You may have heard that the second trimester is like the “honeymoon period” of the pregnancy; where the nausea has settled, you don’t feel huge yet and your body feels almost back to normal. Well, I’d heard from enough women that this is quite often a myth (shock, horror!), so my mindset was to expect anything and everything.
To my pleasant surprise, I did feel like I fell into a “sweet spot” during this trimester. My nausea settled around week 14, I was sleeping well and my tummy hadn’t grown too much so I could move around freely. My energy levels were back up so I was also motivated to exercise at a higher level than I could muster up in the first trimester, so that was a welcomed relief.
My 2nd trimester exercise regime:
- Regular walks, so much more enjoyable with more energy
- Prenatal reformer classes with postural modifications (e.g. using a wedge in legwork to remain in a more upright position)
- 20min spin bike sets whilst instruction pre/postnatal fitness classes…suddenly these felt great again! I self-paced using the “TALK” test, making sure I could always finish a sentence which is easy to keep an eye on when you are instructing a group
- Home workouts with lower intensity/impact interval training
- 3x daily pelvic floor sets
This trimester also gifted me with the incredible experience of feeling my baby move inside me. This started off as small, sporadic kicks at night and turned into regularly timed rolls, bounces and hiccups throughout the day. This really helped the whole pregnancy journey hit home – I became acutely aware that I had a little human inside of me!
During this trimester, I gained a huge appreciation and respect for the female body. It is astounding what it can do and how it can adapt throughout pregnancy. AND the fact that this is all happening whilst the woman just continues living her life, working her job, raising other children. It’s epic!! I’ve watched women through these transitions, but to go through it myself has been a humbling and mind-altering experience.
Emma Kazmirowicz, Physiotherapist