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Too Tired to Exercise in Early Pregnancy
By Sara Holliday, MFT, CPT

Sara Holliday - Fit by SaraQ. I am just starting my 2nd trimester. I work full-time and prior to my pregnancy, I exercised every evening. Now, I am so tired when I get home from work that my exercise routine is non-existent. Should I try to push through that fatigue and exercise anyway? Any suggestions for what I might try? I know exercise is important to keep me fit for labor.

A. In each trimester of pregnancy you'll likely experience different degrees of energy because your hormone levels are changing. Therefore, if you're feeling fatigue donít push yourself, listen to your body and get the rest you need. On the other hand it's equally important that you stay fit.

Exercise has been shown to reduce pain typically caused by pregnancy and provide the strength for an easier labor. Also women who are fit during pregnancy will bounce back quicker after baby.

It sounds like you're really tired in the evening, which, by the way, will likely carry over after you have your baby as well. I recommend that you exercise either in the morning prior to going to work or during your lunch break. Yoga is a fantastic exercise to try during your pregnancy (and beyond). Many of the postures release muscle tension in common areas such as the buttocks and low back, plus there are postures aimed at opening the pelvis to aide in delivery, and breathing techniques to gain deeper connection with yourself and your baby. Many yoga studios now offer prenatal yoga and there are a range of prenatal yoga DVDs you can do in the comfort of your own home. Another great exercise you can do from the beginning of your pregnancy and beyond is walking. Walking tones the thighs and buttocks and will help aide in reducing muscle tension.


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