Hi Friends! I hope that Monday was kind to all of you, no spilled coffee, missed deadlines, or bad hair days. After having E home with me for three days in a row, drop-off was hard. I’m sure he had fun with his little friends, but I still missed his smiling face.
I’m back to share some thoughts on prenatal fitness, my current workouts, and of course, a bumpdate!
How far along? 18 weeks
Baby’s size? length of a bell pepper (5.5 inches)
Total weight gain/loss: 9ish lbs
Sleep: It would be bad, but I’ve had to take a Benadryl the past couple of nights because my allergies are so bad. I hope I’m done with that now, but it did at least lead to some really awesome sleep!
Best moment this week: Playing at the park with Ethan on Friday morning
Miss Anything? A better complexion
Movement: Yup! I can’t wait for Kevin to feel it too so that this pregnancy finally starts to feel real to him.
Food cravings: sweets, sweets, and yeah, more sweets
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: I wish I knew!
Symptoms: great hair, horrible skin (so embarrassing because it’s on my back too, so no cute tanks or sundresses for me), real boobs (ha – they were more like pancakes after having Ethan, so it’s nice they’ve filled out again)
Belly Button in or out? Neither, flat
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender, though we have a two weeks to wait
So about that prenatal fitness….
I’m currently doing the latest Tone It Up 8-weekBikini Series, which kicked off yesterday. It’s not too late to join! I’ll need to modify some of the moves, particularly the abdominal stuff, but I have enough exercises in my memory bank to find good replacements.
This will allow me to do at-home workouts in the morning before Ethan wakes and then make it to the gym on my lunch break for cardio, or just go for a walk outside on my lunch break because mama needs a tan!
While prenatal fitness has a lot of rules, myths, and even negative connotations, I think it really just depends on the mama. It’s about 4 key things:
- What did you do before pregnancy? ie: If you ran regularly before, you can run now.
- How are you feeling? ie: Round ligament pain during a workout doesn’t mean you’re going to go into early labor or something crazy like that, but it does mean you should probably back off a bit. Too tired? Nauseous? It’s all about how you feel that day.
- What do your doctor and medical history say? Some pregnancy complications can make working out more difficult or downright dangerous, so listen to dr’s orders.
- Is that pregnancy-friendly to you? ie: I do yoga, but deep twists and inversions aren’t safe for me now. You may also chose to avoid certain sports, etc.
I’m not old-school when it comes to the workout “rules,” but I’m not pushing it either. You have the rest of your life to set cross fit PRs, run marathons, etc. Using these 9 months to workout just because it feels good and makes you and your baby healthy instead of doing it to look good in a bikini or break records is totally OK.
Don’t compare yourself to that other mom who is doing things that would make you feel uncomfortable. That may be her comfort zone, or she may be making poor decisions. You never know, and it’s not about her. It’s about you and that sweet little bump!
Here’s what I’m up to for the coming months… (These are just things that are good for me, and I’m no knocking anyone’s decision to do things differently.)
- I was working out before pregnancy, and since I don’t have complications, I can continue to do so.
- I don’t follow the 140 bpm rule, which is said to be outdated, but I do still keep an eye on my hear rate. I mainly follow the “talk test,” and I generally keep my HR between 140 and 155 during cardio.
- I lift weights, but I’m not setting any records. The pregnancy hormone relaxin relaxes the body’s joints, muscles, and ligaments, so I’m more prone to strains and tears. I think the 20-lb rule is silly. My toddler weighs more than 20 lbs!! It’s all in how you lift it and what you were lifting before pregnancy.
- I avoid jarring movements, such as burpees, jump rope, and other such exercises. I also gave up running. I don’t have the best joints, so the extra weight would wreak havoc on my hips/knees/feet/back. Plus, any hills would spike my heart rate.
- Here’s a quote from Runner’s World: “The increased weight during pregnancy may significantly increase the forces across joints by as much as 100% during running.” Here’s a quote from my hips: “Ouch!”
Wow, that was more thoughts than I intended. Please share some of yours in the comments!!