In depth, instructional video for pregnant women in their second trimester. This video explains exercises that focus on breathing and stretching, as well as talks about exercises to avoid. Excellent aerobic instruction for mothers to be.
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Exercising During Your Second Trimester Hi, welcome to Baby Belly Fitness. My name is Kelly McBride with babyessentials.com. Our topic for today is exercise during your second trimester. So, during your second trimester you may feel better than you did at first. Second trimester is considered the easiest of the trimesters because your morning sickness symptoms are starting to subside and your baby belly has yet to make its full appearance. But there are some substantial changes taking place in your body. Your body is more vulnerable now due to the increase of the baby weight in the front of your body that changes your center of gravity as well as the increase of the hormone relaxin. It can make your body quite unstable and even vulnerable to injuries. So you need to modify and modify is a name of the game in their second trimester. So because of the instability and the vulnerability in your body you need to eliminate or change some of the things that you do during your pregnancy. Also if you’ll have an existing weight lifting routine be sure to sit down. Laying down and standing up while you lift weigh is not advised and if you want the extra challenge, try lifting weight sitting on a fit ball. Another thing that you might want to consider is to exclude flexion of your torso starting from this trimester. Now, traditional abdominal exercises such as sit-ups and crunches need to be taken out of your exercise routine because they can create a diathesis in your body which will make it harder from you to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy shape. But what should you be doing? Well a good warm up period and cool down period is advised. The warm up period will gently elevate your heart rate while the cool down period will bring your heart rate back to the normal level. And be sure to include your pregnancy conditioning exercises, deep breathing, pelvic tilts, pit circles or all exercises that will help you maintain your strength. Twenty minutes of cardio is recommended that you integrate into your routine to keep your heart and your cardiovascular system strong. And strength training, continue your strength training that will maintain the strength in your upper body so that you’ll have the muscles to pick up baby and all their gear. Your focus during your second trimester is to work towards having good posture through a strong abdominal strength and good body mechanics but most importantly keep moving. Study show that moms who stay moving and then keep exercising throughout their pregnancy have an easier delivery and a faster time of bouncing back to their pre-pregnancy shape. So I hope some of these tips could help. Thank you very much for watching, have a great day. This is Kelly McBride with babyessentials.com.

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