The Third trimester is a wonderful period, full of excitement about the forthcoming birth. However, this period can sometimes be somewhat challenging; feeling heavy, not sleeping well and mulling over various choices can make you feel tired or drained. Often, women start exercising earlier in the pregnancy but if you would like to start during the third trimester it is still possible. Please make sure to consult your doctor and not to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Always listen to your body and trust your intuition!. On this page you can watch our introduction to third trimester video, read some useful information or scroll down straight to find the class for you.
We know how hard your body is working during the third trimester and that it can be difficult to find time and energy to exercise… To help you overcome these challenges we have produced short modular classes of 20 and 30 minutes to suit your body’s current needs as well as prepare you for giving birth and the post natal period. The classes are designed to complement each other so if you have more time you can always play 2 classes one after the other and enjoy a longer workout.
Below are some typical third trimester symptom you might experience and simple solutions to help alleviate discomfort:
Your breathing may feel very restricted at this stage. Please remember that you can help it a lot by doing the stretches and breathing techniques suggested in the classes as often as you can during the day.
You may still experience Round Ligament pain. Rest comfortably, try flexing your knees toward your tummy or try lying on your side to help ease the symptoms. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor or midwife if the abdominal aches or pains continue after a short rest.
Supine Hypotension Syndrome is a known condition during the second and third trimester. When lying on your back, your heart may pump less blood, the blood pressure may drop, and you could feel anxious, lightheaded, and nauseated until you shift your position. To avoid this problem, lie on your left side instead of flat on your back in order to keep your uterus from compressing the vena cava.
There is a good chance you are experiencing sporadic and painless uterine contractions called Braxton Hicks at this stage. Make sure you are familiar with their nature and how to distinguish between Braxton Hicks and early signs of preterm labor.
Towards the end of the pregnancy you may feel a burst of energy (“Nesting Instinct”). Please make sure not to “over-do it” and not to over exercise even if you feel you are up for it.
We hope you enjoy the classes and that they will help you feel good and well prepared for labor and beyond!