I’m a little over half way done with my pregnancy – 23 weeks! Woot Woot! I am STILL so excited about our gender reveal party! It’s a GIRL!!! 🙂 They say baby girls steal your beauty and boy does that ring true for me! The weight gain this pregnancy has been real. But, I am not giving up on my fitness goals!
I had a lot of expectations going into this pregnancy. I wanted to eat uber healthy, exercise at least 5 days a week, and only gain the recommended 25-30 pounds. My sister in law was able to do it, I could do it too!
Well, the first trimester was a bit of a bust. I was SO tired all the time and I had major food aversions. Salads made me wanna vomit … but french toast smothered in peanut butter and doused in real maple syrup was my new best friend. I mean, we partied together every.single.day!
A recommended, healthy weight gain for the first trimester is between ZERO and five pounds. Well, I wrapped up that first trimester with an extra 12 pounds. Whoops!
Now that I am in my second trimester I can stomach salads again, but I still LOVE me some french toast, candy, pastries, cake, ANYTHING sugar! And the cravings don’t end with food. I crave down-time, too. I feel like I need at least 10 hours of sleep otherwise I am a non-functioning zombie.
I’ve been trying to tackle these cravings and kick them in the butt. But, in all honesty I haven’t truly been holding myself accountable. At my latest doc visit I was told I’ve gained 20 pounds already in this pregnancy! WOW! How did this happen?!?! I’m only half way done with my pregnancy and I’ve already gained way more than half of what I am supposed to. Yikes!
There are a lot of opinions out there about working out and pregnancy. My biggest thing is that I want to be healthy for my baby and I want to be FIT and strong for when I go into labor.
I am a labor and delivery nurse so I’ve seen firsthand how much strength and effort it takes to push a baby out from where the sun doesn’t shine. It’s exhausting, painful, and frankly, if you aren’t in shape then you’re going to have a more difficult time. Not mincing words there.
Working Out While Pregnant
Before I got pregnant I was on the Whole 30 diet and at the gym often. I’d run about 10-15 miles a week. Honestly, I had a bit of personal guilt when I lost my son, Johnathan, so I wanted to be healthy and as strong as possible for my rainbow baby. I continued this routine in the beginning of my first trimester then I kinda began slacking off a bit. Primarily because I was lazy but partially because there are a lot of women out there who scared the bejesus out of me. They said all sorts of things about the dangers of working out while pregnant.
Staying Fit While Pregnant
I am committed to staying strong and healthy for me and my rainbow baby. I know that the first half of my pregnancy was a struggle, but I’m getting back on track (and writing this blog/putting it out into the world is my way of holding myself accountable)! 🙂
I’ve chatted with my doctor (and I always recommend talking to your doc before you change any fitness routine/diet while pregnant) and brought up my main concerns: is working out safe & healthy during pregnancy?
I am SO happy to hear from her that yes, it is actually perfectly fine to work out while pregnant. You’re obviously not allowed to begin training like Hulk Hogan, but maintaining your previous routine is actually recommended.
Actually, even if you had no previous routine it’s STILL recommend to go to the gym and get light cardio/muscle strength training in. Riding a bike, walking on the treadmill, and/or using the elliptical are the recommended cardio machines because they’re more gentle on your joints. And if you think that abdominal work outs are a “no-go,” think again! My doc said that the core strength is great, especially for when I go into labor. (Which I already knew to be true – Hello LONG labors – but I just wanted to double check.) Important tip: avoid lying on your back for long periods of time when your reach your second and third trimesters when working out or even if you’re just lounging/sleeping.[bctt tweet=”I am going to get fit for the summer! I am going to get fit for the summer! I AM going to get fit for the summer! RT if you’re on a mission to get fit! :-)” via=”no”]
With my hubby and I buying our very first home AND having a baby all at the same time (way to add on the expenses) we really can’t afford fancy trainers and gyms. To be honest, we don’t really need anything “fancy” anyway, We just want a clean, safe, AFFORDABLE gym.
I recently found out that Planet Fitness is offering a new membership sale. New members can join any location from May 1 – 12 for just $5 down (enrollment fee) and $10 a month thereafter, no commitment. So that’s pretty exciting! I researched their website to find my closest club to our new home.
A Few Things I Love About Planet Fitness
• Planet Fitness fosters a “Judgement Free Zone” – a non-intimidating, hassle-free, welcoming environment that makes everyone feel comfortable.
• Planet Fitness caters to “everyday people” – first time or occasional gym users versus fitness fanatics or body builders.
• Many clubs are open and staffed 24/7.
• All clubs have spacious locker rooms you can use.
• Unlimited fitness training is included in all memberships.
I am holding myself accountable to staying healthy for my rainbow baby and me by putting it out into the universe. Fingers crossed I don’t gain more than 20 pounds in the last half of my pregnancy. (Sharing this blog about a 20 pound weight gain definitely encourages me to choose healthier options and get back in the gym.)
If you’re looking to get in shape – pregnant or not – and you need an affordable, friendly, comfortable gym I’d definitely recommend looking into Planet Fitness. They have literally more than a thousand gyms nation wide and thankful they really won’t break the bank. Follow this link if you want to find your closest club.
Good Luck to you — and me! LOL 🙂
If you’re interested in learning more tips and tricks on fitness just let me know. I’d be happy to blog more on this.
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