Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

pregnancy fitness

on October 3, 2012

the comments I receive from strangers about my bump pretty much run the full spectrum, from “you’re so tiny!” to “wow, you still have how much longer to go?” 😛 but when it comes to people who know me and knew me before getting pregnant, most of the comments include things like “you can only tell you are pregnant from your bump” and “you haven’t gained weight anywhere but in your belly!”

this wasn’t an accident. I have put real effort into this. if you know me in real life, you know that I’m not a super skinny girl. this is because I LOVE food. and I don’t love exercise. when contemplating becoming pregnant, my biggest worry was not labor and delivery, it was not morning sickness, or any other discomforts that might come along with pregnancy. my concern was that I would gain 60 pounds and never be able to lose it all again.

so when I entered my third trimester and got an email from one of the pregnancy websites that I read and it said, “by this point you should have gained 17-24 pounds” and I realized I’ve gained 18, I was very proud of myself. I’m right on target for where I should be. and I put in effort to get here. there are three factors to what I think has helped me be successful so far.

hydration: when I gave up caffeine 18 months ago, I made a huge change in what I drink during the day. I went from drinking mostly sodas during the day, to only drinking water or tea. when I got pregnant, I changed that again to only water. I have a 24 oz. tervis with a handle, lid, and straw. my work is awesome enough to provide machines in every break room that give crushed ice and water. I drink at least 3 if not 4 of those 24 oz. cups of water during my work day and continue to drink water at home. I think this obsession with staying hydrated has really helped me not to retain water weight for the most part, and I know it has helped with swelling. it was a hot summer and I didn’t have a problem with swelling at all, except for my wedding rings in the past few weeks.

food: I mentioned I love food. as much as I want to stay healthy, I also wanted to enjoy this pregnancy, and not restrict myself overly, to the point where I might feel deprived. I mean, I’m growing  a person, if I really want some peaunut butter m&ms, do I really need to deny myself becasue it isn’t a healthy snack? I don’t think so. that doesn’t mean I have indulged in every craving I have had. no way. but if it was a fairly intense craving, or one that had been lingering a few days, I went ahead and obliged it. it has made me a very happy pregnant lady. for the remainder of the time, I have been diligent about making sure I eat smaller meals more frequently, and snack as soon as I feel hungry. I learned early on that an empty stomach is not a pregnant girl’s friend and will only lead to nausea. I have made sure to get adequate calcium (something I didn’t necessarily do before being pregnant), as well as protein (which seemed so much more important now). And I have made concious choices.

exercise: as I’ve mentioned, I’m not big on exercise. mostly because I don’t like to sweat, and I’m a sweater. a little over a year ago, a coworker and I started walking on every break we have at work. 15 minutes in the morning, 15 of the 30 minutes we get for lunch (the other 15 is reserved for eating), and 15 minutes in the afternoon. if we make all three walks, thats 45 minutes of walking per day. now, we haven’t been able to walk all three times every single day. sometimes there are meetings that get in the way, and sometimes errands need to be run at lunch time. but for the past year, we have ben pretty consistent with walking. and I kept it up. even through the incredibly hot summer. I would carry my water with me to make sure I stayed hydrated in the heat.

in addition to walking, I purchased two prenatal dvd sets. they each came with a different disc for each trimester. the cardio/toning dvds are called “Lindsay Brin’s pregnancy fitness.” they look like this (although I got all four in one box):

Lindsay Brin 1st Trimester Pregnancy Fitness: Cardio, Toning PLUS Yoga Lindsay Brin 2nd Trimester Pregnancy Fitness: Cardio, Toning PLUS Yoga Lindsay Brin Third Trimester Pregnancy Fitness: Cardio, Toning PLUS Yoga Lindsay Brin Postnatal Boot Camp.
I got my copy at target, but you can find them at this website.  I really like this workout. Lindsay Brin is a little overly peppy, but not so much that I get annoyed, and she throws out some great motivational facts which really help me keep going (did you know if you work out while pregnant, you will have an easier time getting back into shape after the baby is born? or that women who work out while pregnant can regulate their body temperature better than women who don’t exercise during pregnancy? me either). plus, it is the perfect level of intensity. I feel good when I’m finished, not dead tired, but energzied and productive.

the yoga dvd is this one:
it also comes with a different disc for each trimester. I don’t really care for the instructor. but the actual workout is relaxing, soothing, and stretches all of those uncomfortably tight areas oh so nicely. I got mine at target, but it’s on amazon too.
my goal has been to use the cardio/toning dvd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and the yoga dvd on tuesdays and thursdays. I have not met this goal once my whole pregnancy. and that’s ok. because we are busy. and preparing for a baby takes a lot of time and energy. and I’m not going to push myself to the point of exhaustion trying to get it all done. this is new for me. this trying to take care of my emotional and physical well being, even if that means giving up something that will actually help those things. because sometimes, when you are done running the bagillion errands you had to run, after you worked 8 hours, and ate dinner, you just need to put your feet up. and that’s ok. especially when you are pregnant.
I’ve really been trying to keep a good balance to my life. to not stress. and not take things too seriously. to realize that eating a yummy treat while cuddled up with my husband on the couch watching a movie can be just as important as getting that workout in. and knowing that we have a limited amount of time as just the two of us makes me appreciate, and indulge in those moments more often.
and it seems to be working for me so far. I’m no longer concerned that I will gain 60 pounds and not be able to lose it again. and as much as I want to stay as healthy as possible, I’m going to continue with the balance that makes me happy. and if I gain more weight than I originally wanted to, big deal. it will come off. the important thing for me is enjoying this journey.

3 responses to “pregnancy fitness

  1. It’s wonderful that you are so healthy! Your baby will thank you later. When I had my first child, people also told me I almost didn’t look pregnant (except for the bump). Four children later…..let’s just say people tell me I look pregnant even when I’m not…. 🙂

  2. Holly says:

    I thought I did good to until the end of my 3rd tri and then I swear if i looked at something I gained a pound lol. But both kids it only took 2 wks until I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. All I can say is it’s totally worth the marks and loose skin lol. Your body will be forever changed no matter what, just look at is as a tattoo memorial just kidding! At least you don’t have any stretch marks hopefully that continues! I was not as lucky in that department.

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