The homestretch. The third trimester of your third trimester. C’mon, don’t you want to be “that girl” bragging “I worked out till the day before I went into labour!” Just kidding. Don’t be that girl. ;)
This is one of the work-outs I’m doing in the homestretch of my pregnancy. It’s not intense. It’s doesn’t take too long. It’s not going to leave you laying on the floor gasping for breath when your done. I feel great when I finish. I feel like I’ve actually moved this big ole’ body of mine.
The third trimester work-out Krissy shared a few weeks ago was a fantastic full-body strength workout. But these days I haven’t been feeling up for it. At 37 weeks pregnant I’m all for quick and efficient. This third trimester work-out gets the blood flowing, keeps my body from shriveling up like an old lady’s, and of course can be enjoyed from the comfort of my living room while watching one of my two current obsessions: Homeland or Mr. Selfridge. It only takes about thirty minutes.
Equipment Needed: Resistance Band + two light dumbbells (I used 10lbs)
Step 1: Warm-Up
10 of each – Forward Static Lunges, Backwards Static Lunges, Side Static Lunges.
10 Standing Scapular Wall Slides
10 Body Weight Squats
10 Wall Push-Ups
Step 2: Strength Training
1. 10-15 Assisted Deep Squats
This is major labour prep, since I’m a huge fan of squatting during birth. I hook a resistance band into a door frame and use it for support to get into a nice deep squat. Maintaining a neutral spine is really important. Knees over toes!
2. 10-15 Inclined Push-ups
I use the arm of my couch, but you might have a bench or table you can use. Another alternative is to do push-ups against the wall (as in the warm-up).
3. 10-15 Romanian Deadlifts
I use my two ten-pound dumbbells. My stance is slightly wider than normal to accommodate my big pregnant belly! Again, neutral spine is very important. If you feel any strain in your lower back, best to stop.
4. 10-15 Seated Rows
Back to the resistance band. Use feet as an anchor and do 10-15 rows.
5. 15 Standing Hip Abductions
I step to the left five times, step to the right five times. Back to the left four times, back to the right four times… 5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1… The total will be fifteen reps on each side.
Repeat three times in a circuit.