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!