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First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS!! I assume if you’re reading this post there will be a pretty significant life change for you in the next 6–9 months! Truth be told, someone near and dear to us just announced that she was pregnant (NOT my wife!) and was asking about some workouts that would be safe for her to do. I told her that I would come up with something for her and voila – here we are!
Stairs, jogging, even jumping jacks should still be okay at this point in the game! Pick your favorite and rock it out for about 3-5 minutes.
Great for the thighs and butt, but kick on the hip external rotators with the “toes out” position and we’ve got a great exercise for your SI joint as well!
Push Ups (modified if necessary)
One of my all-time favorite at-home exercises. Remember to check your form – straight back and keep you stomach sucked in.
Great exercise for the obliques; kick on the transverse abdominis (probably one of the most important muscles in your abdomen) by sucking in your stomach and flexing it tight.
30 seconds each side
Repeated three times and then on to circuit 2!
Probably my favorite for the lower back and SI joint. Again, first trimester (and even up through the second) the belly should still be enough under control to make this one possible.
Repeated 3 times!
Congratulations! You totally nailed it! By doing this workout regularly (2-4 times per week) throughout the first (and into the second) trimester you should maintain strong muscles and be on your way to a healthy pregnancy.
Looking for more great workouts safe for a first trimester? Here are some low-impact workouts that should be right up your alley!