Exercising While Pregnant
I know I should’ve been blogging during my pregnancy all along, but it’s never to late to start right?
First let me talk about where I am. This is my 3rd pregnancy in 4 years, so my body has been through A LOT (this will be my 3rd C-section since my pelvis is to narrow to have a natural birth)! This pregnancy has been the toughest for me, probably just because of having a 4 year old and a 16 month old running around and depending on me, having pregnancy sickness, being tired, etc. So I wondered how do I make myself feel better? The answer…..exercising while pregnant.
I exercised while pregnant with my second son much more than I did with my first, but not really enough. I always though, how will that really help? I’m going to gain weight anyway, no one will notice my hard work (which it shouldn’t be just about how I look), I’m to tired, blah blah blah. I used every excuse in the book. I am a personal trainer and fitness nutritionist, so I know how important it is to stay active and eat right; it just seemed I was letting excuses get in my way. This third pregnancy was unexpected and I found out I was pregnant before my 2nd son even turned a year old!!! As you can imagine I was scared and shocked. I knew right away that I had to do something this pregnancy to keep myself and the baby healthy. The first few months I didn’t do much because I was sick, but during my second trimester I was ready to go. Here’s what I did……
My strategy was to not do a super intense workout that would be dangerous, but do a workout that would keep me and the baby healthy. I’m am not a medical doctor please remember that, this is just a routine that worked for me.
Here’s my 5 day routine during my 2nd trimester:
- Mon-Wed-Friday – I did Sculpt 1-2 from Power 90. I used 5 lbs weights and went at a pace that worked for me
- Tues-Thurs – I would walk (on the treadmill when my 16 month old napped) for 20-30 minutes listening to my music to pump me up!!
Starting my 3rd trimester I switched it up a bit since it was getting harder for me to do pushups and bend and squat:
Here’s my 5 day routine during my 3rd trimester (I have 8 weeks to go til baby boy is here!!!)
- Mon-Wed-Friday – Yoga Booty Baby – love this program because it helps you focus on stretching and breathing, which really helps during labor and post-partum
- Tue-Thurs – 20-30 minutes on the treadmill
This pregnancy has been going much better since I started working out, I was always doing a workout every day when not pregnant, but as soon as I got pregnant I got scared as to what I could and could do and what was safe. This routine has been amazing for me, and lets me still get a good workout in that’s good for me and the baby! Exercising while pregnant has made all the difference for me!
My nutrition is a factor as well, but that is another blog post coming up.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about your pregnancy and working out. I have been there and I would love to talk to other mom’s to help them out, make them feel better and just be a shoulder to lean on!! Thanks to all who read this!!
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