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Exercising During Last Trimester

By Jodie Lynn


I am pregnant with my first baby and would really like to continue to exercise right up to the time of delivery, if possible. Of course, I realize I may need to slow down a little, especially during my last trimester. What should I change during this period? Are there certain running and weightlifting activities to avoid during these last few weeks?


I started running in middle school and continued through most of college. Once I got married, it seemed like it did not fit into my busy schedule so unfortunately, it was several years before I picked it up again. I was running around two miles, five days a week when I became pregnant with my first child. My OBGYN had me cut it way down during my first trimester, especially since I had never been pregnant before and needed to be monitored. Beginning at the end of my fourth month, my doctor allowed me to run a little more. I worked on it slowly and built it back up to one mile seven days a week. Each time I tried to do more, everything started hurting, then I had to take a couple of weeks off and start all over again. I did find a sports doctor who specialized in helping pregnant women find a comfortable exercise routine and he provided me with stretching regiments that helped immensely before and after running. He also taught me a few strength training routines that seemed to help my stamina. I had to switch to a new OBGYN simply because the first one refused to work with my sports physician. The new doctor had no problem keeping in contact with the sports doctor, if either one had a concern. Everything worked out well for me but each person needs to be treated for their individual situation. - Ashely A. in San Diego, CA


If you have been exercising for a while now, you are well aware of what your body can and cannot handle under normal circumstances. Of course, pregnancy adds many new variables to the mix. Either way, this is an excellent health question but needs to be addressed by a qualified medical professional for your specific situation. Sometimes, we feel that our OBGYN might be lacking when it comes to knowing what today's pregnant moms can pursue when it comes to exercising during pregnancy. Talking with a sports physician who specializes in exercising plans for pregnant women might be a helpful alternative, but as suggested above, your current doctor needs to be aware of it. The two physicians must be in communication with each other. I feel that your current doctor is the one who has monitored you and your baby up to now and knows how you are doing. Unless you have the time and money to go in a different direction, just enjoy the last trimester and exercise in moderation to ensure the best outcome for the baby and yourself.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including,,,,, and Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
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