Working out while expecting is a challenge. Not only does your changing body offer some new limitations (ever tried to do a balance pose while eight months pregnant?), but fatigue, nausea, and all those weird aches and pains that come with a growing belly can also make exercise seem like an impossible task. Fitness experts like mom-of-two Tracy Anderson advise listening to your body and adapting your previously strenuous workouts to accommodate your new body goal: growing a healthy baby. But if you're not sure where to start with your pregnancy workouts, we've got you covered. The following five workouts are mom-to-be-friendly, endorsed by celebrity moms, and will ensure that you and your baby feel strong and energized throughout your pregnancy.
She's trained the bods of some seriously hot mamas — Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Molly Sims, and herself included. Now trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson, who's expecting her second child in May (her son is 13), is adapting her famous workout system for soon-to-be mamas, introducing pregnancy DVDs next month.
Tracy sat down with us to preview the project, which she says will introduce a new workout routine for each month of pregnancy. "I believe in everything being very tailor-made in fitness, so one DVD for your entire pregnancy doesn't really cut it," she says. "I wanted to do a DVD for every month of pregnancy because every month is so different."
Check out Tracy Anderson's fitness rules for each trimester below, and stay tuned: we'll be bringing you lots more from Tracy, including some celeb gossip, her theory on the importance of returning to a fitness routine ASAP after baby, and exclusive pregnancy workouts, soon!
First Trimester: "Take it easy! Be conservative with your movements so your body can settle in with the pregnancy. But still move: it can help with nausea by getting your blood circulating."
Second Trimester: "This is your opportunity to keep things strong and active while your bump is manageable. This is the time to make progress with your butt, thighs, and arms and to keep things alert."
Third Trimester: "Keep working on strength, flexibility, and circulation to help with delivery, but you really don't want to be expending too much energy. This is your baby's biggest growth and development period, and you don't want to spend all of those valuable calories your baby needs on your own vanity."
Throughout Pregnancy: "There's a fine line between being an empowered pregnant woman and being a vain pregnant woman. I run into people who have unrealistic goals of what they want to look like pregnant. Your goal shouldn't be the hottest pregnant woman; it should be to have the healthiest pregnancy and baby. Keep moving and stay healthy, and with my method, you'll be able to get everything back after pregnancy."
Bridget Moynahan is staying very active even in her final days of pregnancy -- She is due to give birth this Friday to a baby boy and ex-boyfriend Tom Brady is the father. Hopefully Bridget is not pushing it too hard and you can pretty much bet that she is going to join the club of celeb moms who slim down quick after giving birth.
In case you're like Bridget and have a bun in the oven, use these tips for exercising safely while pregnant:
- Pregnant women can participate in low-impact aerobic activity three times per week, or even as often as every other day, but be sure to get clearance from your physician first.
- Walking is a great way to get in some low impact exercise that most pregnant women can engage in.
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