Pregnancy Fitness; Third Trimester Style
Okay, so I know that I have been a horrible blogger as of late. Do I even call myself a blogger anymore??? Oye!
On that note, I do want to let (whoever may still be reading this), know I am alive, healthy, and still pregnant…like something to the tune of 40 weeks pregnant!
I am shocked that I actually made it this far and can still muster to get myself around. In fact, I’m not just getting around…I’m still working out! I can’t say I’ve got the gusto I did pre-pregnancy, but what matters to me is that I can still get myself through a pretty decent workout and not pass out. SUCCESS!
How have I been able to keep a fit pregnancy you ask? For those of you thinking about becoming pregnant or looking to have a fitter pregnancy this time around, I want you to know that it IS possible to workout all throughout your pregnancy (considering you have a healthy pregnancy and approval from your doctor). What does it take? Motivation.
From the beginning, I knew I didn’t just want to “let myself go.” I have seen this happen to a lot of moms out there and I can see NOW how easy it can be! Instead, I decided to keep my willpower and my drive to be fit. I decided that the benefits of exercise throughout pregnancy were more than worth the effort! And now that I am at 40 weeks pregnant, I am reaping the benefits:
Low blood pressure; usually around 110-114/60-66!!
Less back pain (I still suffer from aches in the back because of the way I have to position myself at night, but for the most part, I really can’t complain too much).
Reasonable weight gain! At 40 weeks I’ve gained ~31 pounds…can’t complain (haven’t regularly been checking my weight…just found out Monday where I officially stand).
Obviously, being fit before pregnancy helped my workouts immensely these past 10 months, so if you are thinking about getting pregnant, adopting a regular fitness routine prior could be a lifesaver!
So what did I do to keep active???
Stretching has been my friend!
First Trimester: Basically, I exercised when I could and with almost the same energy I had before I got pregnant. The most difficult part about exercising in the first trimester was finding a time when I didn’t feel sick!! I suffered from quite a bit of nausea in those first few months and eating was my only savor!!
Second Trimstere: In the second trimester, I felt pretty great. I got my fitness mojo back and was still working out about 6 days a week for ~45-60 minutes. I followed my old fitness DVDs for the most part; Tae-bo, Jillian Michaels, The Firm, etc. Toward the end of the second trimester I also picked up an AWESOME pregnancy workout DVD by Lindsay Brin. It came in a set of 4 DVDs that caters from the 1st trimester through post-pregnancy. While I altered the workouts to make them harder in this trimester, I have been most thankful for them in my third trimester!! SHE is definitely my inspiration for post-baby shape-up!
She’s the one in the middle…girl’s got 3 kids!!
Third Trimester: Months 7 and 8 of the third trimester workouts were still pretty decent. I took the intensity way down but made it a goal to keep up with my strength routine as much as possible; I will need those muscles to carry a baby around all day! I am still trying to workout about 5 days a week for at least 30-60 minutes. We got a gym membership during this time, so I’ve spent more time than usual on the elliptical to reduce impact. I have also been enjoying using the weight machines. While I’m normally not the type to use the weight machines, I like body weight resistance and free weight resistance best, I found myself getting dizzy during sets, especially 36 weeks plus. SO, the weight machines have been glorious. This is an example of what my workout week has been looking like as of late:
Monday: 35 minutes elliptical, 25 minutes weights/stretch.
Tuesday: Day off
Wednesday: Lindsay Brin pregnancy DVD; 35 minutes (includes some strength for the back, bi’s and tri’s)
Thursday: 35-45 minutes elliptical or walking outside (weather dependent)
Friday: 10 minute warm-up; legs, back/chest, abs at the gym (60 minutes)
Sunday: 30 minute walk outside (with punches, jabs, etc), 3 sets of 12 push-ups, cool down/stretch Overall, I have been pretty proud of how well I’ve kept up my workouts. I am hoping the endurance I have can carry me through a natural labor!