I have to admit something – working out during pregnancy for me has so far been kiiiind of a joke. Because first of all, can we just talk about how much the first trimester sucks?! More on that later, but it’s so frustrating because you feel pressure to establish a really good workout routine in the beginning of your pregnancy, but you also feel (unless you’re one of those rare lucky ones) like you literally can’t do anything! At least for me, the nausea made working out seem laughable. So what have I been doing?
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was still feeling great so I kept up the workout routine I’d been doing, which I had been planning on telling you guys all about before this whole baby thing happened! We’ll have to revisit that later when I’m feeling more like myself, but it’s an amazing program/workout guide designed by my friend/trainer Danielle Pascente. Looking back, I’m really glad that I had started that before I got pregnant, because it got me in a good starting place for pregnancy. Now that I’m feeling a little bit better, I want to start implementing some moderated versions of her workouts back into my routine.
Like I said, during the first trimester I was in survival mode. The only form of “workout” I really stuck to was my walks with Lo, and I really think that was a lot better than doing nothing! It got us both out of the house and moving, and if I could just get myself to go I usually felt better afterwards. I always made sure to eat something healthy/light beforehand to ward off the nausea and drank a ton of water – don’t let yourself get hungry or thirsty if possible!
Now that I’m in the second trimester and feeling a bit better, I’m feeling a new resolve to get myself active again. I still do my walks with Lo, and have added yoga back in. But my growing belly and body feel awkward and heavy from not working out for a few months, my balance feels off, and I lose my breath so quickly! Needless to say, I’ve made the future nursery my yoga room and have just been trying out different videos of pre-natal yoga on YouTube. Hey, it’s a start! This coming week I’m determined to go back to pre-natal classes at my old yoga spot, as well as add back in a few of Danielle’s moves. Wish me luck – I’ll need it!
What I’m Wearing:
I’ve been living in these pants from lulu – I have 5 colors now I think?! I’ve posted about them before – there’s a reason they claim it’s the closest thing to being naked – but being pregnant with a growing belly has given me a whole new appreciation for how comfortable they are! Right now, they’re my only leggings that don’t dig into my belly. I also love this sports bra – I’ve been struggling to find bras that are comfortable and supportive (guys, I’ve never had to deal with boobs like this before!!!) so I went up to a size 8 per the suggestion of a lululemon employee and LOVE it. And how good is the nude color?! So basically, on any given day you can probably find me in some color variation of this outfit, whether I’m working out or not ;).
So I guess you could say I’m not exactly crushing it with the pregnancy workouts, but I do believe you have to be patient with yourself, listen to your body, and just do what you can. Just remember, you’re growing a human (or two)!