Finding out that I am pregnant was a huge surprise and answered a lot of questions I had about my changing health. While Phil and I were ready to start a family, I was completely shocked when I saw the two pink lines.
As you know, I love to workout and knew wanted to continue to stay active throughout my pregnancy. One, because working out makes me feel good. Two, pregnancy definitely is a trippy experience. Many things you once knew to be true are no longer and your body is no longer just yours to do as you please. Working out is something I enjoy and want to continue to do for myself throughout my pregnancy and after. Three, active pregnancies are said to be great for birth and recovery. And for someone that is scared sh*tless about pushing this baby out, I will do whatever I can take to swing the odds in my favor.
Working out during the first trimester was a huge change from my normal routine and exercises. I was sick, felt weak, exhausted and the ladies were already starting to make a move. I did my best to get up and move around. And in all honesty, I found that working out (although it sounded like the worst idea ever) was exactly what I needed. My morning sickness would subside some, I had a bit more energy and my overall day seemed to go a bit smoother.
Once I started to ramp back up, I realized that a lot had changed. I was slightly nervous about my new workout buddy and what I could (and should) do with my body. So, like any sane person I talked to my doctor and consulted with my favorite blogs for tips.
I picked up a few tips, learned a thing or two – but the bottom line is that my workouts are the same…just altered a bit now.
Drink LOTS of water. Staying hydrated is especially important now- I always keep ice water on hand, everywhere I go.
Rest. I am far from lazy, but some days I had to tell myself to slow down or flat out stop. Making a baby is hard work!
Know thyself. You are pregnant, not dead. If you have been active, stay active. Keep running, walking, strength training, cycling all with your doctor’s consent of course. Unfortunately, there still isn’t a ton of information out there that dictates what we can and can’t do. The guideline of keeping heart rate below 140 bpm has been outdated for decades. The best piece of advice is to listen to your body. If it feels good keep going. If you’re uncomfortable, stop.
Reassess your standards. Prior to becoming pregnant, I was in the best shape I had been in years. So, even if I can’t see the work I’m putting in through more defined abs and arms, I know exercising is better for me and baby–now and post-delivery. There are muscles under there somewhere…right?
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