First of all, can someone please tell me why I never invested in maternity workout clothes!? (Oh that's right, because I didn't work out during my last pregnancy). Hahaha! Seriously though, I was getting agitated through every workout trying to keep my pants up and my shirts from hiking up over my belly (super cute look, by the way). I finally found some full panel workout pants and a maternity racerback top, and I felt like I could have walked 10 miles on the treadmill with a smile on my face. Genius. Let's not talk about the fact that since I only own the one pair I haven't been washing them very much. Hardly ever.
Moving on. I want to talk bit (you know, an entire post's worth) about fitness during pregnancy. It took me a long time to lose the 'baby weight' and get back in shape after Ben was born. You can read about that journey here. This time around, I knew how important it was for me to focus on healthier food choices and daily activity. Aside from simply surviving that first trimester, I've done pretty well and I'm fairly happy with the few pounds I've gained so far. I still stand by my mantra that it isn't necessarily about the weight, but rather about the health and overall feeling of fitness. But HELLO, let's do a quick comparison of my pregnancies thus far so I can make you a believer of exercise too.
When I was TWO MONTHS pregnant with Ben, I weighed MORE THAN I DO NOW!!!! And I'm almost six months pregnant right now. Did you hear that? Crazy. I know this info because the first go around I went to a doctor's clinic that tracked all of my vitals online so I can joyously go and see what my blood pressure and weight was on any specific date. Lovely. Anyway...when I got pregnant with Ben I weighed more than I do now...so obviously working hard to exercise and get in better shape before getting pregnant this go around had a huge impact. My belly is still bigger, because my uterus already knows what's up, but my overall body and health is much improved. I've only gained ten pounds this pregnancy, which for me is a huge huge huge deal. While looking at my old chart I was shocked to see that when I was 5 months pregnant with Ben I already weighed what my total goal weight is for this entire pregnancy. Let's take a little side by side look and compare my first pregnancy vs. my second pregnancy at similar gestation.
Along with regular exercise, I've cleaned up my diet quite a bit in the past year. Admittedly, I didn't eat most fabulously during the first trimester. I was all about the carbs. The only thing that kept that pesky nausea at bay was bread, cereal, and...bread. Past those first few weeks I got back into my regular habits. We eat a lot of eggs, nuts, vegetables, and lean meats. It's definitely made a difference in the amount of weight I've gained in this pregnancy versus with Ben (I'm also not teaching 60+hours a week and eating all the break room goodies!) In this pregnancy I also started to notice how awful I would feel (rapid heart rate/palpitations/gut aches/headaches) when I ate much of anything processed, anything with sugar, or foods that transferred into sugar. I've cut down to mostly protein, fats, and fruits/veggies low on the glycemic index. It's helped tremendously! Even though I KNOW the facts about food, I'm always amazed at how much food=life and how simple changes in our diet can make a world of difference for our overall wellness.
Here's a 'typical' day of food and exercise (also, Ben eats what I eat but I usually add more fats to his meals like butter, or toast, or extra cheese slices, etc):
Breakfast: 3-4 scrambled eggs with half an avocado/mineral salt, and berries. 20 ounces of water with Vitamin D supplement, Vit.C, prenatal, probiotic, DHA/Omega 3.
Mid-Morning Snack: Tea, banana, green smoothie, shake, or muffin made with coconut flour/chia.
Lunch: Salad of fresh spinach, seeds, cucumber, green onion, avocado, black beans, hard-boiled egg or chicken, tomatoes with drizzle of avocado oil. A few cheese slices and an apple. Prenatal vitamin. Or if we have leftovers from dinner I eat those.
Afternoon Snack: Glass of milk, pistachios, hummus and carrots.
Dinner: Chicken kabobs, salmon patties, tuna melts, farm raised beef...with broccoli/asparagus/salad/steamed carrots/brussel sprouts...and quinoa/rice, etc. Prenatal vitamin and Vit.C. (Basically dinner is usually a pretty boring combination of protein and vegetables).
Evening Snack: I only eat an evening snack a few nights a week, and it's usually a small rice cake with peanut butter, or a mandarin orange, maybe a handful of cinnamon almonds. Nothing big.
Total water consumption per day is around 80 to 100 ounces.
Exercise: I wish I could change my ways, but night time seems to be my prime zone for working out. Ideally I would get up when my husband wakes up early for work and get it in, but I really like sleeping until my son gets up. Nap time seems to be a lull where I just need to either rest or do stuff I can't get accomplished when Ben is awake. So, usually, but not always, I workout in the evening when my husband puts Ben to bed.
30-45 minutes of cardio on the treadmill (usually equates to 2-3.5 miles)
Leg press (working a lot on lower body strength)
Chest press, bicep curls
Push-ups alternated with pelvic rocks, leg kicks
Kegels on the exercise ball alternated with squats and lunges
Back stretches, deep breathing, self-mediatting on positivity
**I am currently doing two weeks of the 21 Day Fix workouts in combination with the treadmill. I obviously modify a lot of the moves, or do kegels on my ball if there is hard ab work going on (too much core work puts strain on my ligaments and causes my scar tissue/nerves to bother me big time). Beside, what isn't motivating about working out with a bunch of gorgeous, ab laden women? (She said with sarcasm). Ha!
What are or were your pregnancy health, wellness, and fitness goals? What are some of the things you did that contributed to your success?