pregnancy tips: working out

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.  Everything that I write about has been researched by me for my own pregnancy.  Please consult a doctor for health advice and before starting any exercise program.

Staying active while you are pregnant is important for many reasons.  For one, it keeps you sane and keeps you and your baby healthy.  You will gain weight while you are pregnant, and 25-35 pounds is about average, depending on your starting weight.  But, too much weight isn’t good for you or for the baby.

It was really hard for me to workout during my first trimester because of the way that I was feeling.  I felt sick and tired for the majority of the day, so working out was not a top priority.  Luckily, it was summer time and I love to be outside, so I did try to fit in quite a few walks.  Walking actually made me feel better!  The sickness would subside for a bit, and I would feel like myself again (kind of :)).

During my second trimester, I worked out as much as I could.  I took it easy, of course, but I was able to run, walk, swim, lift light weights, etc.  I felt great!

Now that I am in the third trimester, it is definitely harder.  I just feel big!  And, the tiredness has come back, so working out seems to take a backseat some of the time.  There are just certain days where I feel like rest and relaxation is more important than fitting in a workout.  I still try to get in some form of exercise 4-5 days per week, inclusing walking, the elliptical, swimming and using resistance bands.  And, I feel great on days that I do!

You don’t have to workout while you are pregnant, but the majority of people would recommend it.  Not only does it keep you healthy and in shape throughout your pregnancy, but it will help you during labor as well.  Every woman’s body is different, and some may not be able to workout while pregnant, but even a 20-30 minute walk 4-5 days a week will help with your breathing and circulation.  It will also keep your baby healthy!  And, who doesn’t want that?!

I’m not going to lie, nowadays when I go to the gym, I feel a little weird!  Over the past 7 months, I have not seen any other pregnant woman at the gym!  Yes, people definitely look at me when I am on the treadmill or swimming in the pool, but who cares?!  I am doing what feels good for me, and keeping my baby healthy.

If you would rather workout in the comfort of your own home, then I highly recommend this DVD!

Summer Sanders goes through 3 full length (or express) workouts specifically for the first, second or third trimesters.  I am loving supplementing my walks with this DVD because they use resistance bands to build some strength (which will help when carrying the baby) and a lot of squats to prepare you for labor.

The most important thing is to have fun!  So, get out there and enjoy the fresh air and time by yourself while you can. 🙂

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