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Exercise in your Third Trimester

Hopefully you’ve been able to exercise consistently throughout your pregnancy and that doesn’t need to change during your third trimester. Just continue to reduce the levels of intensity depending on how you’re feeling and never work to levels of exhaustion and fatigue. Listen to your body and remember it’s good to stay active and keep moving during this trimester.

Thanks to your ever-growing baby bump, your balance might not be the same and you may find you don’t feel stable doing certain movements. Again, every pregnancy is different so do what feels right for you.  If you start to notice movements that are becoming uncomfortable, keep these to a minimum.

I had to stop running during my second trimester because my bump was so out front and I felt like I was going to fall over, face first thanks to the excess weight in front of me!

At this point of your pregnancy journey you may be starting to feel more flexible, thanks to your joints starting to loosen, as your body prepares for child birth. Be careful though! You don’t want to push yourself too far as it may cause injury.

Don’t forget you now have built-in resistance with the extra weight of your bump too! Making leg and upper body exercises during the FHIT-natal workouts that little bit more challenging. Enjoy the challenge, but make sure you rest when you need to.

During the third trimester there’s still a strong focus on core and pelvic floor exercises with added attention on diastasis recti or abdominal separation. It’s best to keep twisting movements to a minimum and hopefully all that good core work you’ve been doing during your first and second trimester is paying off now.

Take each day as it comes and enjoy these final few weeks of your pregnancy!

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