During the first trimester, your body will go through a lot of changes, both emotional and physical. Whether exercise is part of your lifestyle, or you’re starting a new routine, it may be the last thing you feel like doing. In actual fact, if your pregnancy is complication-free, this is the ideal time to tune in with your body, embrace an exercise routine that suits you and/or modify whenever needed; it will benefit you in the long run and make you feel better almost instantly.
After the first trimester, you may notice that your energy levels increase and you are generally feeling better. Although this may be the case, you must be cautious of overdoing it. During this phase the levels of relaxin (a hormone which softens your ligaments in preparation for birth) increase which can result in overstretching or exerting your ligaments and cause injury.
When it comes to how long into your pregnancy you can continue to exercise, there really is no rule. In theory, you can continue to exercise throughout the third trimester right up to your birth date. As your baby and body grown you may have to switch to gentler exercises such as swimming or water-based exercises, yoga, pilates or walking. However there is no reason why you cannot continue with gym based exercise too if you enjoy it, so long as appropriate adaptations are made.
It’s important that you tune into your body and find a routine that works for you and makes you feel good.
I have worked with expectant mums for many years and will devise a program that is suitable for your level and needs.