Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout | Parents

Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout | Parents

>>Hi everyone, I’m Andrea Orbeck, fitness
expert and pregnancy fitness specialist. I have with me today Carrie. She is in her second
trimester. Together, we’re gonna show you some of the exercises you can do in your first,
second, and third trimester. We’re gonna do a 10- minute circuit. All you’re gonna need
is some water, 3- to 5- pound hand weights, and a good attitude. So, we have 10 minutes
on the clock. Here we go. You’re gonna start out with a little bit a big motor movements
with your legs. Carrie is gonna show a nice wide plie. Shoulders down and back. Palms
up at your shoulders and we’re gonna do squats for 15 repetitions where you go. Very good.
So, you know, it’s a couple great things. Good posture, nice open knees, and you’re
wanting to squat into your glutes through your heels and through the quads. Very good.
This exercise is really gonna come in handy as you start to get heavier in your later
trimesters; you’ll need the strength in your legs. Very good. Counting down five, four
more, last three, awesome posture. Two more from here and one. Very good. So now, we’re
gonna move in to the cardio component. A little bit closer, wide base of support. 30 seconds
on the clock. Nice quick movements. Where you go? Very good. So this movement will not
only continue to stimulate your legs and your quads, you’ll also get a little bit more heart
rate. It’s very important to do your cardio simply because your system is working already.
You wanna be able to complement it. Very good. So you’ll notice her weight’s on her heels.
Shoulders down and back. Can you start feeling your heart rate?>>Oh yeah.>>Very good. Nice
job. You wanna make sure you’re breathing nice and deep. Five more. 4 more seconds.
Three, two, and one. So now, we’re gonna move into dead lifts. You wanna use 5- to 8- pound
hand weights. Nice and slow. 15 repetitions through this movement. Hinging at the hips.
Stand up nice and tall. So your breathing pattern is to bend over. Inhale and then exhale
as you come up. Very good. You’ll notice that Carrie’s posture is nice and tall at the top.
Shoulders down and back. Knees are slightly bent. Now, of course, if you get winded or
you need a break, you go ahead and take it. Very good. Dead lift are extremely important
because as your center of gravity starts to change, you wanna be able to be able to practice
bending over and standing up. It’s a very important skill to have. This our last five,
Carrie. Very good with breath and posture. Four from here. We have bent over rows coming
up. Last two. Last one. Standing, catch your breath. So the next one, we’re gonna continue
to complement that posture kinetic chain, which is your posture. You’re gonna bend on
over nice and deep in the knees and then pull through. Very good. So, we’re 15 repetitions
again. Now, of course, as you start to get very heavy in the boobs, there’s gonna be
a tendency to slouch. So, you wanna be able to make sure all these muscles are strong
to oppose that slouch. Very good posture. Can you feel the back doing the work? Good.
Her setup is good. She has five more from here. Last three. Last two. Good girl. Last
one. So, we’re gonna move back into that cardio component and a little bit of abs. Single
arm, pull, elbows to knees, 15 seconds where you go on the clock and begin. Excellent.
So, this is a great way to do standing core training to get all those rectus abdominis
muscles and the deeper they’re called transverse. They help the core conditioning and your lower
back. Four more. Last three seconds. Two and one. Switching sides. Very good. Good. So,
doing single- leg exercises can be beneficial because we compromise our stability. If you
feel that you need a chair close by, go ahead and use it. Awesome posture. Good speed. Good.
All right. So, here you go. I’m gonna have you do nice and tall biceps curl, shoulders
down and back. Very good. So just because you’re growing and all of your changes in
your 40 weeks doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your arms. It’s really important
to keep your core conditioning out. We’re gonna do five more from here. Four more. Very
good. Last three ’til triceps. Two and one. Catch your breath. We’re gonna do bent over
triceps at the back of the arms, pull into a row, and then go ahead for 15 repetitions.
Good. Get those triceps at the back of the arms. Nicely done. There’s a lot of preparations
as you prepare for childbirth. You want your body as strong as you can. Once your baby
is delivered, of course you could choose to breast feed and you’re gonna hold your baby
for long periods of time. You you’re your upper body to be strong. Five more from here.
Four. Last three. Great posture. Two and standing up. Very good. Catch your breath. We’re gonna
transition actually into postural specific muscles the rotator cuff. Palms facing up.
Extend outward. Very good. These are ones you should do as often as you can. It helps
oppose the slouch when that heavier bust and belly start to pull your forward. Five more
from here. Four. Very good. Last three. Two, awesome, and one. Okay, Carrie, ready for
round 2?>>Yeah.>>Good. So, we’re gonna start from the top, round 2, the same movements.
We’re gonna have plie squats. 15 repetitions. Very good. Now, of course, if you’re way more
conditioning, you can add 5 to 10 repetitions on if you have the time. Otherwise, for the
sake of the 10- minute workout, stick with the one we’re showing you. Very good. Five
more from here. Four, very good. Last three, two, and one. So, we’ll hand up the weights.
Back to cardio. 30 seconds on the clock. Air squats. Begin. Nice work. Breathing is so
very important and there’s gonna be changes of course, not only the exercise induced,
but pregnancy induced. You’re gonna feel that your body temperature changes. You wanna make
sure that you’re finding a cool space to workout in and wearing clothes that aren’t too tight.
Very nice. Good with the breathing. Excellent posture. Weight on your heels. That’s good.
And of course, any time you need a chair, you go ahead and use it. You have last three,
two, one second. Good job. Catch your breath. Back to dead lifts, round 2. You’re ready
to go?>>Yeah.>>15. Excellent. So you’ll notice that this movement is very familiar
not only in the gym, but when you’re picking up your child, picking up toys, bending down.
It’s great to get in to those postural habits. Your child is only gonna get larger and you’re
gonna need good form to pick him or her up. Very good. Nice on the finish. Nice tall posture
at the top. Good breathing is so important. Excellent. Last five, four, three, two, and
one. Good. Catch your breath. From here, we’re gonna go back into the bent over rows. Nice
hinge. Good. And go ahead and pull. Very good. These will always come in handy. We could
always use a strong back especially when you start to have huge busts in the front. Those
habits are gonna come in. Very good. We’re counting 15 total. Nice bent knees. Good arched
back. Last two. Last one. Excellent, lady. Stand up nice and tall. Wonderful. You’re
ready for abs again?>>Yeah.>>Way you go. 30 seconds in the clock. Back into heart rate,
alternating elbows to knees. Here you go. Very good. You’ll notice she’s breathing.
Nice tall posture. Now, if you don’t have great balance, you can always extend out your
arm to balance. In Carrie’s sake, she’s going into it with a lot of great balance. Five
seconds, four, three, two, and switch it out if you feel ready. Very good. Now, if you
feel like you need to take a break with your hands [ unk ] or need a sip of water, go ahead
and do that and pick up when you’re ready. Excellent posture and breathing. Two and one.
Here we go. Now that your heart rate’s high, back to biceps. Catch your breath. Right from
here, 15 repetitions. Good. There’s no need why we have to lose our tank top season even
though our busts are big and our belly is getting big in the front. Keep those arm strong.
You’ll love the tone all throughout. Excellent posture. You’re not losing your slouch. Love
that you’re staying nice and tall, and you’ll notice she’s breathing every single repetition.
Good. We’re using 5. If you feel you wanna opt out and your arms are really strong, go
ahead and use 7. This is four more reps. Last three, two, awesome, and one. Catch your breath.
You’re gonna do triceps, bent over triceps extensions, pull in a row, and fully extend.
15 repetitions. Very good. Nice wide base of support. You can opt out and do this sitting
on a ball or a chair. For the sake of stability, Carrie and I are gonna stay upright so that
her lumbar gets a little bit of work on it too. Excellent posture. Shoulders down and
back. Here we go. Can you feel the back of your arms?>>Oh yeah.>>Good girl. Last one
and stand on up nice and tall. Very good. From here, back into our rotation. Good job.
Excellent. These are good ones to do even if you’re not doing them in a circuit. When
you get up in the middle of the night or you’re lying in bed, you can just open up your posture,
it’s hard to sleep when you get all slouchy, these are great movements to remedy it. Very
good. Last four. Last three, last two, good girl, and one. Are you ready for our cool
down?>>Yeah.>>Good. So we’re gonna cool down by doing a little bit of stability work.
I’m gonna ask you to widen your base of support a little bit and then alternate doing a single
hold hold. There you go with the knee up and then slowly drop down. Good. So you’ll notice
when you lift the knee the other ankle change sides. Excellent. When you pull off that knee,
you’ll notice the weightbearing leg has a little bit of shake to it. There’s nothing
wrong with that. It’s great to have the stability especially later in your trimester when you
start to get dizzy. Very good stability. Last two. Good girl. Last one. Carrie, you are
awesome.>>Thank you.


  1. I like how this doesn't involve too much,but it looks very healthy and it's only ten minutes.been searching everywhere for a good workout I can do i think I finally found it…definitely gunna try it 🙂 thanks for posting ! 🙂

  2. Idk this is making me sick looking at it. Too much up and, too much movement from one exercise to another. She looks like she's having a wonderful pregnancy. I guess everything is not for everybody.

  3. I'd walk or swim. This looks good too,but I wouldn't want to be bending up and down for the sake of the baby. I don't want to hurt her. I am due aug15.

  4. Hello Andrea, How r u doing? I am in my 18th week of pregnancy n get groin pain when I stand up.Please suggest exercise for me

  5. Carrie looks like Drew Barrymore! Excellent workout! I'm in my 2nd trimester with baby #2 and feel great after this workout! Thanks!

  6. this is like regular exercise. At this stage I want exercises that help me strench and warm my body. It making me sick to even watch this. I dont want to be rushed 30 minutes of exercise where its relaxing and healthy is better than a rush 10 minute bootcamp lol

  7. Everyone is different. Every pregnancy you'll have will be different. Talk to your doctor about what exercises are best for you. When I had morning sickness, going for a short slow walk helped. My doctor recommended it. He also has me take half my vitamin a day. The iron in vitamins will increase your morning sickness. You can get prenatal vitamins without it and eat iron rich foods. So far my pregnancy is healthy! Again, everybody is different and talk to your doctor.

  8. I'm about 7 weeks now, and just did this for the first time with no weights. I got a little nauseous, but some of these exercises can be hard on your back and a back injury is the last thing you need when you're pregnant so I'd suggest having a friend be your spotter to help you like Andrea did in this video ☺

  9. I can Believe she didn't let her drink weather not even once I meet to drink water every 5 minutes omg !!!! Not good to do those lets ups and downs on the sides ! ( abs ) cause that cause split on the adobe the read about it . Happy pregnancy peeps

  10. I just tried to do these at 29 weeks and got lightheaded from all the up and down lol. I think I'll stick with my daily walks 🙂

  11. am roughly 16 weeks pregnant I have been soo lazy this pregnancy after my pregnancy last March….

    and I've been told that I need to do some exercise otherwise I will really struggle …. am just really cautious about everything I can't handle another MC …

    But this seems ok so will defiantly give this ago..

  12. hi there my name is Bea i have just found your videos could you please tell me where the rest of the videos are to go with this one xx

  13. This will be best for me since I'm a former athlete and really love to workout even though I have my baby bumps already.

  14. Today I started to do this and feels good I'm 4 weeks pregnant ❤️❤️? this my first time I'm so nervous and afraid , but so happy at the same time , my first doctor said I could never get pregnant coz my eggs are small but here i am pregnant just after one try of making a babe !
    Please I don't want to get weight any ideas of keeping in shape even while pregnancy?

  15. 14 weeks and trying to exercise for at least 20 minutes 2 a week. Really don't want to gain too much, and want to be very healthy for my baby. This is a great workout for me.

  16. Great workout! Repeated it twice for 4 repetitions. Perfect. Now going for a walk with my 2 year old. Love the small cardio intervals.

  17. Hi I'm 14.4 just recovering from a car wreck I was in 2 wks ago today. . thank God the baby is ok. Will start excersising today wish me luck

  18. this is a lot. for someone like me..whos been nauseous..and i feel so out of shape. Ithink ill choose one or two of these exercises because this is a lot for someone who is always tired and pregnant

  19. I’m 36+3 days and Ive been doing that workout since the begging of the second trimester, I feel amazing and no pregnancy insomnia, would recommend to any pregnant woman ?

  20. Hi! Sorry for the rookie question, but how do I know if I'm doing it right? I mean am I supposed feel a pull/tug anywhere..?

  21. Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are also great activities for most pregnant women, but be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. I was taught a lot in Bio tex clinic but let me share the little that I think is important. Listen to your body, though, and don't overdo it. Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you're pregnant. Exposure to toxic chemicals, lifting heavy objects, or coming in contact with bacteria can harm you and your baby. Here are some things to (hooray!) take off your to-do-list. Heavy lifting. Climbing on stepstools or ladders. Changing kitty litter (to avoid toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by a parasite which cats can carry). Using harsh chemicals. Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove. We know you're eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems.

  22. I'm starting this training today. I'm 19 weeks and I want to be as healthy as possible for this pregnancy. I had severe morning sickness throughout my first trimester, which prevented me from working out. Now that I have it under control, I plan on incorporating fitness into my daily routine! I'm super excited!!

  23. Really good workout. My only complaint is that the transitions between exercises are way too quick, at least for me. I'd venture to guess that most of us don't have someone next to us who can hold our weights for the cardio portions and then hand them back to us lol – we need to set them down somewhere and then pick them up. There's not enough time to do that. Also, at the beginning of the video it says you should have some water handy – would have been nice to see her take a few quick sips in between round one and two. Instead she went right into round two with no break.

  24. I have started today, I'm in the 35th weeks' pregnancy, but I dunno how often I should do this exercise.

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  27. I did this today and I feel great. I am 9 weeks, and I didnt exercise to this intensity before but some of my yoga moves from before were risky and not able to do them anyways. This was easy and felt safe and gave me a great workout.

  28. Nice video. I was never into fitness and gym before I got pregnant. Just moderate walks occasionally. I'm pregnant with my second baby and an overweight. Can I safely start the exercises shown in this video? Awaiting your reply. Thank you

  29. Waaooo!! So good, started mine today in second trimester. Feels fresh and good after freshening up. Feel so light and a lot of energy . thank u

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