For most women (sorry if you are not most women), the 2nd trimester is a time of renewed energy. Nausea usually subsides or at least only rears its ugly head when blood sugar is low. In fact, the 2nd trimester is when most women feel up to easing back into a fitness routine.
This is the ideal time to solidify healthy habits so you can enjoy the many benefits of an active pregnancy throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
Here are just a few of the benefits of exercise during your 2nd trimester.
Prevent Gestational Diabetes
Regular exercise helps to regulate blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy pregnancy weight. These are two of the gestational diabetes risk factors that we can control.
Prepare Your Core
Your growing uterus puts pressure on your abdominal wall, pelvic floor and connective tissues. Now is the time to connect with and strengthen your deep core muscles like your pelvic floor and transverses abdominals. Your 3rd trimester self will thank you.
Protect your back
As your uterus gets heavier it pulls your pelvis forward increasing the curve in your lower back. Having a strong core (see above) helps to take the strain off your back as you progress through your pregnancy. Strengthening your glutes, and stretching your low back and hip flexors will help as well.