Finally it’s turning out to be a nice day, no wind (fingers crossed) and the sun is a shining! I hope everyone has had a great week so far and keeping themselves on track. I know since I have been pregnant I haven’t been very motivating in the work out department, but life has changed drastically for me in the last 5 months of working out. But with that said, I hope I can encourage the pregnant mama’s to get out there and get some exercise (no it doesn’t have to be weight lifting). I don’t get to go to the gym with the sole intention of lifting as heavy as possible, setting new weight records, sweating my little heart out and pushing as hard as possible. Instead my goals have changed to keeping myself in the best shape I can for preparing for a little thing called labor. I am not going to lie, at the beginning of my pregnancy I struggled with how intense my workouts should be for a while and it almost made for a moral debate every time I walked into the gym and began my training. Should I drop my weight more, it my heart rate too high, am I properly hydrated, is this exercise helpful or harmful? These things ran through my head often! Now since I looove the research the crap out of everything, don’t think I wasn’t doing the same about exercising while pregnant, but do you know how many different answers and opinions are out there on this topic…LOTS! But I finally decided to do what felt best for my body without pushing it too hard. The goal during pregnancy isn’t to set a new personal best it’s to maintain. I wasn’t going to sit on my couch for my entire pregnancy because I was too scared to hurt my baby. From the information I have come across, staying active is extremely beneficial for you are your baby. Even if that means going for a daily walk, swim, light weight lifting session, and some mothers even carry out a crossfit regimen their entire pregnancy. You need to find what works best for you, and JUST DO IT. Never push past the point where you are uncomfortable, but don’t let your entire pregnancy go by sitting on the couch and worrying :). A great app the try out is PregnantFit. The workouts are divided into trimesters, so it takes the guessing out of which exercises are safe to do in each phase of your pregnancy. If you don’t know what the exercise given is, Google it or go to bodybuilding.com and it will show you a video of how to do it.
I am now 32 weeks pregnant, and still feeling great, but get tired a lot quicker. Thank goodness for afternoon naps! Getting sleep at night is sometimes tedious, but now since I finally bit the bullet and got myself “The Snoozer” full body pillow, the amount of sleep I get at night has increased tremendously! And to help get me to sleep, I have been reading Ina May Gaskin’s book The Guide to Childbirth. It has been a great read, and am really enjoying the amount of useful information in this book.