I’m now officially half way through my pregnancy and unfortunately still not feeling great. On the bright side I keep reminding myself this is not going to last forever and thankfully there is one thing that has significantly helped.
I’m a strong believer of crap in crap out, and when you are pregnant, hormonal and overall not feeling great it sometimes seems easier to justify curling up on the couch with your favourite comfort food. However, easier is not necessarily better, especially when it comes to our lifestyle choices.
Getting a bit of exercise throughout your pregnancy is not only going to help you but also the health of your baby. In fact, a recent study found, babies born to mothers who exercise in the third trimester were born with less fat, compared to newborns of less-active moms.
Continuing to make exercise a priority has not only been extremely important but also extremely helpful for me. By reducing the intensity and length of my workouts I have been able to continue working-out three to five times a week which I truly believe has helped with my feelings of nausea and improved my overall mood.
There are lots of great pregnancy friendly exercise options. I have always been a runner and luckily have been able to continue running but definitely not at the length or speed of pre-pregnancy and I can tell by my changing body that realistically my running days are probably going to be ending shortly.
I’m okay with this because during my pregnancy I have been doing other forms of exercise as well and when I’m ready to hang up my running shoes for a few months I will simply shift my focus.
Walking, swimming, spin classes, light strength training and yoga are all great exercise options for pregnancy. Along with my running I have done and enjoyed all of the above but have found yoga to be a personal fav.
Taking a half an hour first thing in the morning or before I go to bed to stretch my body and relax my mind has had a tremendous impact on the way I feel overall. YogaGlo is a great online site that has a number of pre and post pregnancy classes, allowing you to take a yoga class from the comfort of your home at a time that works for you.
Listening to my body has also been the key to my successful pregnancy exercise routine. Knowing when to pull back and when to sleep for an extra hour in the morning instead of going to the gym has allowed me to maintain my routine and the benefits that come from a regular exercise.
Of course it would be a miss to not point out that pregnancy is not the time to start a new and vigorous exercise routine. If you have not regularly exercised before becoming pregnant it’s probably best to wait until the second trimester. It’s also important to note that regardless of your pre-pregnancy routine, always talk to your healthcare practitioner about your exercise plan and any changes that you make.
Have you been exercising regularly during your pregnancy? What changes have you made to your routine? Has exercise helped you during pregnancy? I would love to hear about your experience, please leave a comment below.