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Exercise in the Second Trimester

[6 Oct 2010 | No Comments | 4 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Exercise in the second trimesterPregnancy is a great time to pamper yourself, feel special and be waited on. But, it is also a time that you should continue to eat well and give your body the proper amount of exercise and rest.

So many women say that they just dont feel like eating healthy foods or exercising but at this time in your life you are eating and exercising for another person as well. And the health of this person depends upon what you put into your mouth and how you take care of your body.

Exercise in the second trimester has its own challenges that are impacted by the changes that both you and your new little baby are undergoing. At the start of the second trimester you baby is probably 6 inches long and by the end they are 12 inches. They have developed hearing, site, bones are strengthening, digestion and the urinary tract are completing and the heart is pumping many gallons of blood through his little body every day.

You are also growing. Not only is the baby growing in size and weight but so is the placenta, amniotic fluid, extra blood (almost four pounds!) and your body is starting to lay down adipose tissue in preparation for breast feeding. This is all going to throw off your center of gravity and your ability to balance well by the end of the second trimester. You no longer are suffering from morning sickness and you probably feel great. Its time to work out an exercise in the second trimester routine that will carry through the third trimester.

Exercise during the second trimester of your pregnancy is best done with walking or another type that doesn’t cause an impact on your hips and knees therefore non weight bearing, such as swimming or stair climbing. During the second trimester your tendons and ligaments begin to get lax and ready for deliver of your child. This means that will constant pounding you can do damage to your hips and knee joints that will continue to plague you long after the baby is born.

Practice patience during these next months so that you are able to continue to workout and climb stairs pain free after the baby is born. Exercises that are practical and that give you a good cardiac and muscle work out are yoga, swimming, stair climbing machine (done with the correct form), Gazelle machine, and walking.

Drink plenty of fluids when you are exercising so you don’t have any problems with dehydration or over heating. Dehydration can lead to premature contractions which can cause problems. Some women also suffer with varicose veins so using support hose both during exercise and during the daytime hours will help to decrease your risk of further development of these enlarged veins.

Exercise during the second trimester of your pregnancy is an important way of maintaining your health through this experience. Although physicians once told women to put their feet up for 9 months research has found that these women had more difficulty during labor and delivery as well as suffering more injuries once the baby was born.

You may not always feel like going for a walk around the block but with the encouragement of your doctor, your spouse and your friends (and maybe a walking partner) you’ll be walking through your pregnancy and fully ready for caring for your baby after he’s born.

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