America Ferrera determined to stay fit during second pregnancy

America Ferrera hitting the gym. Credit: Instagram - @americaferrera

America Ferrera is determined to stay fit and strong during her second pregnancy.

Earlier this month, the Ugly Betty star announced that she and husband Ryan Piers Williams were expecting a little brother or sister for their 19-month-old son Sebastian.

Now, in a new Instagram post, America has shared a picture of her working out in the gym with her baby bump proudly on display. In the accompanying caption, she told her fans that she was trying to keep fit in an effort to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

"Soooooooo hard to workout through the nausea and exhaustion of my first trimester!!! Some weeks I'd only muster one workout or I'd miss the week entirely, but I refused to feel like I had failed," she wrote. "Through this pregnancy, I'm equally committed to feeling strong AND being kind to myself."

It wasn't long before America was quizzed on her reasons to exercise while pregnant, and she was asked by one curious follower why she felt she "had to" work out.

"I don't have to. I like to. Staying active makes me feel stronger in the long run and it's good for my mental sanity. Overall it makes me feel good, even when it can be a hard push from day to day," the 35-year-old replied.

And America later told another fan who commented on her post that she didn't work out at all during her first pregnancy because she felt "so tired and overwhelmed". Yet, she was keen to make a change while pregnant the second time.

"I love how it makes me feel and I love taking time to do something that's just for me," she insisted of her gym sessions.

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