The Perfect Toning Workout For Your First Trimester

Squat it and pulse it! This quick workout is perfect for first trimester preggos.

First Trimester HIIT Workout

By now you know that pregnancy doesn't give you a free pass where your regular workouts are concerned. Sure, it's more important than ever to listen to your body and refrain from pushing yourself too hard—but it's also so, so essential that you get in those healthy workouts as often as possible.

The key to exercising while pregnant? It's all about modification. Tailoring your moves to the physical realities of your pregnancy is key—and according to fitness expert Jennifer Forrester, changing your workouts based on the trimester you're in is super important as well. 

Forrester is all about bodyweight training during the first trimester. These moves tone you up in no time, and moves like pulse squats will also get your heart rate up without forcing too much impact on those joints.

Check out Forrester's first-trimester-specific workout, which is built around bodyweight training and includes moves to hit the upper body and legs. You can find more pregnancy-approved workout plans on Forrester's app.

Here's Forrester's step-by-step guide to performing a perfect round of pulse squats.

  1. Start by squatting down until hips are almost parallel to the ground. 
  2. Hold at the bottom as you pulse a few inches up and down twice. 
  3. Stand up to your toes and then return to squat position and repeat.