Portland Personal Trainer - Fitness Tips for Second Trimester of Pregnancy

If you are entering or are in your second trimester of pregnancy, here are some quick fitness tips to follow. I would also check with your physician in regards to starting a fitness routine, especially when being a novice.Since this client has entered her second trimester there will be no prolonged exercises on her back (supine position). We are going to be using lower resistance and higher repetitions in order to provide muscular endurance and to maintain strength throughout her pregnancy and after the baby is born. We are going to be using single joint exercises, versus multi-joint. The reason being is because of the possibility of range of motion issues due to the extra amount of relaxin in the body during pregnancy.  In addition, there will be importance stressed on the proper breathing technique in order to avoid intra abdominal pressure or the Valsalva Maneuver.