Last updated on May 7th, 2018 at 01:35 pm
Disclaimer: This blog post shouldn’t be considered as advice. It’s simply some thoughts I’ve put together based on my research. Anyone seeking to workout during pregnancy should seek the advice of their OBGYN or GP.
It’s still Monday, and not too late for my MotivateMe Monday post! Since I’m over the first trimester of my pregnancy, I’m starting to feel more energetic, however, my overzealous morning caught up to me by surprise and by 8:30 p.m. last night, I was already in bed and missed my post. Here it is, better late than never.
If you’ve read last week’s post about why I took a year off of running, you’ll know that it’s because I’ve been trying to conceive. I’ll have to admit that I really miss running! Running is my de-stresser, my alone time, my time of inner reflection! Racing is what makes me feel alive! Now that I’m pregnant, I’m ready to look beyond my pregnancy and start planning my goals for 2018. In order to be able to complete a half marathon and a triathlon next year, I can’t be sitting idle at home for the next 6 months either.
Form my research, here are 5 types exercises for a fit and healthy pregnancy
I walk quite a bit every day. Before pregnancy, my daily goal was 10,000 steps a day. In June, I joined a Town-wide Step Challenge through work and bumped up my goal to 15,000 steps a day. Then, by July, in my early pregnancy, my steps dropped drastically at 3000 – 4000 steps a day. Eeek! Basically just getting around to giving my dog 2 walks a day.
Now that I’m feeling slightly more energetic, I’m planning on increasing my steps to 6000 a day to start then hopefully making my way back to 10,000 steps a day goal.
When I was pregnant with my first son, I signed myself for Prenatal Yoga classes at a local Yoga Studio. I really enjoyed this 10 week program. It was relaxing and it was my first real exposure to yoga classes. I have since picked up yoga as a stretching/de-stressing tool. I also enjoyed meeting and interacting with other moms-to-be. I’ll consider joining a class later in my pregnancy.
I’ve read that swimming is a great exercise for pregnant woman because it doesn’t put any stress on the joints and you don’t have to worry about overheating. I’ve looked up our local community pool and they do offer a program called Body for Birth and Beyond. The description states that it is a comfortable, medium intensity workout for moms and moms-to-be with exercises designed to benefit the mother and promote healthy development. It starts in October and I’m signing myself up! I really miss the pool!
My pregnancy bible “What To Expect When Expecting” suggests quite a few light weight exercises that are safe during pregnancy. I’m going to use those excercises and create a little program for myself to tone up a bit. I’ve been very lazy with weights since finishing the 21 Day Fix program earlier this year.
Although I’ve been told that if I was running before pregnancy, it’s safe to continue after running, I’ve decided against this. It’s just not for me at this time. Now, I’m not judging anyone who decided differently. I’ve read many blogs about woman continuing to run while pregnant successfully. Even my pregnancy bible mentioned above states many benefits of running during pregnancy!
I miss running though and I’m already looking forward to that day when my Dr. clears me for running again!