A Safe Workout for the Second Trimester

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The following workout is effective and safe in the second trimester and can be done around three times a week to maintain tone and fitness. For exercises with weights, use 5 lb (2 kg) weights. To warm up, move your legs side to side in a step and touch movement for one minute. Continue for another minute but add the arms: each time you step-touch, lift your arms to shoulder height then down. Next, with hands on hips lift your knees up to your stomach. Alternate the left and right legs for two minutes. Finally, take your left arm in a circle across the body and back to the side; repeat with the other arm. Continue this movement for a minute.

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Forward Pull Ups


Stand with your left leg in front of you and both knees slightly bent; slowly lower your upper body toward your left knee and rest your left hand on the knee for support. Start with your right arm straight down, then lift your arm up, keeping your elbow close to your body. Your elbow should end pointing toward the ceiling. Repeat 20 times on each arm.

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