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Reese Witherspoon was spotted recently walking for exercise with a pal in Santa Monica. It's great to see she's still working out, sizeable bump and all. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise on most if not all days of the week for pregnant women -- and that recommendation holds true whether you're in your first or your third trimester.
While Reese is known to be an avid runner, it appears she might be taking her fitness regimen down a notch now as her pregnancy progresses. I can attest to the fact that working out only gets harder as you go along during pregnancy. While I was happy to go for a light jog or attend my favorite cardio sculpt class in the second trimester, now at 37 weeks I can hardly get the motivation to walk downstairs to my condo building's gym for an easy elliptical workout.
Reese's workout of choice, walking, is a great third trimester workout -- it's low-impact and gets you moving, but is still totally doable, giant belly and all. I still walk daily thanks to my energetic dog, who won't take no for an answer. Swimming is another great late pregnancy workout that I've been enjoying. Admittedly, I only swim a few laps, but it's better than nothing, right? I've also tried aqua aerobics, which is mostly attended by a bunch of sweet women who could be my grandmas and makes me laugh every time, but it's a water workout nonetheless. It feels great when you're feeling like you couldn't possibly get any bigger -- especially in this summer's heat -- and makes you feel weightless (such a relief!).
So if you feel like a nap instead of exercise late in pregnancy, try a few minutes of walking or swimming (as long as your health care provider gives you the green light) -- it might make you feel better.