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Third trimester exercise

(17 Posts)
Swishyswashy Thu 10-Sep-15 18:18:55

How much did you do? Was really active up to 24 weeks, now mid 3rd trimester and struggling to hobble for a 20 minute walk- sore back, varicose veins, hip pain, knackered ness etc. Miss proper exercise soooo much. Is it possible to do anything other than swimming and is it normal to struggle to do anything other than lump around?!

NoArmaniNoPunani Thu 10-Sep-15 18:21:35

I'm 24 weeks and I almost fainted at pregnancy pilates. I think that's my body telling me to slow down. I was doing tough spinning classes up until 22 weeks.

Terramirabilis Thu 10-Sep-15 18:22:16

Third tri exercise: Lift cake to mouth. Repeat.

ShamelessHarpy Thu 10-Sep-15 18:22:40

I stuck to a brisk daily walk and swimming a couple of times a week after about 24 weeks. I just couldn't do anything aerobic, and yoga hurt my pelvis.

mumofmunchkin Thu 10-Sep-15 19:00:57

terra grin

Poppytime Thu 10-Sep-15 20:07:49

Almost 37 weeks and doing some pregnancy yoga (although only recently since I started mat leave), and a couple of pregnancy specific fitness classes - low impact aerobics and weights. Walking too. Getting slower though but hoping to keep it up until, well until baby comes I guess! This is dc2 and did similar, probably a bit more, during my first pregnancy. But it's all relative - don't push yourself! Swimming is supposed to be good, I just don't have a pool convenient to me otherwise I'd try it. I recommend walking though, and I also recommend the cake lifting exercise proposed by the PP wink

Swishyswashy Thu 10-Sep-15 22:08:48

Thanks! Good to hear everyone's similar. Luckily have managed to do the cake lifting several times today. Think it has made a difference to my arms already...

ChicaMomma Fri 11-Sep-15 13:34:13

I'm planning on doing terras routine for definite

Last time i also did some online Pilates on YOutube, i'll dig out the link and post it here, it was very do able but you need a ball for it. Highly recommended. I think pilates of all things really does help with labour and recovery!
I'm 18 weeks pregnant now on second pregnancy and cycling in and out to work, 10 miles round trip. Hoping to keep this up for another 6 weeks anyway, then continue with yoga and pilates once each a week.

ARV1981 Fri 11-Sep-15 13:49:45

Yep, terras routine sounds like my kind of workout!

CityDweller Fri 11-Sep-15 21:38:03

Pilates once a week - am currently 36 weeks. But it's proper 1-2-1 with the equipment, taught by physios. And they work me quite hard! In fact, it's one of the things I credit with keeping the spd at bay in this pregnancy (had it from very early on last time). Cycling (shortish distances on a very upright bike - Boris bikes) probably every 3rd day or so when that's the easiest way to get from A to B. Walking everywhere. Occasional swimming.

But also plenty of cake-lifting

gcerron Sat 12-Sep-15 09:06:33

Sorry girls can you explain me how to do the cake lifting please?? I can't find it in Google. Thank you. I am 35 weeks and I am just doing walking.

Focusfocus Sat 12-Sep-15 23:13:07

Uhm. Cake lifting is when you cut a slice of cake and take it to your mouth to bite into it and eat it. Did you not get the joke?

I am 33 weeks. The drive to pool, getting changed, getting changed back, driving back is all a it much. Manage walks someday, do lots of birth ball stuff, all fours, some yoga, am generally active but that's it, no sustained exercise.

Skiptonlass Sun 13-Sep-15 11:18:59

Much as I'd love to be scampering around in trimester three, I'm knackered, a bit broken and have been told by the consultants to sit on my arse and eat cake (it's going very well, there's a delightful concoction in the fridge for mid afternoon fika.)

Im usually quite a stubborn 'it'll be fine, I'll just get on with it' person and inactivity has been hard to cope with, but I figure there will be plenty of time after the little one arrives to get my fitness back.

Listen to your body and your doctor - pregnancy can be a strain on your body even if you have no other complications. You're working hard!

CoffeeAndOranges Sun 13-Sep-15 21:38:40

I fully intended to be active all through pregnancy but totally underestimated how much it would take its toll. The running stopped very quickly in tri 1 as I felt so sick & tired, I managed a few feeble gym sessions in tri 2 but was so breathless then around week 18 the spd hit and after that, even a 20 min walk left me in pain. I'm 30 weeks now and have been swimming a few times which has been good, but apart from that, I'm struggling. Pottering around the kitchen (making cake! Amongst other things) and not sitting or standing still for too long at a time is the only thing I can do. I am so sad to not be doing more as I've put on loads of weight and feel like a hippo but I am scared to do too much in case the spd gets so bad I can't walk at all and in case I do permanent damage.

I look forward to being able to walk without pain, sit without discomfort and hopefully one day after Christmas get back in the gym. Til then I have to be kind to myself.

Might try some you tube Pilates though (will google for spd specific) as I have a ball - it might help for labour.

newbian Mon 14-Sep-15 02:11:55

I was doing 1-2x a week in the gym but last workout really took a lot out of me (32+5). So think other than swimming and the normal walking around I do as a city dweller will be stopping everything else.

CloudsofBrick Mon 14-Sep-15 09:03:13

I've just found out I'm expecting my second and I'm a dance teacher. Fully aware I'll have to continue to work hard through to the end. I have just retired from competing last time so didn't dance during pregnancy - this will be interesting!

I was bloody knackered after classes last week, dizzy and weak. Need to up my calorie intake I think.

BeautifulBatman Mon 14-Sep-15 09:08:17

Birthing balls come with exercises you can do. Am quite enjoying mine.

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