One of the fun things many people end up doing in their 20s is find another human and create a tiny human. Yay for (un)planned pregnancy! Now you get to eat anything you want, kick back and relax, right?
Not quite. I won’t lie, pregnancy is extremely physically taxing. I’d compare it to running a marathon with a stomach flu. But, when it’s all said and done, you get the best fucking gold medal of your entire life. Keeping your body in the best shape possible during your pregnancy will help both you and your baby when it comes time to break that red finish line tape. Here’s how:
Your pregnancy fitness motto: Nike That Shit!
– AKA, just fucking do it. Trust me, I know it’s hard to drag your pregnant behind to the gym, but once you’re there you’ll get into the groove and get in a good workout. First trick is to just get the hell up and do it. I find that if I put on all of my gym clothes when I have my first burst of morning energy, I’m much more likely to go to the gym than to get changed. Find whatever trick works for you.
The First Trimester:
– The hardest time to do anything physical is actually the first trimester, when you’re more fatigued than Kim K’s selfie editor team. However, the best way to stay in shape during pregnancy is to keep as active as possible from the first trimester. So, remind yourself that the more you can hit the gym now, the less flabby your arms will look in that first baby photo. Tips to a great arm workout? I like to stick to my bicep curl machines, and my tricep pushdowns. Machines don’t stress the rest of my body out as much, and it’s less of a pregnancy balancing act. You can do 3 sets of 15 reps on each machine and still have enough strength to pop open that pickle jar when the next craving hits.
– This is also the time to buy some cute maternity fitness clothes and bigger sports bras. If you have clothes that actually flatter your growing belly, you’re much more likely to actually get dressed for the gym. Also you’ll be amazed at how heavy your preggo boobs feel on a jog. My go to bra choices for my preggo boobs are CW-X and Moving Comfort.
– This is the also time for strength training. Cardio will just exhaust you even more right now, and you won’t be allowed to lift much as time goes on. In addition to my arm workout, I find that a few sets of the leg presses help keep the muscle tone in my legs.
The Second Trimester:
– AKA fucking heaven! Seriously, reaching the 2nd Tri is like getting that job you wanted in your field after 3 months of unemployment. The exhaustion, nausea, bloating, all gone in a poof! Take advantage of this time like Kris Jenner takes advantage of her children.
– For motivation this trimester, remind yourself that this is the best you’re probably going to feel during pregnancy. Best to take advantage of your boosted energy and small belly while you still can.
– Now is when you can jump back on that treadmill and get a nice sweat going. Obvi, make sure to ask your doctor before you commit to a crazy workout plan.
The Third Trimester:
– Shit just got real! At this point you are getting pretty damn pregnant, and starting to feel like it again. Sleep is harder because you have a baby playing Fruit ninja with your bladder. You may be aching in places you never even knew could ache. But, you still want to keep active.
– For the last trimester, check out the hashtag #fitpregnancy on instagram. It will remind you that there are thousands of other women doing it, and so can you.
– This is when most women will start to slow it down. Try switching to some Prenatal yoga, or walking a few miles every day. Stretching each morning is also really helpful when you wake up feeling like you were hit by a truck during the night.
So yes, staying fit during pregnancy is hard, but far from impossible. it takes a lot of physical and mental drive. Probably why women are the only ones that can do it!
Photo Source: Huffington Post