Exercising During Second Semester

Most women quit exercising the day they enter into the second semester of the pregnancy, believing that exercising may create complications. There is no reason for the fear, because health expert’s advice women to continue with their exercising routine through out the pregnancy. In fact, during the second semester you’re sure to feel much better than you felt in the first semester, with morning sickness and fatigue having disappeared, and you have absolutely no reason to stop exercising.

During the second semester the baby doesn’t grow so big that your flexibility and mobility get hampered. And the weight you’re carrying isn’t so much that exercising can pose the risk of miscarriage. Of course, you may have to slow down a bit on your pace and may have to give up some of the exercises that strain the back or the abdomen, but quitting altogether is not advisable. You should make the most out of your second semester, in terms of exercising, because once the third trimester begins you’ll have a very limited mobility, and you won’t be able to continue with all the exercises.

Here are some of the benefits of exercising during the second semester of the pregnancy:

Exercising will keep your muscles well toned and thus will ensure that your pregnancy moves on smoothly without any complications.

If you’ve been regular with your exercises all through the pregnancy, you won’t face any problems in the delivery room, because exercising will prepare your pelvic region for the trauma it has to suffer during child birth.

During the second semester the fetus begins growing into a baby and for the proper development of his limbs and organs he needs more blood and more oxygen. Exercising ensures that the baby receives enough blood and oxygen as is needed for its proper growth and development.

Women, who exercise during pregnancy, especially during the second semester, don’t find it difficult to lose weight and get back into shape after child birth.

Keep on with your exercise routine even after entering the second semester, but do consult your physician to know what all exercises are safe for you and which ones you should avoid.

Sidharth Thakur