog from April Plank, mother of two and VP of Marketing for Medi Weight Loss Clinic. April has her Master’s in Exercise Science, and shares her insight on how to “Get Your Before Baby Body Back.”

Losing weight is hard. Compound that with sleepless nights, colic, and the multitude of demands that new moms face, and losing weight seems downright impossible. A recent study of over 1,600 overweight women showed that three in four of them gained excess weight, and, on average, still carried 40% of that weight a year after giving birth. So how do you go about losing the baby weight and doing it before said baby goes to college? Following are some of our favorite tips that just may help you succeed.

  • Sleep. Easier said than done — we know. But sleeping is important for regulating metabolism. According to a recent study, insufficient sleep increases the risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. If sleeping long stretches at night is out of the question, try to get one or two short naps during the day or sleep longer on the weekends when you may have more help around the house.
  • Stock kitchen with healthy foods. With a little one (and all the demands that come along with a baby), having healthy, easy-to prepare foods readily available will help keep you from binging on salty, unhealthy snacks. Consider Greek or low-fat yogurt, string cheese, prepackaged apple slices, steamer veggie bags, and ready-made green salads.
  • Keep a journal. If you write down everything you eat and drink, you are going to be more aware of what’s going in your mouth. In fact, one recent study says that people keeping a food diary six days a week lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less. Tracking your food intake can help reveal patterns. Maybe you don’t eat all day and then overeat once the kids are asleep. Or you may find you eat well one week only to ruin your hard work with a weekend of “cheats.” Writing down what you eat will help you be more mindful of what you eat.
  • Small changes lead to big results. The key to sustainable weight loss is small changes. Did you know that cutting just 250 calories a day and increasing your daily calorie burn through exercise by 250 calories a day can result in 1 pound of weight loss per week? That 250 calories is less than one 20-oz can of soda. A 160-pound woman can burn 250 calories with just 35 minutes of hiking. One small change a day can add up to 52 pounds lost in a year.
  • Get out the measuring cup. Most of us are suffering from portion distortion and years of eyeballing portions are adding up to unwanted calories. Instead of a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and jelly on your sandwich, level out the tablespoon. Check out the serving size and measure everything before you eat it. You might be surprised at how many servings you’ve really been eating.
  • Make a vision board. If you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you will never get there. Make a board with your “after” weight loss desires — from the clothes you will buy to the places you will travel to the activities you will start or restart. Hang your board in a visible place and take 2 to 3 minutes to visualize your success every day.
  • Wear your baby. Using a sling or carrier to keep baby close during the day will make your baby happier. As a plus, it also will give you a little extra weight resistance as you do household chores and activities. It may not seem like much, but, as your baby grows, carrying around that extra weight will result in weight loss for you. Depending on how often you wear your baby (and her weight), you can easily burn an extra 100-200 calories a day.
  • Don’t finish your kids’ plates. Moms hate to waste those last bites of food, but waste not want not doesn’t apply to your waistline. Over time, those extra bites translate into extra pounds. Kids get hungry often and full fast. So those few bites that you don’t need could be just enough for snack time. Put the leftovers away for the kids to enjoy later.

BMW Maclaren Stroller Giveaway!

31.5 weeks pregnant with Emma (left), and 34.5 weeks pregnant with Baby Boy (right).

31.5 weeks pregnant with Emma (left), and 34.5 weeks pregnant with Baby Boy (right). I am actually measuring smaller with him, but he is measuring bigger than Emma!

I hope you had a wonderful week! I am officially 34.5 weeks pregnant … 8.5 months along and in the homestretch! I delivered at 37 weeks with Emma, and would LOVE to deliver at 37 weeks with Baby Boy (fingers crossed).

Overall, I have enjoyed this pregnancy far more than my first one. Recently I have been sick with a bad cold and feeling rather puffy. Personally, I think my face looks swollen and my nose looks wider than usual. This happened at the very end of my pregnancy with Emma. I am trying to wear my hair slightly bigger than normal, wear cute clothes, put some lighter make-up down the middle of my nose, etc to compensate. Thankfully I have a very nice husband who has been trying to give me compliments whenever possible, and a few of my girlfriends who know I am very insecure about the puffiness have been extra sweet. I am also putting into practice the following tips to ensure that I do not retain too much water.

Here is my workout summary from this past week:

  • Day 1: 3 hours of running and weight training with clients
  • Day 2: 2 hours of cardio machines and track workout with clients
  • Day 3: Rest
  • Day 4: 3 hours of cardio machines and light weight training with clients
  • Day 5: Rest and a few miles of walking with Emma
  • Day 6: 2 hours of cardio machines and plyos with clients
  • Day 7: 3 mile walk/run
Enter the giveaway for a chance to win this BMW Maclaren stroller!

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win this silver BMW Maclaren stroller!

So, onto the FUN stuff! BMW Maclaren has offered to send one of you (my lovely readers) a BMW Maclaren stroller like the one pictured here! This.Is.Huge!

Emma has thoroughly enjoyed her BMW Maclaren stroller, and I feel great pushing her around in a super nice stroller with the BWM logo (who wouldn’t?). It is a very smooth ride, easy to transport, perfect in any weather, looks stylish, and very safe.

Read my  previous blogs on the BMW Maclaren stroller:

Please do one or more of the following to enter the giveaway. Each action is optional, but the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win. Leave a comment on this blog post for each action item that you complete. I will pick a winner on  Monday, May 27, 2013.

BMW Maclaren Stroller

Win this BWM Maclaren stroller and your toddler will be riding in style!

Happy Mother’s Day: “Birds and Bees Teas” Review and Giveaway

Amanda Tress Fit Pregnancy

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mammas and mammas-to-be! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day with your families reflecting on the blessings of life. My day started early with Baby Boy doing somersaults and reminding me of his presence from 3.30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Emma woke up at 6.30 a.m. and ran into my room yelling, “Mommy snuggle?” She crawled up into the bed and under the covers after throwing a small gift bag at me. Needless to say, I’m very tired today, but thankful 🙂

Yesterday we were able to do a quick family and fit pregnancy photo shoot with Erin from Lasting Snapshots Photography. Here is a quick preview (see photo on right). Emma was in a really good mood, so I think Erin got some cute photos of Emma and Brandon! I have a cold this weekend and was feeling swollen/puffy and large at 33.5 weeks, but I’m excited to see how the photos turned out!

Birds and Bees Teas

Birds and Bees Teas

Over the past several weeks, I have been taste-testing Birds and Bees Teas. I received the teas when I got back from my last vacation, and I am absolutely in love with the packaging and branding. Check out how cute these little tins are!

There is a different tea specific for each phase of pregnancy and postpartum recovery. The teas purposes range from boosting the immune system, to helping produce more milk after delivery.

I have taste-tested several of the teas so far, and they are all delicious. I am currently drinking the “Ripe and Ready” tea faithfully, and hoping it helps to speed up my delivery process! It has red raspberry leaves (which I took at the end of my pregnancy with Emma). I got a cold this week, so I will likely start drinking the family immunity tea again this week.


Birds and Bees Teas has been kind enough to offer one of you a FREE tea of your choice!

Please do one or more of the following to enter the giveaway. Each action is optional, but the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win. Leave a comment on this blog post for each action item that you complete. I will pick a winner on  Monday, May 20, 2013.


Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign — Join me and help redefine the female athlete

How do you define beauty? We all know that “beauty is more than skin deep,” but do we truly believe it? Furthermore, are we helping to redefine the female [athlete] and fighting against what the media wants us women to praise as beautiful.

I have the privilege of partnering with both Under Armour and FitFluential in the “What’s Beautiful” campaign to redefine the female athlete. And I want YOU on my team! Are you up for the challenge?

What is the  Under Armour “What’s Beautiful” Campaign:

It’s an 8 week challenge to set a personal goal, partner up with other inspiring ladies on teams to motivate each other, and ultimately compete for Under Armour Swag and a trip to Costa Rica!

How do you sign up? 

Visit the following website and create a profile and set a goal for yourself. Then message me on Facebook (personal or Fit Pregnancy business page) to let me know that you’d like to be added to my Team — “Strong is the New Skinny” so we can motivate each other and keep one another accountable!

So, what goal are you considering for this 8 week campaign/challenge? Perhaps you want to commit to staying OFF the scale and only focusing on eating healthy and sticking to your workout plan. Or maybe you want to train for a specific event. My goal is to train hard through the end of my pregnancy and then train for a Tough Mudder with a couple of my clients after I deliver!

If you sign up for the campaign, be sure you use the #whatsbeautiful and #IWILL hashtags on Instagram and Twitter.

I hope you will join me in this awesome campaign! Let me know if you have any questions and how I can inspire you to reach your goals!

Running in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy: 32.5 Week of Pregnancy Half-Marathon Recap

Running in the third trimester

Running strong at mile 9 with Mallory! I treated Baby Boy to a donut after the race was over 🙂

This weekend I had the privilege of running the Cincinnati Flying Pig half-marathon with three of my gym clients (and friends). It was such a fun weekend, and completing the whole half-marathon was a huge accomplishment for each of us. Read below about some important lessons I learned running at 32.5 weeks pregnant.

On Saturday we left my house around noon so we could spend a good bit of time at the expo. Along for the trip were three of my female clients/friends (Mallory Susan, and Hannah), and Brandon, my hubs. I went to the expo last year as well (but deferred the race registration due to the heat and an injury). The expo this year was 10000 times better than last year! I had so much fun shopping around and getting TONS of free samples. We purchased a few items and then headed to our hotel in Cinci.

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After the expo, we ate a Jeff Ruby’s Precinct. A-mazing!

After relaxing for an hour or so, we got ready to go to Jeff Ruby’s Precinct. This was BY FAR the nicest restaurant I have ever been to! I mean … NICE! The food was a-mazing. We had delicious sour dough bread, yummy crab cake, healthy salads, savory steak and lobster, and some molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream to top it all off. Talk about delish! I can’t wait to go back to the restaurant for a special occasion.

The Sunday morning start time came early. We had to be at the start line by 6 a.m. It was still dark when we were walking through the city. The race itself was sooooo fun! Mallory and I planned to stay together, and Hannah and Susan planned to keep the same pace. I kept my cell with me so we could text progress updates, and I ended up using it a lot to text Brandon and even post on Facebook and Twitter.

Running in the third trimester of pregnancy

We finished the 13.1 miles strong!

Here are some important lessons that I learned about running a half-marathon while 32.5 weeks pregnant.

  • If you are going to run a half-marathon in your third trimester — don’t pick the hilliest one in the state. Cinci is HILLY! We went up some hills that were about a mile long! Thankfully, after mile 10, it was mostly downhill, but that actually killed my knees and pelvis since it added even more pressure. Add the loosening effects of the relaxin hormone, plus a steep downhill grade — not pleasant!
  • Definitely run with Mallory if you are going to do a half-marathon in your 32nd week of pregnancy. Mallory is a nurse and has delivered babies … just made me feel much more comfortable all around.
  • Stay hydrated. Believe it or not, I don’t usually drink water during races. However, this time, I drank at EVERY water station. Sometimes two cups of water! Staying hydrated cuts down on Braxton Hicks and is especially important during pregnancy. I was probably drinking every 10 minutes or so.
The race crew!

The race crew!

  • Find some potty break areas! Mallory and I ran straight until mile 9, and then at the end of a mile-long hill, I took a quick pit stop. Emptying your bladder will also cut down on Braxton Hicks.
  • Tape your ankles and knees! This is something that I didn’t do, and I regretted by mile 10.
  • Wear compression clothing. I wore a compression belly band and it was GREAT! SO glad I had it for added support.

Today I had an OB checkup scheduled and an ultrasound. My doctor was fully aware that I was planning to run the half-marathon, and the first question she asked me when she walked in the door was, “How did your half-marathon go, and how did your clients do?” So sweet! I had a great ultrasound and it turns out Baby Boy is measuring big … he’s already 4.5 pounds and in position!

Workouts in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

32 weeks! Enjoying some great workouts in my third trimester of pregnancy!

32 weeks! Enjoying some great workouts in my third trimester of pregnancy!

Is it safe to exercise in the third trimester of pregnancy? What workouts are appropriate? These are questions that I get often from my clients. And I’m here to tell you — it’s absolutely safe to exercise in your third trimester of pregnancy. Here is a break down of my workouts this past week (I am currently 32 weeks pregnant). Please keep in mind that I am in exceptional shape and maintained a very vigorous workout schedule pre-pregnancy.

  • Day 1: 6 miles of running with clients, cardio machines, free weights, and pilates
  • Day 2: 3.25 miles of running/walking
  • Day 3: 3 hours of cardio machines, running, and pilates with clients
  • Day 4: Rest
  • Day 5: 1 hour of plyos with a client
  • Day 6: 6 hours of running, cardio machines, and lifting with clients
  • Day 7: Rest
Resting today so I am fresh for my half-marathon this weekend!

Resting today so I am fresh for my half-marathon this weekend!

This weekend I am running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon with three of my gym clients. I am SO excited! I certainly won’t be breaking any records, but I plan to finish the 13.1 miles with style (we might purchase some pig noses and tails for the race). I even thought about turning my preggy belly into a little pig face and seeing how many stares I get. HA, just kidding.

Here are some important items to note as you continue working out through your third trimester or pregnancy:

  • Consult with your doctor about working out in the third trimester of pregnancy. My doctor is very supportive of my workouts and intensity level and has not given me any restrictions. She is fully aware that I am running a half marathon this weekend and is really excited to see me for my prenatal appointment on Monday and hear how it went.
  • Listen to your body: If you experience any red flags (cramping, bleeding, shortness of breath, etc) … immediately stop your workout and consult your doctor if necessary. 
  • You will almost definitely have to scale back the intensity of your workouts. I am still working out for the same amount of time as pre-pregnancy, but I have definitely decreased the intensity of my workouts in this trimester.
  • Every pregnancy and every woman is different. Do not compare yourself with me, your pregnant friend, or yourself in a previous third trimester of pregnancy. I am able to do things this pregnancy that I was not able to do when I was pregnant with Emma, but I have also had to scale back a few exercises even more than I did with her. (Ex: I am able to run more than I did with her since Baby Boy is sitting higher, but I have had to stop doing lunges as often because it makes my pelvis very sore).

If you have any questions about working out in the third trimester of pregnancy, please let me know! I would be more than happy to give you advice based on my experience and research.