cornflake dreams.: my favorite maternity workouts.

12.17.2014

my favorite maternity workouts.

Before I became pregnant I had a busy workout routine that included a variety of fitness classes, including barre, yoga, pilates, and weight lifting. Fast forward 27 weeks and I'm getting close to my third trimester of pregnancy (yah!!). I have been pretty good about staying active throughout my pregnancy - working out or walking at least 4-5 times a week. Now that my due date is getting closer and the holidays are here (hello cookies!), I want to make sure I continue working out. I'm hoping the workouts will help me have a healthy pregnancy and baby, and hopefully it'll be easier to get my pre-baby body back after I deliver. Here a few of my favorite workouts and tips: 

1. Start with a workout you love. I am a huge yoga fan -- it always puts me in a great mood and I feel relaxed afterwards. So I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my workouts during pregnancy and thankfully most pregnancy books that I have read recommend yoga as a safe and effective workout option. To keep yourself safe just skip the moves that put you on your stomach (cobra, locust, bow) or include heavy twisting. I also like to include the Pilates side-kick series at the end of my yoga routine.
2. Pick up some free weights. Weight training with dumbbells is a great way to maintain muscle mass during pregnancy and prepare those arms for holding a baby in the future. I like this ten minute arm video.
3. Roll it out. I took a self-myofascial workout class when I lived in Chicago and I still use those moves to massage my muscles after working out. I also like to use my foam roller to do guided squats (stand with your back facing the wall, put the foam roller behind your back against the wall and squat down -- I try to do 2-4 sets of 25 squats).
4. Search online for workout videos. After reading positive reviews on Amazon, I purchased Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project, it's a series of nine dvd's with a 45-minute workout for every month of pregnancy. The workouts are no joke and I always feel sore the next day. I like that the videos can be done at home with minimal equipment (all you need is 3-lb free weights, towel, chair, and yoga mat). I try to do the DVD at least once every other week.
5. Go for walks. When I can't make it to the gym, H and I like to go for long walks around our neighborhood after dinner or on the weekends. It's a nice way for us to do something together outside of the house and sneak in a little exercise. 
6. Write it down. Whenever I workout I write it down on my calendar, that way I can visualize how often I am working out and keep myself accountable. It's also a great way to see if you need to shake up your workout routine with something new.
7. Dress the part. Just like before pregnancy I am more motivated to workout when I feel comfortable in my clothes. Thankfully a few of my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit (gotta love that stretchy material). I like to layer my Albion Fit Go Long Tee with a GapFit Breathe Heathered Tank. The pants are a little tricker -- I ended up buying a new pair of yoga pants and they fit under my bump (just order one size up).

Mamas what are your favorite maternity workouts?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. I'm not a doctor so always consult your doctor before trying out a new workout routine -- and listen to your body! :)

16 comments:

  1. Baby girl is kicking as we read this post! haha I'm so glad you posted this bc I was just telling another blogger how I needed the motivation to do some sort of workout!

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  2. I loved prenatal yoga when I was pregnant! Really helped with a lot of aches and pains I was having. Walks were great too!

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  3. Love all those tips:) Happy Wednesday, darling.

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  4. You have been a rockstar with your workouts during your pregnancy! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Love this post and your tips! I'd love to find a good prenatal yoga class! I need to get my butt in gear that's for sure.

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  6. Does getting up from the couch a million times to pee count as a workout? ;)

    These are great tips! I wish I had kept up with some sort of workout routine. I was just so darn sick the first 18 weeks and then I lost all motivation! I'm going to try to make the last 10 weeks more productive though!

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  7. Love this! I work out 4-5 times a week too, and I've been wondering how much I'll have to modify things when I'm pregnant. Yay for yoga :)

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  8. Love this!!! I am so thankful for Pure Barre during this pregnancy! xx

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  9. Good job on staying fit through pregnancy! It will make labor way easier :)

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  10. You are so good to work out while you are pregnant! I used it as an excuse to eat whatever I want and be as lazy as I could. I dont suggest it. It was hard to lose all that weight after I had my daughter!

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  11. I've slacked lately but I love prenatal yoga! You should join me at one of the classes! These are great tips though, definitely comfy clothes are key because once you grow out of your normal workout tanks, they get annoying during yoga when your belly keeps popping out. haha

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  12. i'm a big yoga fan, so love that you have prenatal yoga on here! definitely gonna store all these ideas away for the future!

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  13. I LOVE yoga but I haven't done it in forever. I feel like when I get pregnant I'm going to need to hardcore get back into yoga! Props to you for still doing something 4-5 times a week!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  14. I was so good about working out with Sawyer. I was out and doing yoga, zumba, long hikes, etc. But now that we live in VA and the weather is colder and I have a toddler, it's harder. I found some great youtube videos that I do when I have 20 minutes to myself or I try to get to the gym and just walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I'm also trying to eat healthy and limit sugar more this time around. Hoping all this makes a good delivery and quick recovery.

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  15. Maybe I can handle these now... hah j/k but I'll need to reference this later for SURE! ;)

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  16. I really should incorporate yoga into my routine.

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