Before I got pregnant, I worked out pretty hard and even taught Zumba for a couple of months. I am pretty sure I was in the best shape I'd ever been in pre-pregnancy and assumed I'd be able to keep up with workouts, modifying only slightly for pregnancy. And boy was I wrong! For previous posts about my workout regime/routines, see here.
The first few weeks after finding out I was pregnant, I worked out normally, just removing abs from my regime. And then I got sick. Really sick. And tired. Once I started treating my chronic sickness with Zofran, I was able to jump back into a regular (ish) routine. 4 workouts a week- cardio, back/triceps, shoulders/biceps, and legs. I started embracing taking days off and letting my body rest when it told me to. I continued to take cardio kickboxing classes until about week 20 where jumping around started to become uncomfortable. Baby has been head down pretty much the whole pregnancy and his head pushes on my bladder making it feel like I need to pee 24/7!
The hardest part of going to the gym is putting on my shoes and socks haha! 29 weeks & 5 days pregnant
According to Baby Center, here are some great benefits to working out during pregnancy...
1. Boost energy- totally true! It gives me the energy motivation I need to get through the rest of my work day
2. Sleep better
3. Reduce pregnancy discomfort- some workout moves seem to increase my discomfort but for the most part stretching and walking really loosen me up
4. Prepare for childbirth- I hear it makes it a little bit easier... we'll see!
5. Reduce stress and lift your spirits- I am a firm believer in exercise releasing endorphins and there are very few times I feel bad after a workout. I always listen to music or a radio show during my workouts so I am entertained.
6. Improve your self image- as I continue to gain weight, I know that working out will help keep my arms and legs toned
7. Get your body back faster after childbirth- working out won't be a top priority for me when baby comes but I do plan on getting back in shape once my body has healed. I hope this one is true!
I am finishing up my 31st week of pregnancy and continue to exercise and hope to until the baby is born. I may go to the gym 4 times one week and 1 time the next week and that is perfectly fine with me. Jon is very encouraging and constantly tells me how great I look which is exactly what pregnant women need to hear! We are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and plan on raising our son the same, so there is no better time to start then now. It's weird to think back and know how quick and agile my body was, I never thought I could be slowed down but pregnancy is worth it 100%!