Staying Fit While Pregnant

Now that my personal trainer has moved across town and I’m back to working out on my own I thought I would share my ideas for how to stay fit while going forward. I plan to come back and update this as it gets later in my pregnancy with feedback on what worked for me and what didn’t.

Running

You’ve all seen the Sex in the City movie, right? (the first one, not the second one) Remember when Charlotte was pregnant and worried about running, she finally went to her doctor and he said that because she was a runner before becoming pregnant she could keep on running through her pregnancy? Well that’s stuck with me for the last 6 years or so and I’ve always planned on keeping up with running while pregnant. Lauren from Health on the Run was also an inspiration so I was determined to do it.

It turns out that running while pregnant is NOT comfortable for me. After about a mile things start to get tight in my lower abdomen (uterus) area and after another half a mile the tightness turns into pain, like the feeling of a cramp in my side that won’t go away and isn’t in my side. I ran 3 miles last night and I plan to complete my 10k race on Sunday (which I’m dreading) and then I’m calling it quits on running. It’s not worth it to me. So freaking uncomfortable.

This is what my runs used to look like…

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And this is what they look like now…

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StairMaster

I do want to keep up with my cardio though, especially since I’m going to be in Colorado later this summer (at 29 weeks pregnant) and I’m sure we’re going to be doing lots of walking/hiking activities. I want to keep my lungs and my legs strong so I can at least keep up with my 6 and 7 year old nephews! I am not sure how the altitude is going to affect me and I might have to take it easy for the first couple of days to let myself adjust, but I’m really hoping that I can have fun and be active while I’m there. I actually really like the StairMaster (though I’m not sure how I’ll feel about it now that I’m 20 pounds heavier) so I think this will be a great option for me. My goal is 30 minutes 2x per week. 

Walking

Walking is fantastic exercise that is highly underrated. Now that I’m carrying around extra weight it’s harder than it used to be and even better for me. It’s also incredibly relaxing and doesn’t feel like a chore when I’m doing it. I like to walk on my lunch break a couple of times a week and I have a 1.75 mile route that I can finish in about 30 minutes. I should also be walking Dexter a lot more than I have been lately. I know myself and how lazy I can be though, so I want to set a realistic goal for myself here. This might get harder for me once it gets hot out side (do I really want to go for a walk on my lunch break and come back dripping in sweat?). Maybe when it get’s too hot I’ll drive the 8 minutes to the mall and take up pregnant mall walking like Keri did. For now my goal is 30 minutes 4x a week. 

Strength/Weights

Up until this point (21 weeks pregnant) I have been meeting with my personal trainer once a week and then repeating the workout she gives me one other time on my own. Shannon is a doll and gave me my training folder at our last session so I have copies of every workout we’ve done since I started training with her in late December. I tend to get bored easily and I want to make sure that I’m sticking to working out twice a week, so my plan is to keep things fresh 2x a week. Maybe I’ll do one Shannon workout per week and then my other session will be a Bodypump class (modified a little) or something at home.

When it comes to gym workouts there are a lot of things that I can keep doing, like these:

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BicepCurls

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The list of what I can’t do while pregnant is actually a lot shorter than the list of things I can do while pregnant. Once you’re past the first trimester you shouldn’t do any activities flat on your back on the floor or any activities that have you on your stomach. So none of these:

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I came across a couple of YouTube videos that would be super easy for me to do at home if I’m too busy (read: lazy) to go to the gym. Each of these activities is just 10 minutes so I could pick a couple to do on my own, which isn’t as good at hitting the gym for 45 minutes but it’s sure as hell better than doing nothing, RIGHT?

This video contains five different Pilates workouts and all you need are a yoga mat, a couple of pillows, and some weights (3-5 pounds is recommended. All I have at home are 8 pounds dumbbells so we’ll see how that goes when I try this out).

Here’s the breakdown of what workouts can be found at which time segment in the video, so you can skip to what you want:

Standing Pilates – 3:38
Core – 13:57
Buns & Thighs – 24:05
Total Body – 34:01
Flexibility – 44:15

 

Here’s another video that’s just 10 minutes long and this one is all about arms.

 

 

Yoga

I really love going to the prenatal yoga classes that are offered for free at my birthing center. First off, THEY’RE FREE. Second, I’m surrounded by lots of other pregnant bellies which I absolutely love. Third, it’s hard so I really feel like I’m doing good for my body. Fourth, it’s relaxing! Fifth, it’s only 5 minutes from my house, 10 minutes at rush hour. Yoga is offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the birthing center and my goal is to go 1x-2x per week. Since I have other fitness goals besides yoga I just don’t think it’s realistic set a goal for more than that. Maybe as I get closer to my due date yoga will become more important and I’ll want to make it more of a priority.

Does anyone else have good suggestions for ways to stay fit while pregnant? Like I said, I plan to update this as my pregnancy goes on so stay tuned!


5 thoughts on “Staying Fit While Pregnant

    • 1. I’ve already paid for it and I’m not into wasting money.
      2. I’m a part of a relay team for the triathlon and if I don’t run then my entire team (who has also already paid) is disqualified.
      Because of those two things I must do the 10k on Sunday but I’ve told my teammates that it’s going to be a combination of running and walking and probably take me around an hour and a half to finish. I’ll also be very proud of myself afterwards! :)

  1. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and decided I would finally comment. (This is Lindsey, Steven’s lil sister. I think I’m less awkward than I was in middle school – maybe.) I also think it’s awesome that you are still running, and hopefully Sunday isn’t too bad! I just wanted to let you know that your blog inspired me to train/run my first marathon last year. (I think you trained for one, but ended up getting injured?) We have very similar stats, and it was one of those, “Well she is doing it, so I can too!” So thanks!

    Also, do you ever run or walk at Walnut Creek? I used to live in the apts on Metric and Gracy Farms and I would spend hours every evening walking in Walnut Creek with my dog. It’s the most magical place.

    Okay, this is why I never comment! Brevity isn’t my thing. Good luck on Sunday!

    • Lindsey – I’m glad you finally commented! I had no idea you read my blog. I remember seeing on Facebook that you ran a marathon and I said to Ross, “Hey, Steven’s sister ran a marathon! That’s so awesome, and I’m so jealous!” That’s definitely something to be incredibly proud of and I WILL do one eventually, there’s just no telling when that will be now that this baby is coming to take over our lives… Maybe we can do a race together one day, when I’m back to running (next spring?). For now, with this 10K is behind me, I’m sticking to walks with Dexter at Walnut Creek (because it really is a magical place).

  2. I couldn’t run while pregnant either. It’s one of the things I missed most, but in the end, it wasn’t worth the pain or worry about the pain it caused. Your goals are great & I’m sure will contribute to a healthy pregnancy & baby :)

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