Hello hello! I thought this would be an easy post for me to ease back into my blog— A topic that I love discussing; working out! As you guys know, I am kind of a connoisseur and love moving my body in all sorts of ways. My favorite “movement” prior to conceiving, was running as you might be aware, but as my pregnancy has progressed, my exercise routines have as well. I am the kind of person that does not see pregnancy as a reason to slow down. In fact, I see it is the exact opposite; I truly believe that, for myself at least, staying active during my pregnancy is a must. It makes me happy both mentally and physically, and prepares me for birth and recovery. Staying active also affords me the opportunity to care for my other three children while I’m pregnant as I am able to move more and easier than if I was not in shape. While being in shape is always an important thing to me, there are of course some modifications that have had happen since the beginning of my pregnancy. As you might know, I had a very very rough first trimester. My husband and I say that every single day started with the question of whether or not I should go to the hospital. I was vomiting up to 2 dozen times a day or more and had many awful complications along with that. Obviously during that time, I was bedridden and unable to exercise. This affected me mentally and physically, but I had no other choice. When my fourth month rolled around and I was finally able to get out of bed, I started moving slowly but surely. I began with walking on my treadmill (fan in face) for as long as I could. I Started with about 3 miles and slowly realized I could take it up a notch and begin to jog. Eventually I was doing 6 to 8 miles a day of a walk/jog combination. This worked really well for both myself and the baby as I was getting bursts of cardio however I was close enough to my bathroom :-). It made me feel so much more like myself. Most days I split my exercise sessions into two so to allow for my crazy schedule and to give myself to burst of intense movement throughout the day which worked very well for me both mentally and physically. In fact, I’ve been known to take work calls from the treadmill 😂.
Another new-to-me workout that I started after the fourth month of my pregnancy was SoulCycle! I was able to try out a class with my company that we reviewed and suffice it to say, I became hooked! I am absolutely obsessed with these classes and look forward to it whenever I go. I try to go in 1 to 2 times a week. When I do complete a soul cycle class, I still take another sweat session in the afternoon; walking/jogging an additional 3 to 4 miles. Sometimes I will run over to SoulCycle instead to get my extra movement in. Now, please understand that this is what works for me. I’m not telling anyone to start a regiment of a 6 to 8 mile program without you being comfortable. The most important tip about exercising while pregnant is doing what works for you and what YOUR body feels comfortable with. Throughout all of my pregnancies, I have become very aware of my body and I am very well able to read its signs. If I feel any pain or crazy shortness of breath, I know what to do. Stop. Nothing is worth the health of my baby. Luckily I have not had any problems with this thus far and hope that this will continue throughout the last three months of my pregnancy.
Now, I wanted to loop into this post the topic of pregnancy symptoms as this section will be brief. I don’t know if it is because I have maintained myself in good shape, or am just too busy to notice, but my pregnancy symptoms since the fourth month have been pretty minor, thank heavens. As I mentioned, the first four months were really really really awful and so when that fourth mind came along, I was so relieved to feel a bit more like myself. As of now, I only have a few symptoms that are worth mentioning; for one, the arches of my feet have been so unbelievably sore. It is such an odd thing to notice when you are carrying a baby in your belly, but my feet have been really affected this pregnancy. Luckily my husband is a very good foot masseuse, and I have invested in many tennis balls (which my dog loves to steal) that i use daily to stretch out my feet. Minor issue.
Another thing that is starting to bother me is what I think might be sciatica. I feel a pain in my right bum that is usually relieved by typical sciatica exercises. It only happens once every other day so I would call it super minor.
The final symptom I have is just feeling like my baby, who is measuring a week big, is living in one of those tiny houses they feature on TV. I don’t know why it is, but I tend to carry my pregnancy small, to The point where I receive many interesting comments. I have a few thoughts as to why I carry small, the biggest one being that I have. Avery long torso. It seems as if this would be a good thing, however, it does come with some negative impact. My baby is constantly moving, so being that I am very small, I feel every day. Single. Thing. And I feel a lot like a stuffed sausage. Again, I am not complaining as my abs have done me well 🙂 however, I just want to put out there that it comes with some additional nuisances and symptoms!
Anyway, I’m Going to sign off now, at the point where I feel like I’m rambling 🙂
Please let me know if you have any questions and I would love to hear about your experiences during pregnancy both regarding working out and just symptoms in general.
Caring is sharing!