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Even though I knew exercise was vital for a healthy pregnancy and birth I found myself lagging in the exercise department around week 24 of pregnancy. (See my post on 7 Great Reasons to Exercise While Pregnant) My belly was getting big enough that it was getting in the way and high impact exercises felt really uncomfortable. I became demotivated. Slowly, I fell off the bandwagon of exercise. When I realized where the problem lay, I fixed the solution with forming a new workout plan. Suddenly, I was motivated to workout again! May you find the perfect workout plan for you in this season, and may you be motivated to stay fit and healthy!
Big Belly Pregnancy Workout #1
Approximate time: 20 minutes
I rotate this workout with my Big Belly Pregnancy Workout #2. It might look like a lot, but it goes pretty quickly. Once you run through the routine a few times it becomes second nature. I have this written down and when I do this routine I look at my list so I don’t have to rack my brain on what comes next.
Weights: You’ll need two dumbbell weights (For example: 8lb small dumbbell pair). Start with a weight level you’re comfortable with and increase as able.
- 10 Bicep Curls from a standing position (3 sets)
- 10 Triceps Extension from a standing position (3 sets)
- 8 Side Lateral Raise (2 sets)
- 8 Overhead Presses (2 sets)
ABS: You’ll need two dumbbell weights. Start with a weight level you’re comfortable with and increase as able. See this website detailed description of this ab workout here.
- 10 Dumbbell Side Bends
- 10 Standing Core Twists
- 10 Standing Crunches
- 10 Dumbbell Uppercuts
- 20 Front Kicks (10 each side)
- 20 Back Kicks (10 each side)
- 20 Side Kicks (10 each side)
- 20 Front Punches (10 each side)
- 20 Side Punches (10 each side)
- 20 Upper Cut punches (10 each side)
- 20 Hook punches (10 each side)
- 2 minute Sitting Squat
- 50 Kegels
- 50 Pelvic Rocks
Stretch: Finish with three minutes of light stretching. I have a stretching routine, and assume other do too. Would seeing an example stretching routine be helpful?
Have you found your happy place with an exercise routine in pregnancy? What works for you?