Prenatal Workout: Months 1 to 3

Today I wanted to share with you a Prenatal Workout {for months 1-3} that I have been doing since finding out we were pregnant! While these exercises are designed for someone who is pregnant, I think they make a great workout plan which focuses on give you strength, stability and overall fitness. Plus, it’s fun to switch it up from time to time with a new routine so I was excited when I came across this plan & even more excited it changes from months 1-3, 4-7 & 8-9.

This Prenatal Workout comes from one of my favorite workout books {I seriously use this thing all.the.time} – The Woman’s Health Big Book of Exercises. It’s pretty awesome because it has workouts that focus on every little thing: Lose the Last 10 Pounds, Wedding Workout, Bikini Ready, Skinny Jeans, the Best Crowded Gym Workouts & even a Couples Workout. I love this book & reference it at least once a week!

Prenatal Workout

I have to admit, I am not the best about stretching before or after workouts. It’s something I know I need to do more of because I know how important it is – so having this workout pre-planned out for me that includes specific stretches that are designed to help my growing belly, makes it more likely for me to complete the warmup.

Prenatal Warmup Months 1-3

Having a Prenatal specific weight workout is something I really love because pre-pregnancy, I was working on doing more weights in general to build  up my strength, so it’s nice to be able to continue that into my pregnancy. This weight workout is mean to be done 3 days a week, with at least 1 day of rest in between each session. {And if you aren’t sure what each move is, just google it – my book breaks it down a little more for me, but they are easy to find images/instructions online if you want more specifics.}

Prenatal Weight Workout Months 1-3

Both the warmup and the weight workout are meant to be paired with a Cardio workout three days a week, on days you aren’t doing weights.

EX: Weight Workout – Monday, Wednesday, Friday / Cardio Workout – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

My typical cardio workout consists of the stationary bike, using the elliptical, spinning or even walking – which is quite a workout in this heat!

I think it’s so important to keep my endurance up as much as possible during my pregnancy as it will only help me in the months ahead. My doctor has said how important it is to stay active as much as possible, while at the same time listening to my body. If i’m not feeling great, I take a day off and I don’t feel bad about that – but I will also celebrate the work I do put in to keep my body healthy & fit during this pregnancy.


Do you have a go-to weight/cardio workout you love?

Please share!


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  • Reply Patty O July 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I exercised throughout my pregnancy until the 9th month and it helped me tremendously in staying in shape and getting back into pre- pregnancy shape as well. Plus it makes you feel great!

  • Reply Melissa July 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Looks like a neat/fun idea!

  • Reply rachel September 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’ve been looking for a prenatal workout…thank you for sharing yours! I’m going to have to check that book out.

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