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Neon Gym Picks & Tips for Working out in the Third Trimester

Workout Gear in Neon

Beach season is upon us and it is time to start showing some skin! We all know this means stepping up our gym routine (and using a few extra tan towels!). When it comes to working out, I personally prefer to hit the gym in the AM so I can get it out of the way, but motivating can be tough. Thanks to some neon bright updates to my gym wardrobe, I definitely have more pep in my step (even if it is just to show off the outfit!).

Here’s what gym garb I am loving for Spring {clockwise}: Under Armour Pulse Sneakers (similar), an EleVen Topspin 1/4 Zip Pullover, a FitBump Theia Patterned Tank {maternity}, and EleVen Power Leggings in Wild Orchid.

Underarmour pulse sneakers, fitbump tank, EleVen for Venus Pull Over

Now getting real… staying fit in the third trimester… how am I doing it? Well, I am not a true ‘expert,’ but since this is my second go-around with the whole baby bump thing, I have some life experience in the matter. First and foremost remember to not be hard on yourself. Everyone’s body is different so if some days you just feel ‘off,’ then put those feet up and take it easy. If there are days you are feeling more energized, then take advantage. I have found from both of my pregnancies that working out from the start of the pregnancy through as late into the end as possible kept me feeling better, sleeping deeper, able to get my post-baby-bod back quicker, and overall just feeling better about myself.

So here are my tips for working out / being safe / and keeping your baby healthy in the Third Trimester:

  • Come up with a schedule: I make plans to workout Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and then assume on the weekend I will take some long walks or be busy running around with the family. I like to alternate with a day off in between so my body can recover. Having a plan keeps me disciplined while taking the days off helps my muscles to be more energized for workout days. If my schedule gets crazy or I am not feeling my best I try to at least do some slow walking on the treadmill!
  • Kick start your week with a class: I always book a workout class for Mondays. It sets a “healthy” tone for the week plus makes me feel better if I did a little too much indulging over the weekend.
  • Stick with what you have been doing: If you have been spinning, doing barre classes, or prenatal pilates, keep up those same exercises, just slow down your pace. Give up the sprints and put down the weights, but try and stick with the class for the duration. 100% stay away from anything you have never done before. Since you know how you feel during and after those exercises you have been doing all along, you can gauge if you are pushing yourself too hard. Some new class may feel fine while you are doing it, but then may leave you limping or even injured afterward. At 32 weeks pregnant I am still doing Flybarre or Soul Cycle once a week. For flybarre, I use 1 pound or even no weights and then for Soul Cycle, I don’t do the sprints or the abs, and I rest when I need to.
  • Hydrate constantly: Bring extra waters or electrolyte drinks into your workouts and drink even when you think you aren’t thirsty. I always force myself to drink at least 3/4 of a 16.9 ounce bottle of water during a workout. Remember you are drinking for two!
  • Refuel right afterward: Have a snack and electrolyte drink immediately after you workout. I always bring a G2 and a banana or granola bar with me so I can have it as I exit the gym. If you don’t eat and drink right away, you run the risk of feeling shaky. Been there and it’s not fun!
  • Focus on Strength: My doctor always stressed that strength training is the most important form of exercise to maintain when pregnant because it helps during labor, so I like to do light weight strength training (using 2 pound weights) at least 2 days per week. Cardio is harder as the time goes on anyways since you are carrying so much weight, so I just try and do a mix of arm and back weight exercises, squats and lunges (no weights because my belly is the weight), and even some yoga inspired abs for a total of at least 20 minutes. When it comes to cardio, I run, elliptical, and spin in the first trimester for 30-40 minutes per session, I elliptical and spin for 30 minutes per session in the second trimester, and then in the third trimester I do a mix of elliptical, spin, and incline walking on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes per session.
  • Avoid Heavy Lifting: While strength training is important, lifting anything too heavy can be very dangerous. Stick with higher repetition and lighter weights. Also be careful to lift with your legs and not from your back! {I must say I was terrified of lifting just about anything in my first pregnancy, but this time around since my 23 pound, 15 month old daughter loves to be carried, I am realizing you can in fact carry more than you think. I would say be careful, but don’t have a heart attack if you by accident lift too much.}
  • Revive: It’s important to mix in Prenatal massages, reflexology massages, and various circulation massages (at a spa or from your husband) when you continue to workout late into the pregnancy. Sometimes sharp pains or muscle cramps can result from not stretching well enough, so it’s important to have someone rubbing your muscles and keeping the circulation flowing. And hell, the way I view it is if you are working out at this point, you deserve it! From mid-second trimester through the end, I go for a prenatal massage every 3-4 weeks and then I get a good foot and calf rub every other week at my pedicure.
  • Kegels: Yes, it’s incredibly important to keep those vaginal muscles strong so you can pop that baby out quickly. Gym or no gym, you can do these anywhere!
  • Prenatal Workout Classes: There are so many days where I wakeup feeling badly for myself and totally unmotivated to workout. Those are the best days to attend a prenatal workout class because you are in a room full of women who totally understand what you are going through but also have a goal of staying healthy and fit. You will be able to cheer on women who are early in their pregnancy (and maybe even answer some of their questions!), while you may be inspired by some women who are still working out, yet are weeks ahead of you. I always walk away with new friends and new motivation after these classes.
  • Listen to your Body: If you are tired, rest. If you are thirsty, drink. If you are sore, stretch. The bottom line is that working out should help you feel better, more flexible, and healthier. If it’s not fulfilling any of these feelings then maybe it’s just not your day! Go home, get a good night sleep, and tomorrow is a new day! Remember this is a time when working out isn’t for being vain and svelt, it’s about keeping your heart, mind, body, and most of all, your baby healthy!

Spring Workout Clothes Neon Sneakers, Tie Dye Prints

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Hot Pants

EleVen For Venus Workout Pants

 EleVen TieDye Leggings $24 / EleVen Pink Tank $25

When it comes to my workout attire {see other outfits here}, I like to dress as trendy as I do in my day-to-day fashionable life. So much like printed denim hit it big, printed workout leggings are now the hot commodity. How amazing are both of the ones I am wearing by EleVen for Venus Williams? And aside from being incredibly cute, they are “legit” movable/ comfortable activewear {which is not surprising considering the famous tennis star has spent enough time in the gym to have given them a thorough test run.} What I love most about printed leggings is that for days when I spend the entire day wandering the city in my workout gear {come on, I have a 7 month old and spend a lot of time carrying her around in an Ergo – cut me some slack!}, I still look like a hip lassie! For those of you who work Monday – Friday and on Saturdays don’t feel like getting “dressed,” you can still look cute running errands by reaching for these rather than your usual boring black leggings {or worse, sweatpants!} – It can be our little secret whether you plan to hit the gym or not! Not sure you can pull off this trend? They are surprisingly do-able for all shapes and sizes. Wider hips and fuller legs look great by pairing them with a longer tank to cover the tush! Meanwhile gals with bigger bellies, but slimmer legs can pair them with a shorter looser top to attract more attention to their best asset! Checkout out more pieces from their new collection here.

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Trendy Workout Wear

pregnancy workout clothes

Jacket: Anatomie Biker Jacket in Lt Pink / Tank:Lululemon No Limits Tank in grey / Leggings: Anatomie leggings / Bag: Lululemon Daily Om Duffle / Shoes: Nike

anatomie mesh track jacket

On weekend mornings I find that I am never in the mood to get “dressed”. Getting dressed involves blowdrying the front of my hair, putting on makeup, and wearing a pair of cute boots… WAY TOO much work!! I usually designate my weekend days for running a million errands (aka being on my feet) so I need straight up comfort. Not to mention, we spend 5 days a week looking “put-together” for work so don’t we deserve a break?? So, whether I plan to attend a gym class or not, I absolutely love throwing on cute workout clothes for a truly productive day off.  This is accompanied by un-blowdried hair thrown in a ponytail, a quick application of mascara and creme blush, and best of all, sneakers! If after my errands I still have energy for the gym, god bless!

While this may sound very un-FH of me… I am not saying that I throw my style out the window! Gym attire doesn’t have to equate to oversized t-shirts you got from attending a charity event and frumpy sweatpants… it can, and in my case, DOES equate to cute skinny pant workout leggings, a trendy workout tank, a fitted hoodie or zip-up, cool pop-color sneakers, and an oversized Lululemon gym bag.

Lululemon Daily Om Dufflegym cary-all bag by lululemon

How to achieve this look? Two brands you can’t go wrong with are for trendy workout clothes are Lululemon and Anatomie. In my pics, I am wearing a combo of the two… my leggings (super soft and could double for everyday work-wear attire with a tunic) and mesh jacket (so lightweight) are Anatomie. My ‘No-Limits’ tank top (with a built-in bra- bonus!) and over-sized gym bag are Lululemon. I especially love how the Lululemon bag also has an optional long strap for some cross-body action when all of my shopping makes it a tad too heavy for my weakling arms. I topped off the look off with Nike sneakers (although I am less concerned with the brand- how cute are they with their neon pink accent)?!

So bottom line, I am ready to run into people whether it’s at the gym or in a swanky store in SOHO… and (*bonus) if your shopping gets you a tad overheated/sweaty, go with it …. you can always say “you just came from the 10 am Soul Cycle class!” (Our little secret!)

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Plan to actually hit the gym after your busy day? Check out other fun workout wear in my Fitness section!

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