You’re uncomfortable, exhausted and wondering if you’ll ever fit into your skinny jeans again. Ladies, we’ve got your back (and butt)! Research continues to show that exercising while pregnant relieves aches and makes you more likely to return to your prepregnancy weight. Plus, babies of fit moms have a lower risk of being overweight than kids of sedentary moms. This workout addresses every aspect of your changing body—from your increasingly wobbly stance to that annoying lower back pain. Plus, doing the exercises as a circuit workout increases your heart rate, making this sculpting session a cardiovascular workout, too.
What to Expect: Two or three times a week, do 1 set of 12 to 15 reps of each move in order without resting in between. Then repeat the entire circuit once (if you’re a beginner) or twice (if you’ve been exercising regularly) more. Try to squeeze in 30 minutes of extra cardio, like walking, on the other days. You’ll need a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells.
By Jeanine Detz