I haven’t always been into fitness, but when I started University in my late teens I did become more conscious of my body and the way I looked.! Prior to being pregnant I was at the gym 3-4 days a week, doing mainly classes like meta fit, spinning and body conditioning so always kept myself active.
When I found out I was pregnant I was OVER THE MOON …. but in the back of my mind (apart from thinking how the hell am I going to give birth to a baby!) I was thinking….. I am going to get FAT all that hard work out the window…but it doesn’t have to be that way!
I want to show you below the stages of my pregnancy throughout… to the end…
First Trimester During the first trimester I took it easy, since it was early stages but mainly due to the fact of feeling so tired and sick …even the word exercise made me feel sick.
Staying Active Firmly into my second trimester, I started feeling more energetic and getting the bug to do some more exercise. But for me I found a love of walking and this suited me. I wasn’t keen on going back to the gym and doing burpees, star jumps or doing a spinning class, so in my spare time (mainly doing the school run I would walk my eldest to school and back so roughly about 4 miles a day.
I also introduced some light weights which I did at home for 30 mins and followed the ‘Tracy Anderson Matt method‘ which I highly recommend! I did this at least 3 times a week and I found it really helped to keep my arms and legs toned. Lots of Lightweights – High Reps!
Diet Tiredness and morning sickness really hit me about 7 weeks in and I could barely get out of bed to do the school run and by 4 pm I was ready to go back to bed. So with regards to Diet, this really did go out of the window, to start with and I was eating anything to keep the sickness at bay..mainly carbs and haribos! By the second trimester, I began eating healthier and became obsessed with Tuna & Quinoa but with a dollop of salad cream and ate lots of fish and jacket potatoes! I did also add in a snack or two but didn’t go overboard, and indulged a little more mainly on the weekends 🙂
Overall (picture below – 4 days before I had Darcie) I put on a healthy 2 stone which I was happy with.
AND my beautiful baby Darcie was born – weighing in at 8lb, a nice and healthy size..!
After the LONG birth (another story), I finally brought my little girl home I was desperate to get rid off all my maternity clothes and box away my Maxi dresses and get my hareem pants out of sight!! After a few weeks of getting in the swing of things and getting used to no sleep and the sore boobs ooowwwwch… I did eventually venture out and started walking most days and gradually the baby weight fell off within 12 weeks.
But please remember working out and staying fit especially in the beginning whilst pregnant is not easy… but it’s worth it! Don’t be too hard on yourself, try to stay as positive as possible, and I guarantee you will be able to keep active and just keep moving!
Here are some top tips which I researched whilst being pregnant…
Staying Safe for You and Your Baby While Exercising:
- Remember to stretch before and after each workout
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and be careful to avoid overheating
- Avoid getting your heart rate too high – you should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising. If you can’t speak normally, it’s a sign you may be working out too hard.
- Strength training is okay but stay away from lifting heavy weights – stick to light weights with high repetition.
- Avoid contact sports or activities that post a high risk of falling.
- Avoid any exercises that force you to lie flat on your back.
- Listen to your body – stop exercising if you experience abdominal pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness or vaginal bleeding
SOURCE – Life Fitness