First of all, I try to do at least 30 minutes of cardio activity 6 days a week. This might be something as low-intensity as taking our little shih-tzu, Winston, on a 30 minute walk or playing a very friendly game of tennis with my husband. When I opt for the gym I use the stationary bike, elliptical, or rowing machine (I don't trust myself on a treadmill on right now). I have cut back on the time and intensity that I used to spend on these machines as I'm just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. From everything I've read regarding exercise during pregnancy it is very good for momma and the baby! Below are some fun facts I've learned from a Mayo Clinic article .
Why exercise during pregnancy?
-Ease or prevent back pain and other discomforts
-Boost your energy level
-Prevent excess weight gain
-Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related high blood pressure and postpartum depression
-Increase stamina and muscle strength, which helps you prepare for labor.
I'm usually not much of a workout video user but I recently purchased two pregnancy specific workout DVD's from Amazon to try. :) (My husband has already gotten plenty of laughs from this!)
So far, I'm loving the energy that comes with the 2nd trimester and incorporating exercise into my daily routine!