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Third Trimester Exercise Routine

Third Trimester Exercise Routine | Prenatal Exercise | Healthy Mom | Labor and Delivery | featured by popular Atlanta fitness blogger Happily Hughes

You’ve made those New Year Resolutions, now it’s time to stick to them!  If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant in the next year, I recommend pinning this third trimester exercise routine graphic, as well as several other posts I’ve devoted to this subject: Prenatal Ab ExercisesSecond Trimester Exercises, and 1st Trimester Exercises.  These are simple and easy to use guides to help you stay on track with your routines during pregnancy.  Obviously, always run your workouts by your doctor beforehand.

Why am I such an advocate for working out during pregnancy?  Oh I have SO many reasons!  Here’s ten just to get you going;

Why You Should Have a Third Trimester Exercise Routine:

  1. It keeps you and baby healthy!  Studies have shown that mothers who workout have an easier pregnancy, delivery, and overall healthier babies. 
  2. The endorphins from exercise fight off some of those crazy pregnancy hormones. 
  3. Lowers your risk of gestational diabetes. 
  4. Lowers your blood pressure. 
  5. Lowers your stress levels. 
  6. Decreases body aches. 
  7. Increases good posture. 
  8. Increases stamina for labor and delivery. 
  9. Postpartum recovery will be easier and faster. 
  10. You’ll sleep better!  Any other mamas suffering that midnight insomnia?  Add a long walk in during the day and you’ll find better sleep at night. 

That being said- here are 4 exercises to add to your third trimester exercise routine (if you already led an active lifestyle).  You’ll notice this third trimester exercise routine focuses mainly on legs and core and there’s a reason- a strong core and base will help you tremendously in labor and delivery!

Third Trimester Exercise Routine | Prenatal Exercise | Healthy Mom | Labor and Delivery | featured by popular Atlanta fitness blogger Happily Hughes

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28 Comments

  1. Such an awesome resource! I haven’t had a child yet, but I do want to in the future and I want to be sure I’m taking the right steps to stay healthy, me and baby! Pinning this for when I’ll need it, thanks!

  2. This is wonderful! I really wish I’d been active and fit when I was pregnant (that was a long time ago!). Happy New Year and best wishes to you and your family 🙂

  3. So awesome to see that you’re staying on top of fitness even in the third trimester! Such a great way to stay healthy and connected to your mind and body!

  4. This is great information. My little one is going to be eight and the factory is very much closed, but I know plenty of expecting moms will be thrilled to have some new moves for the end of their pregnancies.

  5. It’s so amazing how active you’ve stayed throughout your pregnancy. That baby is going to come out so strong and healthy!

  6. So what are you doing for abs moves? I teach a core class and could use some ideas!

  7. This is great, I wish I would have had something like this when I was pregnant. I didn’t work out much at all, but I had some physical ailments that made most exercise uncomfortable. You are looking adorable!

  8. I taught at CU Boulder till just before giving birth. I think my students were more nervous than I was.

  9. I’ve never been pregnant – I can only hope that I have the energy to work out in the third trimester if I do!

  10. You look amazing! Baby #4 is due in August and my youngest is currently 8 months. I am no way close to being in the physical shape it takes to be pregnant. Add to that and I’m sicker than sick with this one so I just feel miserable.

  11. you look great! not planning on being pregnant anytime soon but wonderful resource for those currently expecting!

  12. I did a LOT of walking my third trimester – including laps around the L&D floor of the hospital. I really think staying active makes a huge difference – these are great ideas for women cleared for activity.

  13. You look amazing! I exercised as much as I could when I was pregnant. I think it helped a ton with getting back on the road after I gave birth.

  14. Love these exercises! It’s so important to keep your body healthy and fit during pregnancy for your baby and to help with recovery time after he/she arrives.
    -Linh

  15. Love this! Whenever the time comes for me to start a family I will definitely be as active as I possibly can throughout the whole pregnancy. You go girl!

  16. I don’t have a lot of regrets, but if I could go back, the one thing I’d change about my second pregnancy would be to get more exercise. These look like great exercises to be doing even if you aren’t pregnant. BTW, you look fabulous!

  17. You are amazing! I stayed active during 2 pregnancies and I’m convinced that is why I had such easy pregnancies and labor.

  18. Great workout and you look so good! I did the elliptical and ran through my pregnancies along with some strength training – back then it wasn’t advisable for women to workout during pregnancy so I got a lot of dirty looks at the gym. I had amazingly easy deliveries though so it was so worth it 🙂

  19. Great exercise ideas! I love seeing healthy and fit mamas 🙂 I dont’ have children yet but know when I do I want to be active as much as possible.

  20. you are gorgeous!!! it’s so important to be active in pregnancy, and I was to a point, but I didn’t exercise as much as I should have. These are great exercises to do while pregnant, and even when you’re not.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  21. You are amazing!! Definitely will need this tips one day! You look amazing and are such a trooper/inspiration staying fit throughout your pregnancies.

    Cameron Proffitt

  22. Love this! I hope to stay active when and if I get pregnant. I’m definitely going to pin! Thanks for the inspiration!

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