Real Talk: My Maternity Fitness Routine
After sharing a few selfies on insta stories of myself at the gym I've been getting some questions regarding my pregnancy fitness routine! Let me preface this post by saying that prior to my pregnancy I was not the most active person at all. I've always wanted to pursue a healthier lifestyle but allowed "being tired" to be the biggest excuse and my scapegoat. Once I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself "if there was ever a time to start a healthy routine it was right now". I didn't want to be one of those women that went off the deep end because they were pregnant and eating for two. Also, one of my biggest pregnancy symptoms in my first trimester was severe fatigue and my doctor told me that the best way to combat that was excercise (go figure).
So starting week 10 of my pregnancy I decided to get up early in the morning and workout at least three times a week for 45 minutes before work (my husband joined me too). On top of this routine I made a pact to eat as healthy as I could Monday - Friday, which is still super challenging (more on this in a post coming up). I knew that the light at the end of the tunnel would be a healthier pregnancy, a healthy relationship with food, getting excited about working out, and god willing a very healthy baby! All wonderful outcomes and worth working hard for.
Below you'll find the answers to a few questions that I've received! Feel free to send me a email if you have more questions: Alexandria@labelsandvintage.com
Why workout when you’re pregnant?
Some of the reasons why I decide to work out while pregnant was to:
Avoid unnecessary weight gain
Help Improve my self image. (Since my body is changing rapidly every day working out has helped me to feel really good about myself and my body!)
Help to alleviate fatigue
Helps you sleep better
Prepares you for childbirth
Bounce back faster after childbirth
Reduce pregnancy discomfort
Lower your risk of certain pregnancy-related complications
Where do I workout?
I'm lucky enough to live in an apartment complex with a nice size gym on premise! I have absolutely no excuse for not working out because it's just a SUPER short walk from my apartment to the club house each morning.
What type of workouts do I do?
*Disclaimer please discuss your workout routine with your healthcare professional! Everyone's body and pregnancy is different and it's so important to discuss your potential routine with your doctor.
So I typically start off all of my workouts with a 15-20 minute cardio warm up either on the tredmill or the stationary bike. After that warm up I do strength training for 20-25 minutes using 5-10 pound weights focusing on either arms, butt + legs, or total body (depending on my mood for the day). I pick around 4-5 different moves, do 20 reps, and repeat that circuit three times. When I started I didn't know what I was doing so I relied heavily on workout videos from the tone it up girls (they are amazing)! I modified where I needed to and avoided all ab exercises except planks (which are okay). I've linked some of my favorite routines I've tried below.
Will you workout after baby?
Absolutely! So far I've been working out for 19 weeks which to me is incredible. I don't think I've ever worked out for that long in my life. Granted some weeks are better than others but I'm so proud of the consistency that I've achieved so far. I will absolutely start working out again after the baby is born once my doctor gives me the okay!