Staying fit while pregnant for me means figuring out what works for me that day, especially in the last trimester.
First a look back….
The first trimester I was tired on a new level that I had never felt before. However, I was still able to run and completed a couple of half marathons, Chicago Marathon and some shorter races.
Moving into the second trimester I was still feeling good and logging miles, just at a slower pace. By the 5th month, I started having “off days”. Sometimes I would try to run and my side muscles or hips would feel tight and very uncomfortable. Other days I would run and feel light as air. I only ran outside when Rob would join me. Otherwise my running has been on our treadmill.
I learned that I would need to just take what the day would bring. On these off days I would either rest, walk or walk/run if I felt like I could manage it. I also got a running belt for support. I used this even on days I didn’t feel like I needed the support, just to help make sure I would feel good the next day.
I also introduced prenatal workout DVDs now and then.
Now at the third trimester I had a couple of workout set backs that I mentioned in my previous post. First, my left hip was very sore. I could even feel it just walking around and not working out. I rested for multiple days, but it wouldn’t go away. Walking on the treadmill was even a challenge. I then decided I need to see if I could get in some workout on my bike. Unfortunately not long after the decision to cross train more, I fell in a restaurant. The baby is totally fine, but my ribs took the blow on the corner of a sharp chair. That injury made it difficult to move and breathe deeply, let alone workout. After ice, aspirin and rest I was finally able to try out some light workouts. I’ve not done my prenatal DVDs during this time, because the stretching would feel awful.
Getting into cycling more was tricky with my new size. For those who cycle, you can probably attest to the need to get in “seat time” on your bike. The racing seat on my bike is not a comfy feeling while pregnant (or really ever for that matter), even with padded bike shorts and a gel seat cover. Since I’m not training for a race and just need time on my bike, I got this more comfy seat and it made all the difference.
Rob’s tri-bike, showing our old seat style.
My tri-bike, with my uber comfy seat.
Rob and I also started swimming some, which has been a fun way to get in some more exercise. I found a maternity swim suit from Old Navy. I love the suit because it feels appropriate for lap swimming and would still work for lounging by a pool.
By thinking about my overall mileage, whether it came from walking/running/cycling/swimming, has helped me stay encouraged that as long as I’m moving, I’m staying healthy and so is my baby.
Outside of actual workouts I also got this fun gadget that encourages me to walk and take the stairs. Both of which I like to do anyways, but it’s motivating to find ways to squeeze in more steps and flights of stairs. It’s call fitbit.
You can upload activities that you do without wearing your fitbit too like swimming, running on a treadmill, cycling, etc. You can also log food, but the library isn’t built out as MyFittnessPal, so it would just take some extra time to get some items logged the first time. It can also track your sleep if you want. My favorite part is looking at the dashboard on fitbit.com to see the metrics about how sedentary, lightly active, and highly active I am each day, week, month.
As I enter into the last stages of my pregnancy and when I reach post-pregnancy, I like that I will have my fitbit to help encourage me to walk and keep moving.
Another addition in staying healthy I purchased the Nutribullet. It’s easy to use and clean. Plus it will blend apples (sliced and cored), veggies, and fruit. I enjoy making a smoothie in the morning to take into work. It makes it very easy to get in extra fruits and veggies.
If you have a Nutribullet, let me know your favorite recipes to make with it.
If you have any other staying healthy tips or activities that you did during your pregnancy or even to manage through an injury, please share!