During this trimester, it’s when you’ll gain the most weight throughout your pregnancy! Women with an average pre-pregnancy body mass index usually gain around 6 to 8 kilograms. Of course, if you want to stay within this range, you need to maintain a balanced and healthy diet, filled with nutrient-rich foods, along with moderate exercise.
At this stage, you’ll probably feel less uncomfortable, tired, and experience fewer nauseous moments, gradually getting the hang of being pregnant. The second trimester is the perfect time to crank up the intensity and duration of your workouts (always keeping an eye on warning signs). If you haven’t started exercising yet or you’re not used to it, no worries. Start with the guidelines for the first trimester (low-impact and moderate exercise in a cool environment), and remember, some exercise is better than no exercise at all!
Even though you’ll feel much better compared to the first trimester, you should now avoid lying completely flat on your back, as it can reduce blood flow to your baby. If at any point you feel nauseous, dizzy, or a bit lightheaded when lying on your back, roll to your side and then sit up with slow, cautious movements.
As your baby grows each day, you’ll be carrying more weight, and you may experience increased pressure on your lower back. Be mindful of your posture and take breaks whenever you need to. To ease the pain, you can try some soothing back stretches and exercises. Check out our catalog to find a few exercises!
Remember, your health and your baby’s well-being come first. Stay safe and reach out to your doctor whenever you feel the need. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun throughout the journey! Enjoy every moment!