Top 10 Second Trimester Pregnancy Workouts {Part 2}

Top 10 Second Trimester Pregnancy Workouts {Part 2}

Did you read Part 1 of this post?! Check out my previous post to find the first 5 of the Top 10 Second Trimester Pregnancy Workouts.

So before we get started, I just have to say that tonight we toured the hospital that I will deliver at! Things. Are. Real. Ah! If only I could put words to the emotions I am experiencing. Joy, eagerness, impatience, nerves, wonder, fear, gratitude, love… there we go. And as you can guess, with all of those emotions at one time comes waves of feeling overwhelmed and almost crying about 3 times in the tour when they talk about newborn pictures, visitors, holding the baby… I mean I was just sitting there and they mentioned one thing and boom! Where did that random overwhelmed tearful feeling come from?! I didn’t even know if it was a sad, happy, or what during the tearful moment. I guess thats just the beginnings of motherhood. Oh the journey that’s ahead!

So, back to workouts: I know that pregnancy is different for everyone, but the things that I have found make me feel the absolute greatest throughout this journey have been working out, eating healthy, and resting! Whether you are pregnant or not, taking care of your body should be a top priority! It is the only place we have to live. We are all guilty of putting self-care at the bottom of our priority list, and honestly, I’m scared for what will happen to my self-care routine when Asher is here! It’s so easy to put off things for ourselves to be able to keep up and succeed in work, family, and household obligations but it really will all catch up with us!

Another thing I have tried to avoid is not working out and eating healthy “because I’m pregnant”. The habits we build when we are pregnant don’t just go away when we aren’t! However, if I am not feeling well, I do let myself rest, and if ice cream sounds like a good treat, I’ll have some (and I hope those habits do stick!).  But for the most part, my diet and exercise regimen has stayed the same. I want to again note that EVERY pregnancy is different though and you do what you feel momma!

I will say one thing I have enjoyed more is fruit and making cookies! I honestly didn’t make cookies before pregnancy! Now, throughout the past few months I’ve made Blackstrap Molasses Cookies, 4-Ingredient Chewy Date Cookies, and Peanut Butter & Oat Carob Chip Cookies ! All Vegan, all Gluten-Free, and all delicious! Perfect for a post-workout treat if I do say so myself!

Now, onto the workouts. I want to encourage all of you- pregnant or not- to just try some of these for 1 week and see how you feel. Make your own modifications to your individual level you are at. And let me know how you liked them!

6) 40 Minute Walk + Circuit

Circuit:

Pilates push-ups  (can do on knees)

  • 8 pushups (down, down, up, up)
  • 30 second plank hold
  • 8 pushups (down, down, down, up)
  • 30 second plank hold
  • 8 pushups (down, up, up, up)
  • 30 second plank hold

3 sets of the following:

  • 12 weighted squats
  • 24 weighted walking lunges
  • 30 second wall sit

Stretch!

7) 45 Minute Treadmill Circuit + Quick Push-ups

Treadmill Circuit:

Warm-up (10 Minutes)

  •  Walk 2 minutes
  • Jog 2 minutes

(repeat for 10 minutes)

Workout (30 Minutes)

  • Walk 2 minutes with weights (1 minute holding + 1 minute forward punches)
  • Jog 2 minutes
  • Walk 2 minutes with weights (1 minute bicep curls + 1 minute overhead press)
  • Jog 2 minutes

(Repeat for 30 min)

Cool Down (5 Min)

  • Walk for 5 minutes

Quick Push-Ups (can go on knees):

  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 wide arm push-ups
  • 10 diamond push-ups

Stretch!

*I LOVED this circuit and tried to do it at least once a week. It will really feel like a great workout without lifting much or running a bunch at a time. If you can push through this, you’ll love it! As always- if it doesn’t feel good to you- don’t do it! Assess your level and modify the workout- sometimes I would do 2 minutes walking + 2 minutes uphill walking if I felt extra crampy or tired- and of course I had to stop after the warm-up for a bathroom break!

8) Pregnancy Yoga Stretch

Yoga Stretch (However many rounds of each you want- I typically did 6-8 of each besides the plank)

  • Cat, cow
  • Table top opposite arm leg extension + opposite elbow to knee (each side)
  • Arm leg side balance (table top – opposite arm leg extension + rotate to arm and leg 90 degrees to the side)
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • Downward dog stretch

*These are great stretches to do at the end of your workout, and as you get into the 3rd trimester they can be helpful to do daily in order to get the baby in the right position for birth! 
** Also check out Tara Stiles on youtube for prenatal yoga!

9) 30 Minute Treadmill Strength Circuit

Treadmill Circuit:

  • Walk 5 minutes
  • Light jog 5 minutes
  • OFF TREADMILL: 2 minute weighted squat + overhead press
  • 2 minute walk
  • 5 minute light jog
  • 1 minute walk
  • OFF TREADMILL: 2 minute weighted lunge + bicep curl (1 minute each leg)
  • 2 minute walk
  • 5 minute light jog
  • 1 minute walk

Stretch!!

10) Perfect Pregnancy Plank Circuit

Plank Circuit:

  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 30 second plank hold on RIGHT
  • 30 second plank hold on LEFT
  • 1 minute reverse plank hold
  • 1 minute forearm plank
  • 30 second forearm plank hold on RIGHT
  • 30 second forearm plank hold on LEFT
  • 1 minute reverse plank hold

*Try to do this all connected with not many breaks!
** I have read many things on the internet that say “Don’t do core workouts while pregnant!” Luckily, we had someone come and talk to my pregnancy group, where I asked about this and she said “Girl you are going to need those abs to push the baby out!” and proceeded to explain these workouts above that can be very helpful in building core strength in the 2nd trimester! *NOTE- as always, if it doesn’t feel good to you- DON’T DO IT!

Again, I can’t tell you enough how much these workouts would lift my mood and make me feel great! I hope you try them! Please post your questions or comments below!

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