Goal: Fit, Not Fat Pregnancy

For years I’ve been convinced that I’ll be one of those gigantic pregnant women that blow up like a balloon. Luckily it hasn’t happened yet (there are still about 25.5 weeks to go so we’ll see). I’ve actually been surprised that I don’t already have a bump where my once flat stomach was just yet. Of course I’m definitely looking thicker than I was, but no noticeable baby bump. It basically looks like I overindulged during the holidays, see the difference between 8 weeks and 14 weeks?

Anyway, in an effort to maintain my active lifestyle and keep myself in shape so that once Peanut is here I can try to more easily return to my pre-baby size (fingers crossed!), I’ve made a plan. I know you thinking, what Jess is planning, shocker! Of course I have to lay out a plan otherwise I find myself saying, I’m so exhausted I will definitely go to the gym tomorrow.  Here’s my plan to have a fit, not fat pregnancy.

Eat healthfully. We’re healthy eaters to begin with but during my first trimester nausea all I wanted were salty foods, hello salt and vinegar chips. I found the sight and definitely texture of my go to veggie broccoli absolutely repulsive. I even had trouble choking down my green monsters. Now that my nausea has subsided, hopefully for the rest of the pregnancy, I’m ready to get back on board and return to my normal, nutritionally balanced diet.  Not to say I won’t still indulge from time to time.

Exercise 4-5 times/week.  Obviously some days I’m so exhausted that I would be a total waste of space at the gym. Those days are my built-in rest days, not to be confused with laziness.  To me this involves running 2-3 times per week and on the days I don’t run jump on a bike or elliptical.  The doctor was not kidding when she told me that my heart rate will elevate much faster than I’m used to and I’m going to need to make sure I’m not running too fast.  I’m fine with having to slow down, honestly since I haven’t been running regularly for the past few months, I’ve slowed down a lot. That’s ok. I want to try to run about 3-4 miles a couple times a week for as long as my body lets me.  It will also involved lifting weights. Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean my arms and legs needs to go flabby.  I need to lift weights (not super heavy ones) at least twice a week, if not three times.

Take a prenatal yoga class. I’m already registered for a six week session at the hospital where I’ll be delivering which starts next month. I was going to sign up at our local place, but really $60 vs. $149…I’m going to go with the cheaper of the two. We’ll be spending enough getting all the baby stuff.  This will be good for stretching me out.

Sleep. I cannot even explain the level of exhaustion I’ve been feeling. I think the only way I could explain it to Josh is it was like having Mono. I have literally fallen asleep sitting up, mid-conversation. Sleeping through the night is a rarity considering I make 2-3 trips to the bathroom every night.  I swear my bladder is trying to prepare me for the future sleep deprivation.  Sleep is essential though, so I’m making sure I sleep when I can. If it means going to be at 8 pm on Friday night, that’s just fine with me.

So there it is. Hopefully I’ll continue having a healthy, trouble free pregnancy.

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