Working Out While Pregnant

Working Out While Pregnant

Today I’m thinking out loud with Amanda and sharing some of my thoughts and experiences of working out while pregnant. These are simply my experiences so far and of course everyone is different! Without forcing any more of an intro, here are my thoughts in no particular order!

Working Out While Pregnant

  • My work day feels like a workout: Not sleeping at night, working 9 hour work days starting at 5:30 am, and keeping up with life in general is a lot. I often do not have the energy to fit in a workout like I used to. My energy level is wiped out by the end of the work day.
  • Easy moves feel challenging: I am not even in my third trimester yet but I feel the challenge of simple moves. The little extra weight makes a huge difference in my range of motion and what I’m able to do. Also, I get winded super easily from the baby! 
  • The 2nd Trimester has not been “golden” or Easy: I was told by so many people that the 2nd trimester would come with tons of extra energy and I would look and feel amazing. This has not been the case for me. Sure, I have more energy than when I was getting sick all day every day, but compared to my usual self, my energy is very low! 
  • Walking is Enough for me: As someone who used to workout 6 days a week, I never thought I’d be one of those people that thought walking was a good workout. But, I have found that it gets me moving, helps me feel less tired, and helps my hips and back to move a bit. I’m not moving mountains with the amount of physical activity involved in walking, but it sure feels like enough for my body!

Every pregnancy is different and some women thrive and do super intense workouts while pregnant. This has not been the case for me, and that’s okay! I know I’m doing my best and being my personal healthiest for me and baby. That means listening to my body and toning down what I thought would be the case. Every day is different and every day I listen to what I need. 

Anyone have any questions that they’d like to know? Favorite low impact workout? 

Tell me in the comments below!

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17 thoughts on “Working Out While Pregnant

  1. I was always amazed by some of the group fitness instructors who would lead an entire step aerobics or intense weight lifting class while pregnant. I’m glad that you’re listening to your body and moving in a way that feels good to you. Hope you start getting better sleep–that does definitely make it super-hard to get through a day of work. 🙁

  2. I love that you shared this. Both my pregnancies ended up being high risk…if I wasn’t on bedrest I was gently walking and that’s okay! Your number one priority it to grow a child. You will always have working out. I hate the pressure women feel to always be going going going. We need to be gentle and gracious with our bodies too.

    • So true! I think there is way too much pressure to continue on as normal and it’s just not the same normal! Normal is not growing another human all day and night for almost a year haha!

  3. Walking and prenatal barre/Pilates were my go-to workouts while pregnant. I ran some during the first trimester, but it became uncomfortable really quickly!
    I think the main thing is to listen to your body and do what makes YOU feel comfortable/safe/etc (& listen to your doctor, of course).

  4. With both of my pregnancies I had to “settle” for walking earlier than planned. It’s enough for a lot of women. I also kept teaching fitness classes as my body would allow and tried running in the water through the first one. Here’s hoping to continued activity in your 3rd trimester!

  5. I had days when I felt like running or doing a prenatal pilates / barre3 workout, and other days when walking (or doing nothing!) felt like plenty. Toward the end of my pregnancy, walking definitely made up most of my physical activity. I love it because now when I walk around our neighborhood with my little buddy, I remember walking that same route daily with him in my belly and daydreaming about what he would be like, listening to pregnancy podcasts. It’s the best!

    • Aw that is so sweet! I am looking forward to some evening walks when it gets warmer out. Also looking forward to taking her in the stroller for the same route when she’s here! 😀

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