Guess what? I’m pregnant!
Want to know something else? I’m still working out!
We all set goals for 2018, and my first goal is to have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Which brings me to my first point, a lot of my happiness and health comes from my workouts. Working out while pregnant can be a hot topic, and many people have opinions on the topic and they aren’t always positive ones.
Listening to the messages your body is sending you, especially during your pregnancy is incredibly important; and maintaining a regular work out routine during your pregnancy is definitely something that should be discussed with your doctor in order to figure out the right plan for yourself. But most importantly don’t let yourself quit, (or not start) because of a few negative opinions.
I know there are many articles, blogs, and opinions out there on this subject, but doing your own research from a credible source will help you understand the risks and benefits that come with exercising while you’re growing a human. One of the most common things I hear is that if you were not working out before you got pregnant, you cannot start now that you are pregnant. Though this statement does hold some truth, its not necessarily accurate. If you are having a healthy pregnancy the CDC recommends that pregnant women get up to 150 minutes of moderate (this means still being able to hold a conversation while exercising) aerobic exercise per week. That’s 30 minutes each day. So for the newbie exerciser, you can and should, start slow! Maybe its only a 5-minute walk every day, but it’s something; you’re moving, and that’s the point! Eventually you can increase your time, and slowly work it up to 30 minutes, or a time frame you feel comfortable with. On the other hand, if you’re a veteran to the exercise world, you can keep doing the same workouts upon doctor’s approval!
There are a few things that change during pregnancy that can affect your exercise that are very important be aware of. The first thing I noticed was my breathing. If anyone
knows me or has seen me workout, you know I love my cardio just as much as I love lifting weights. Let me get a run in and I’ll be a happy camper! But a couple weeks after finding out I was pregnant I realized I was wheezing like I used to when I first began running…not cool. I’ve worked very hard at this whole running thing (I used to HATE running), and now I feel like I’m back at square one. With pregnancy, your need for oxygen increases, so feeling short of breath is normal; which is why it is important to make sure you’re still able to hold a conversation while doing cardio, and again, always check with your doctor. There are a few other changes and precautions to take while you’re pregnant that I recommend reading up on and discussing with your doctor.
Exercise is GREAT! In any way, shape, or form, and as a trainer; I am just happy if
you’re getting up and moving! The same goes for pregnancy. However, there is a common misconception that pregnancy is like a disease and your life will no longer be the same from that moment on. I mean, to a point it won’t, you’ve got another life you’re now responsible for! But this amazing, life-changing, tiny human will benefit much more from you being active, not from giving up your exercise and health. You should be more afraid of living a sedentary lifestyle and the negative effects it has on your health vs. going out for a 20-30- minute walk.
Personally, exercise is my stress reliever and going a day without it really isn’t an
option. Of course, if I was told - by my doctor - to scale it back or rest all together, I would certainly listen. I also listen to my body, and if anything feels different or just not right, I stop, and I change what I am doing. Knowing your body and understanding your limits will allow you to safely workout.
But for now, I’m healthy, my baby is healthy, and I am going to continue to improve our lives with exercise! I hope that if you are pregnant, or you plan to become pregnant that this helps you see the benefits that come with exercise and encourages you to get out there and stay active!
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