Saturday, December 28, 2013

Exercise During Pregancy

I was a Zumba lover before I got pregnant.  Work would sometimes get in the way of me making it to a class, but there were periods over the past 1-2 years where I would Zumba consistently 2 times a week, sometimes 3 if I could squeeze in a weekend class!!!  The rule with exercise during pregnancy seems to be that if you did it before, you can likely safely do it during pregnancy.  I remember one of my favorite Zumba teachers shimmying throughout her pregnancy, up until about a month before she delivered!  I remember thinking she was amazing and hoped that I'd be able to do prego Zumba too!

Alas, here I am, nearly 19 weeks pregnant and only having gone to the gym a measly ONCE so far.  October 13 seems so long ago.... though I can still remember very clearly the nausea I felt when I got off the elliptical machine that day...  It seems like it hasn't let up since then!  ;)

Well, couch potato no more!  Hubby and I went to the gym together today!  {He really has been the one guilting encouraging me to go back for weeks, since all the pregnancy books try to trick you into believing that once the first trimester is in the rear view mirror so is the fatigue and nausea...}

I walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill and then did about 2 sets of 10 bicep curls on each arm using a 5 pound dumbbell before I had to call it quits.  Although I drank a full 16 ounce bottle of water while walking and didn't walk too fast or on too steep of an incline, I somehow wound up feeling pretty crappy by the time I left.  I had a little of a cramp in my side {possibly from the water, though I made sure to sip it slowly} and couldn't even bring myself to lift each arm another 10 reps.  I was a little disappointed, but I guess that's not too bad for my first visit back to the gym in over 2.5 months.  Let's hope it's not another 11 weeks before I make it back again...

I really want to work on some more arm toning and definitely some stretching and other prego-friendly exercises over the next few months.  There are a number of benefits to exercising during pregnancy.  They say that having a baby is like running a marathon, and there's noooooo way on God's green earth I'd ever be able to do the latter, so I'm thinking I need to prepare as best as I can with my remaining "training time" to make it through the delivery!!!   Plus, some studies show that pregnant women who exercise and/or stay fit have shorter labors.  Yes, please!

The Bump website has a pretty handy exercise workout guide {click here} that I'm going to *try* to use for the remaining few months of my pregnancy.
Source: The Bump
Hubby also got me a great workout video for my birthday that I'm going to give a shot, too.  {Even though my current work-out clothes may or may not look like skin on bologna...}

Here's to more exercise in 2014!


  1. I never exercised while pregnant, because like you, I was so sick through most of it, there was just no way. But the good news, when I had Mitch, I only pushed a mere nine times and he was out! I guess being fit BEFORE he came along really helped me out in that department.

    Okay, are we going to get to see bump pictures from you?? I'm predicting a boy, too, by the way! Can't wait to your baby has finally arrived!

    1. That's so good to know!! Oh man, how I pray for an easy and quick labor! (Though not too quick that I don't make it to the hospital in time... NYC traffic better cooperate with me when the time comes!)

  2. I'm 16.5 weeks, and I've been in the same boat. I really want to go back to my zumba class, but I was too scared/sick/tired during the first trimester to even try. Now I'm still sick and tired, but I miss the dance. I'm hoping my doctor clears me to go back this Thursday. Good luck as you get back into the habit! I have noticed that the gastro-intestinal joys of pregnancies are improved by walking. Hopefully, you'll see some of that too.

    1. Hi Courtney, thanks for reading! I will keep my fingers crossed for you that your doc gives the thumbs up to Zumba this week! If you do go back, please let me know how it goes!!! Since I've barely managed a treadmill to date I was sort of giving up on the Zumba idea during pregnancy, but you might have just inspired me! Good luck and feel well!

  3. Merry Christmas!
    I'm glad you are able to work out during this pregnancy. I also stopped during first tri, but picked it up again around 17 weeks. I seriously think it's the reason why I've had SO much energy and barely any aches and pains so far. I hope to keep it up through it all. What video do you have? I got Summer Sander's prenatal video for Christmas and I am sore afterwards so that much be a good sign! I'm glad you are feeling better and baby is healthy.

    1. Good for you for getting back into an exercise routine once you started to feel better! That's one of my 2014 resolutions -- feeling better AND exercising, actually. ;) I have the Suzanne Bowen's Long & Lean DVD. As soon as I try it, I'll write about it! Thanks for the well wishes -- hope you're feeling great.... April will be here before you know it!


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