Monday, February 27, 2012
Exercising During Pregnancy
One of those goals was that I was going to exercise everyday or at least nearly everyday of this pregnancy. And I think at first I made the attempt but walking on the treadmill. But then nausea set in & I just couldn't get myself off the couch. It was a drastic change going from running 20+ miles a week to nothing at all.
I had read that exercise could help with nausea so I thought I'd give it a try. It wasn't easy but after a few minutes I didn't feel sick anymore. And for maybe an hour after I was done I felt good.
Walking also helped a little with my insomnia. I could wear myself out just enough to help keep me extra tired for bedtime.
I can't say I haven't put on weight though. But it was bound to happen. But I can tell that I haven't put on as much weight on my thighs & butt as I did with my last pregnancy. The maternity jeans from that pregnancy still don't fit me really well despite now being 35 weeks.
And now that I'm determined to do a truly natural birth I've got an extra push to keep walking. It helps keep my sciatic pain at bay & prevents me from waddling. Who knows? Maybe it'll help from staying pregnant all the way to my due date.
I can't say this was an easy routine to get into. It really took me till the 3rd trimester to find a time of day that works, which is 11:00 during Sesame Street. Shaylin can sit on the couch & watch her show & the treadmill is set up where I can easily keep an eye on her.
I've started adding in some yoga after my walks. Netflix has a program called Yoga Mama geared towards pregnancy. I'm doubtful that any of the women on the video are as far along as I am & they seem to have been doing yoga for a while, even before getting pregnant. I'm still not very flexible & the backs of my thighs are extremely tight but after just a couple weeks it's starting to get a little easier & I can definitely see where it's helping my hips.
So for anyone that's pregnant or hoping to get pregnant, whether it's your first time or 4th time, I would highly recommend finding some kind of exercise. It really will pay off.