Okay so let’s talk Pregnancy Workouts!
I’ve had alot of people ask me what workouts I have been doing since finding out I am pregnant.
I’ll be honest the first trimester was exhausting! I barely made it to the gym BUT now the nausea is totally gone, and I am able to get back in my routine!
So for the past couple of weeks I have continued doing Jamie Eason’s Phase 2 workouts.
They basically consist of 30 minutes of weights PLUS 30 minutes of cardio. I am aiming to workout 3-4 days a week. It’s a change from my previous 6 days a week,
but I am enjoying rest days and making sure my priorities are not all about the gym
What I am doing differently with my workouts:
I am NOT lifting as heavy.
That has been the biggest change, my last round of Jamie Eason I was really focused on losing weight but this time I am just focused on maintaining. AND I have noticed I get tired more easily, I’ve already talked with my doctor and gone over my workout routine and okay’d it with them. I definitely want to make sure I am not putting any unneccessary strain on my body. I still get a great workout using dumbells and the machines even though Im lifting a lower amount.
I am NOT using the treadmill.
This is a personal preference, but I have noticed that running is hard on my joints & mainly my hips since being pregnant. I have had always had a love hate relationship with running so honestly taking a break from it has been really nice! HA But I still get my cardio in by doing the bike or elliptical. I mainly do interval training setting on the elliptical and LOVE the good sweat I can get from just 30 minutes! It still is a great workout but more enjoyable for me.
I am taking MORE rest breaks.
It’s funny how half of the time I feel TOTALLY out of control with my body! O hello growing belly and discovering weekly changes leaves me in amazement and proves that my body is no longer my own 😉 BUT I can also say sometimes I have never felt more in tune with it! I can tell immediately when I need to rest and take it easy. I know when I am hungry and can tell when I need the gym time and when I don’t. My workouts take me a little longer but I am resting more in between sets and really being aware of when I need to take it easy.
Here’s an example of Leg day.
I do everything on the list below BUT I take it easy in between each set, with plenty of waterbreaks. This workout used to take me 30 minutes, NOW it takes me about 45 minutes to an hour. At first that was hard to get used to BUT I can tell when I need to push myself and when I need to take a water break. It’s honestly been good for me, teaching me patience which I will probably need alot of with the sleepless nights to come! HAHA
Okay so can I be real with yall for a minute? As if I haven’t already over divulged my personal thoughts ha! Being pregnant is AMAZING!! Like literally blows my mind and is such a blessing!! Especially the long journey that it has taken us to get here, I just appreciate this little one sooo much! BUT it is definately a BIG change emotionally & physically.
With all that said let’s talk body image.As you know I lost 30 pounds last year, and really changed my mindset about my body and healthy living. So honestly as the weeks go by and all of a sudden my clothes are a little tighter and my belly keeps growing, I have to REMIND myself this is for a baby! Sometimes I immediatly default back to that insecure girl and all those emotions come flooding back in, feeling uncomfortable in my skin. I Remember having to wear just the right shirt to hide my stomach, or a cardigan in the summer to hide my arms. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with my body and just when I was feeling more confident then EVER, its changing again. BUT the huge difference is NOW I know my changing body is for this amazing little person, and I need to embrace the changes.
It is not easy emotionally and physically. And seriously I always thought my belly would be this hard ball when I got pregnant.. UM maybe if your a size 0.. but mine is just pudgy! HA Totally not what I thought. AND okay ladies I’ve already had to go UP quite a bit in bra sizes! O the joy of my “bigger” by the day body! That is one place that I gain weight first! HA But I am really teaching myself to enjoy it, and remembering that all of these changes are normal and are to help house this baby. So even though I feel a bit in the awkward “is she pregnant or just chubby” stage, 😉 I am going to embrace my new body and embrace this pregnancy journey!
I have only gained about 3 pounds so far (I lost about 8 the first trimester from being so sick, then slowly gained it back plus 3 more), which is good BUT I can definitely notice the changes in my body.
I feel like EVERYWHERE is getting bigger HAHA and it is a big change. But I am trying really hard to stay healthy & continue my clean eating (most of the time) and getting in the gym regularly.
For all you other moms out there did you struggle with BODY IMAGE while being pregnant? Would LOVE some advice!
We find out this weekend if we are having a boy or a girl?! EEEEEKKK I can’t wait! I am totally thinking GIRL and David is thinking BOY so one of us will be very suprised! Either way we couldn’t be happier and are so thrilled!