Five Thoughts on Fitness While Pregnant

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Hi there! Today I’m going to share some thoughts that relate to my current situation: being pregnant!

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My little Noodle!
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Obviously my blog is focused on health and fitness topics, as that has been a huge part of my life over the past three years. Staying consistent in those two areas hasn’t always been easy, but my reasons for wanting to be healthy have kept me pushing forward. Nobody ever told me that pregnancy would throw a HUGE wrench into my plans and lifestyle. HUGE.

  1. Eating clean isn’t always easy. Beyond that, eating isn’t always easy! Oh I think I want some grapes….so I get them out and wash them…nope, that sounds gross. Put them back in the fridge. Poptarts sound better. Meat makes me want to barf. Even now at 12 weeks, I eat very, very little protein. I can eat beans and almonds; sometimes eggs are ok. But I don’t even want to look at meat. No. Unless it is contained inside of a Big Mac, because that is perfectly acceptable.pregnant cake
  2. It is difficult to breathe. I get winded going upstairs in my house. Seriously. I am a runner, I used to teach 2-3 group fitness classes per day, I exercised all the time…and now I get tired moving from the couch to the refrigerator. I’m embarrassed to get breathless just instructing an INSANITY warmup at the gym. But apparently the way your heart and lungs work during pregnancy cause these changes to happen. Eh, either way I feel weak and out of shape and I’m not a fan of it.
  3. Exhaustion is a state of being. I think I’ve figured out why pregnant women are so tired all the time, and it really doesn’t have anything to do with hormones or growing a human in their bellies. It’s because they wake up three times at night to go pee, so they never get a good night’s sleep! Those people who say “Sleep while you can, before the baby gets here” must have forgotten that YOU CAN NEVER SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT. Even if I try to nap on the couch during the day, I wake up after 30 minutes because my bladder is about to explode. Every single time.pregnant pee
  4. Exercising is difficult to do. Due to a combination of the three observations above, exercising can be almost impossible some days. Without proper fuel in your body, it doesn’t want to perform like it used to. Difficulty with breathing means you run slower and take more walking breaks. Hormones work against your ability to see strength gainzzz. The constant tiredness makes it difficult to do simple things like take a shower, much less run an easy 5k like you did pre-conception. And then the extra weight, the relaxin hormone, the achy boobs, the bladder pressure….all factors working against you when you feel like you should hit the gym or pound some pavement. But with that said…
  5. You are more aware of what your body needs. Yes, it needs proper nutrition and fuel. Yes it needs healthy movement and exercise. But it also needs naps. It needs to be appreciated and loved and taken care of. Sometimes it needs that cupcake (it really does). It needs the water that makes you pee all night. If all you can stomach is fruit and an occasional salad, then eat that. A mom’s body is doing some powerful work, and feeling guilty about the things you think you should be doing or aren’t doing right isn’t going to help at all. Roll with the punches and do your best. It’s all we CAN do.
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Stopping to remember this this part of my life is temporary really helps me to deal with the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy. I only have 28 more weeks to grow this amazing little human, and then he or she will be out in the real world. While I may get those waves of nausea now as I enter the kitchen after someone has been cooking meatballs (gag), that won’t last forever. I may be celebrating the fact that I ran one mile on a sunny day instead of hitting a new 10k PR, but that’s ok. I may lose some of my muscle tone and strength, and the only gainz I see right now may be in the width of my hips. That’s ok too. Because right now, “doing work” means being the perfect incubator for my Noodle.

But after September, it’s game on again. #beastmode

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  1. Oh my friend, I can relate to every single one of these! I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and man it’s catching up with me. I am slowing down more and more every day, which as a personal trainer and bootcamp instructor (with a toddler at home) can be not only difficult but frustrating to say the least! So I feel ya! I also agree with cherishing every moment. It’s a hard thing to do when you have children at home because it feels like it goes so much faster but I truly do love every single part of being pregnant, the good, the bad and the ugly! I wish you a happy and healthy 28 more weeks and can’t wait to follow your journey as you go through it!

  2. My hat is off to you trying to keep up your fitness while being pregnant! Congratulations! There are so many options as far as what you can do now and so much more material out there. Hang in there and do what you can do when you can. It won’t be long til you’ll be holding that sweet baby! So nice to see you from the Blog Hop!

  3. Hi, I’m stopping in from the hop. It’s nice to meet you. Congratulations on your little noodle. I’m laughing about your Big Mac because the ONLY thing I could stomach in the 1st trimester with one of my kids was a McDonald’s Happy Meal. You do what you have to do. I think you’ll find everything gets a little easier during the 2nd trimester. You may actually feel almost normal. Enjoy this time. It is so special and will be over in a blink.

  4. Awh, congrats!!! I was lucky, my three pregnancies were very easy & mild. I vaguely remember some exhaustion…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t become a runner until many years after our last child was born, so I don’t have any advice on running while pregnant. I didn’t have any nausea, but I had LOTS of food aversions (and weird cravings). To this day, I cannot eat a banana (unless it’s been baked into a muffin). I love that Erma Bombeck quote….I came across that during my first pregnancy, and I held on to it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Rest up and enjoy the amazing little noodle that is developing, it is such a precious time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. As my sister would put it, pregnancy and then the children after change your fitness levels and workout schedules for at least the next 18 years. But on the plus side they are so worth it!
    I don’t have children yet, but hanging with my cute nieces and nephews I’d say they were worth my sisters sacrifices:)
    Good luck with your last 28 weeks, and I think its awesome you are able to stay active even if with some changes from what you were used to.

  6. Congratulations! I was walking on a treadmill the morning I had my son (of course at the time, I didn’t think I’d be going into labor that night, but anyway…..). I was sick a lot, wore seabands nearly my entire pregnancy and ate saltines and ginger! ๐Ÿ™‚ I never embraced my pregnant self. I like the quote you posted from Erma Bombeck. I can totally relate. Wishing you a wonderful pregnancy!

  7. My pregnancy was 15 years ago, long before I began this journey, so I didn’t care about being healthy. I craved Taco Bell and dark beverages made me throw up.

  8. Congrats! I went through all five of these thoughts when I was pregnant (I had my son at the end of December). Keeping sights on the finish line is what helped get me through my pregnancy, and helped me to focus on continuing to exercise throughout my pregnancy. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

  9. Congrats!!

    Yes….I remember all of these things! I actually was not into the healthy lifestyle during my last pregnancy… cake…cake…cake…is what i enjoyed…..oh and Peanut Chews ( I got a big box each month!)

    Such excitement and not right…..

  10. Congratulations and oh my goodness – YES! I can totally relate with these! Pregnancy just does some crazy things to us, doesn’t it! Seriously, though – I’m so excited for you!!!

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