Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Staying Fit During Pregnancy

For someone like me who usually counts the calories for every blessed sip, bite, lick, or taste that crosses my lips, pregnancy is a wonderfully freeing time where I can eat without worry about the scale, although I do have some scale anxiety.

However, it's not a time to indulge in every whim or craving because the pounds add up fast and it's not good for you or baby to turn into a beast.  So how do you reconcile eating that second helping of ice cream with trying to have a healthy pregnancy?  Exercise.

Exercise is one of the best things that I've ever done for myself.  When Isabella was about two I joined a gym and became a real gym rat.  I loved running on the treadmill and the elliptical.  I loved the free weights and the time it gave me to myself to kind of just zone out.  After we bought the house and money was considerably tightened, we decided that we had to forgo our gym membership to save a bit of money.  No problem we would run outside and I used some free weights that I had.  I loved the way exercise made me feel about myself and I love that it let me feel strong and capable and that it gave me a few extra calories to play around with.

Keeping fit during pregnancy isn't necessarily easy.  You're sick, nauseous, tired, bloated, big and achey.  But here is what I did to help me make exercise part of my pregnancy.

1.  Make it part of your routine- I'm all about lists and organization.  So I would schedule in exercise to my to-do list 3-4 times a week.  It could be a brisk walk or a DVD or a yoga class.  But if I put it in for that date, I would try and get it done.  Made it easier to stick to a routine because if I waited around until I felt like it, I'd probably never feel like it because watching TV and farting around on facebook is a lot more fun to me than exercise.

2.  DVD's- I'm all about the dvd, especially since I gave up my gym membership.  So I use Tracy Anderson's The Pregnancy Project and a prenatal yoga dvd.  I like the pregnancy project because it involves weights and lower body exercises and there's a different dvd for each month which keeps things from getting boring.  Then there's the yoga dvd for when I feel like I'm getting tight and need a good stretch.

3.  Get out there- When the weather hasn't been -7 degrees and the ground covered with ice, I've tried to keep up with walking.  I ran throughout my first and the bulk of my second trimester, except when I was on pelvic rest for the threatened miscarriage for 6 weeks.  Then when it got too cumbersome I switched to walking.  It's free and it's effective.

I'm hoping all this exercise will help to negate the fact that I could eat my weight in cookies and Cadbury cream eggs.  And I'm also hopeful it will be easier to get my body back after the baby comes.  I know when I was pregnant with Isabella I would work out like every third Tuesday of the month when there was a full moon and I ate basically whatever I wanted and it took me almost a year to get back to my pre-baby weight.  Now I know better, so I'm trying to do better.

What tips do you have for staying fit during pregnancy?

3 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

Good for you! Back in the dark ages when I was pregnant, not much attention was paid to exercise and fitness. You're smart to stay on top of the situation! I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

The Dose of Reality said...

Am super impressed that you are staying so fit! That is hard to do, especially in the 2nd pregnancy!

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