Published on February 01, 2016

Pregnancy Workouts

In my 20’s, I lived in Omaha and had a membership to 24 Hour Fitness. I loved going to the gym, whether I was dragging myself out of bed at 5 am for an ab workout and spinning class, or an afternoon workout on my own. I have never been a “Skinny Minnie” like our oldest daughter, Taylor, but I definitely have been in much better shape than I have in my late 30’s. Before Tessa, I was becoming more active. Once she came along, my focus became more on my family, work, and balancing the two together -- and less on myself.

During my pregnancy with Tessa, I joined Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Mom’s in Motion Aquatic Fitness class. We met twice a week and did cardiovascular and strengthening exercises. Being pregnant in a swimsuit is most mom’s nightmare. In this class, no one cares. Everyone can relate to what you’re feeling and experiencing. The class was very beneficial with my sciatic nerve that gave me fits, especially later in the pregnancy. It’s also a great time to meet new expecting moms and chat about random topics such as what baby classes to take, where to register, what items to register for and those to avoid. I learned a lot from the other moms, and felt the class itself was great for me and baby physically.

This time around, I didn’t do any particular exercising during the first trimester. I didn’t have time, with all the morning (and night) sickness I experienced! The hustle to and from the bathroom seemed to be exercise in itself!

Second trimester I started going to our hospital's employee fitness center over my lunch breaks. I wasn’t there to train for a marathon, but there for the cardio activity to keep me moving. I had three machines I would use: an elliptical, treadmill, and the NuStep (a low impact total body workout machine). I especially loved the NuStep. But as time went on, the design of the machine and exercise became increasingly uncomfortable with having one of the twins carrying low.


Our dog, Sami.

I’m now at week 27, and still active. I’ll admit, I’m slowing down. I rejoined the Mom’s in Motion Aquatic class, and love getting some "me time in the pool. I have added prenatal yoga workouts to my routine, to help with relaxation and increase exercise. Turns out the benefits are greater than feeling relaxed. Yoga also helps improve sleep, which every expecting mom needs, reduces stress, increases strength and muscle endurance, and decreases lower back pain. Tessa likes to join me and show off what she calls her ‘tricks’ (somersaults and attempts at headstands), and Sami (our Shih Tzu/Yorkie) uses it as the chance to try and get herself a belly rub.

I won’t be running a marathon right before delivery, but I hope to stay as active as possible. Our marathon will be starting after the twins arrive!

Learn about exercise during pregnancy

Exercise is good for healthy pregnant women who are receiving prenatal care. Try to do at least 2½ hours a week of moderate exercise. One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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