Pregnancy and Exercise

Hi!!! Happy Weekend! It was a busy week for me, but I secretly like a busy week because it goes by quickly. We have minimal plans this weekend so I am hoping to start a new book! Are you guys reading anything good these days?

I promise this isn’t going to become a blog solely devoted to pregnancy and baby, but I’ve got a lot on my mind since announcing our pregnancy. Next week I go in for a check up/ultrasound, which I am anxiously awaiting. We are at the point where it is one month in between visits and that just feels like an eternity these days. I actually bought a doppler heartbeat monitor to have at home so I can hear the baby’s heartbeat in between my appointments to ease my mind. πŸ™‚ I think my husband bought it off of ebay for less than $50.

This was taken last week, I am a little over 16 weeks now! I am trying to pull myself together one day a week to take a progress picture. Working from home and with covid, there is very little motivation to do my hair or put on makeup these days, but it does make me feel good when I make the time to get ready. I’m pretty sure all of my progress photos have at least one doggie walking in the frame. πŸ™‚ Also, my dogs have no idea I am pregnant… I heard dogs could smell the change in hormones, so if mine can, I can’t tell. They still walk all over me not acknowledging my growing belly. πŸ˜‰

During my first trimester, my exercise routine was very spotty. I probably got in maybe 3 workouts a week, if I was lucky. I was really sick for a month so not much movement was happening between weeks 7-11. Around 12 weeks, I instantly started feeling better. I woke up one day and just felt great and have felt that way since. I am sooo glad because I didn’t think I could go on another day feeling as crappy as I did (dramatic… I know!).

They say the second trimester is when you get to really start enjoying pregnancy and get a boost of energy back and that couldn’t have been more true in my case. The first trimester I wanted to nap every day. From week 12 to now, I have been very active, which I know is so beneficial to feeling good…mentally and physically.

Since I have been feeling really good lately, I have been getting in as much activity as I can. I also notice a big difference in my body aches if I am active. I think I told you guys I have been having some weird tailbone pain, but that has gone away since I started exercising more. I do have a nagging left hip pain, but if I get up and moving, it feels better. It hurts the most when I am sleeping and trying to get comfortable. Speaking of sleep, I bought this pregnancy pillow and I don’t think I will ever get rid of it, even when I am not pregnant. It is soo comfy. I also end up with 2 dogs cuddling it every night too.

My favorite way to exercise is to strength train. I don’t follow any specific plan, I just find a workout on the internet or instagram and save it/print it and go with the flow of how I am feeling each day. I aim to alternate an upper body day, lower body day and fully body workouts. I strength train probably 5-6 days a week. But don’t be fooled, most of these are usually 15-25 minute workouts so nothing too intense.

Since we live in San Antonio, the winter is my favorite time of year here because the weather is usually between 60 and 70 degrees so it is just perfect for getting outside. I try to go on at least a 15 minute walk with my pups every day, sometimes it is longer, it just depends on the day.

My husband recently got my bike tuned up and before pregnancy, biking just wasn’t something that really interested me, but now I love it. I love how low impact it is and I like to just pop in a podcast and ride for 30 minutes to an hour. I typically do this 3-4 times a week, depending on the weather! πŸ™‚

I hope I can keep up this level of activity throughout my pregnancy, but ofcourse, I will absolutely scale back if/when it becomes necessary. I love exercising because it makes my body feel good, but I do it more for the mental clarity and release it gives me. I know it is soo good for my while I am pregnant too and I feel very fortunate I can exercise daily.

That’s all I have for today!! I will be back soon with some fun recipes I have been making lately! I am off to enjoy this beautiful weekend!! And I hope you are able to do the same!!

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