By Schatem Boyd
Okay, so having a healthy baby is super important right?? So is keeping your body healthy and strong during your pregnancy. Now how do you do this? The good news is, if you were already exercising and eating healthy before your pregnancy, you are ahead of the game. If you weren’t that’s okay, now is a great time to start! This can get a little lengthy, so I am going to try and do this in separate posts by trimester.
FIRST TRIMESTER, or as I like to call it, the trimester in which you feel like a little alien is taking over your body. You are more tired than you have ever been in your entire life, you are definitely pregnant, but no one can tell yet, so they just look at you like your crazy because you can barely keep your eyes open and your moody as hell. There is also a HUGE and I mean HUGE possibility that you only want carbs because that is what will make you feel better. With all of this going on you are supposed to eat healthy and exercise. Is anyone else laughing out loud right now?! Okay, well trust me you can do it.
Let’s start with exercise. You are so tired right now, you probably feel like a walking zombie, and you would rather sleep than even think about exercise. If you didn’t exercise regularly before you got pregnant, now is the time to get in a habit that could serve you for a lifetime. Begin with a low level of exertion and work up to 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week. If possible, work with a trainer who has expertise in working out during pregnancy. I would also recommend starting with walking. Staying active is super important to your health and the health of your baby, and as an added bonus, it is one of the best ways to ensure a shorter labor. YAY!
If you were exercising before being prego, then you can keep doing what you were doing. YAY, again! Just make sure you listen to your body and your heart rate. If your heart rate gets too high, that isn’t good for baby, and when you are lifting weights, you may find that your strength is less than it was pre-baby. That is totally normal, but listen to that as well. If you used to lift 15-pound dumbells, you may find that you need to lift 10-pounds instead. Your body is already working harder than it ever did before and this is without exercise!
Even if you are experiencing morning sickness, or other queasiness, getting up and moving around will help you feel better. Exercise will also help you regulate weight gain and prepare you for bearing more pounds. It’s good for mood and sleep, too. The earlier your start in pregnancy the better!
Don’t forget to check out my post on first trimester eating! (Which may or may not be much more fun than exercise at this point).
Hey everyone. My name is Schatem I am a 34-year-old personal trainer, business owner, part-time freelance business advisor and consultant and most importantly, mom to my beautiful 2-year-old daughter. My life is crazy busy with a lot of moving parts. I have become a master at juggling! I love helping people. It is my passion! If I can help someone, it makes my day. When I am not running my business, I am training people, helping them discover their strength and ability to change their body and lifestyle, or I am helping others build successful businesses. With all of this, I feel like my greatest accomplishment is my daughter. It took me 2 ½ years to get pregnant and when I finally got my little miracle, my life was changed forever! I am excited to be a part of this blog, and hope that some of my story will help others!