Before I got pregnant, I was on a mission to drop weight for our wedding. I worked out every day and was able to loose a significant amount of weight for the big day. Over our weddings and honeymoon, I didn’t work out (my husband actually went to the gym at the hotel everyday, including our wedding days) and I allowed myself to eat what ever I wanted in moderation -I didn’t want to look back on our wedding time in a negative perspective because I was hangry hah.
My intentions were that after the honeymoon, I would go back to eating clean and working out nearly everyday (intensely). However, as you saw from this post, we found out we were pregnant right after our honeymoon. Between morning sickness and fatigue the first few months, I was in no shape to eat clean, or go to the gym. I ate mostly bread and apple juice the first 2 months because it was all I could keep down.
Once I started feeling better (around the 2nd month) I tried to go to the gym with a revised workout plan (I was doing intense HIIT before I got pregnant) but found most days I was extremely exhausted by the end of the day and didn’t feel like going, or I was getting light headed while working out. I knew that my body would need energy to get through the next 9 months and birth, so I decided to drop the gym and doing other activities to maintain my energy, strength and avoid the usual aches and pains. I know there are women out there in their 9th month lifting heavy weights and that’s great for them! I believe everyone has to listen to their body and do what is best for them. The gym just wasn’t for me during my pregnancy and I am fine with that. Again, every one is different, so just because this has worked out for me, please consult with your doctor before starting any new excersice during pregnancy.
I tried to find other solutions which would keep me active but were easy on the body, which is when I found prenatal yoga. I found it so calming and great for my hips and joints. It relaxed me and has helped me keep the strength in my legs -which I will need for the labour. I do yoga 2-3 times a week (30 minutes each time).
Other than that I make sure to walk for at least 30 minutes on days where I don’t do yoga, whether it is around town, shopping or a night stroll with my husband, I make a conscious effort to get a walk in 4-5 times a week. If I know that one day we will be doing a lot of walking, I will skip a day to make sure that I don’t over do myself (I am in my 9th month and some days I also just don’t have the energy.)
Overall, I notice that walking and yoga has eliminated any hip pain I felt coming on as well as any swelling in my ankles/ legs.
While we all know that exercise is important during pregnancy, I also know that a lot of women have complications and can’t do any exercise (don’t beat yourself up if you are one of them). What I really despise, are the women who try to put other women down for not working out. It is a journey your body is on and you have to really listen to your body and do what is best for both you and baby. Heck, even if you don’t have the energy, listen to your body and relax. In the end, it isn’t worth stressing your body and essentially your baby about.