Tuesday-2 miles on TM +arm workout
Working Out While Pregnant
** I am not a Dr or trainer, this is just my opinion and what works for me. Before starting ANY workout program or starting something new consult your Dr.**
I have always been pretty active. Growing up I played soccer, ran track, and cheered. It was an easy decision for me, when I first got pregnant with Jackson, to continue to be active. I was able to workout till 32 weeks, but I started dilating so my Dr. had me stop any physical activity till 37 weeks. I had J at 38 weeks, healthy and happy.
Now that I’m pregnant with baby #2(a girl) I want to be active, but I want to stay active up until I deliver. Here’s my tips on:
how to stay active throughout your pregnancy
1. Stay Hydrated– I think this is where I made a mistake with J. I didn’t drink enough water and I had to be hooked up to an IV at 32 weeks which then caused me to start dilating. So this time around, I have a water bottle strapped to me at all times. When it comes to running, I literally have water strapped to me. Drink when you are thirsty, but more importantly drink even when you’re not. Always drink your water!
I never said I was a model…
2. Modify your workouts-this one can be hard, but it’s so important. Every day is different for me and I just have to listen to my body. Some days my growing pains are too much for running, so I walk. Some days I feel great, so I take advantage and run a little longer or do more weights. I just tell myself that any workout is better than no workout. So if I’m walking for 30 min instead of running, that’s okay. Pregnancy is not the time to push yourself to new limits. You can push yourself to stay motivated, but now is not the time to work on speed;)
I worked too hard on my arms to let them go for 9 months, so I try really hard to do weights. Modify the moves as needed.
3. Don’t eat for 2-Although people tell you all the time that you’re eating for 2, you’re really not. The first trimester you don’t need any additional calories, the second you only need 300-350 additional calories, and the third trimester only 500 extra calories a day. I usually get really hungry at night. So, before bed I’ll have a bowl of cereal, an apple, or cheese and crackers. Of course I let myself indulge every once in a while, but just with a handful of chocolates not the whole bag. (More info found here)
I try and stick to salads when we got out or when I’m on the go. Then when I craving hits and I want fries I can have them and not feel guilty.
4. Communicate with your OB– Every appt I have I talk with my OB about my exercise. I confirm that everything I’m doing is okay. My first priority is baby girl, so I think it’s important to communicate with your OB your goals and what you’re planning on doing.
Benefits to Regular Exercise(more info here)
1. It will help you carry all the weight you DO gain in pregnancy
2. Prepare you for birth
3. Keep you sane-okay, is it just me or does exercise keep you happy too?
4. help you sleep better
5. make getting back into shape a whole lot easier after baby is born
what would you add to the list?
any questions? let me know, love hearing from you!