Today I’m sharing my 5 Reasons I Make Working Out A Priority while pregnant. While it doesn’t work for everyone, I like to make it a priority.
During my first pregnancy, I truly didn’t know what to expect. I had signed up to run a half marathon prior to being pregnant (and did finish it at 16 weeks pregnant!), and was already teaching gym classes at the gym. I had followed plenty of pregnant bloggers who kept working out during pregnancy, and that’s who I looked up to and knew I wanted to remain as active as I could during pregnancy.
Working out during pregnancy isn’t going to be for the same reason for everyone. Every single person’s pregnancy is going to be different and their reasons for doing things will obviously be different. Some can work out through it, some don’t want to, some are too busy, and some are so sick to their stomach that they just can’t keep food down let alone work out! I was extremely lucky during my first pregnancy to not be sick. During this second pregnancy, I did experience morning sickness and exhaustion during the first trimester. BUT, I knew myself and knew I needed to make working out a priority because I had a million other things that could happen during that time (and sometimes still did!) and it would be easy to just not work out. I obviously didn’t work out if I was really sick or really exhausted. I knew to rest.
5 Reasons I Make Working Out A Priority While Pregnant:
1. I knew I would feel better and have more energy:
I’ve been working out for so many years, and I knew things were about to get real different being pregnant. I had no idea what to expect with my pregnancy with A, and even though I sort of remembered it for this one, I knew I needed to focus on feeling my best for me and to care for Annabelle. I actually felt better on days I’d teach or work out during my first pregnancy and so I rolled with that. For this one, I feel much better getting in my workouts in the morning (or sometimes in the afternoon during A’s nap!) and feel I have a better attitude toward the day, and energy to chase a toddler.
2. Better/easier Labor and Recovery:
Sooo.. this one is a reason I strived to work out during my first pregnancy. While I cannot attest to an easy labor (hello 26 hours of back labor), I will say I bounced back very quickly. The first 10ish days were rough but I believe I was running again somewhere between 2-3 weeks postpartum. I got back to my workouts (See reason 1!), and know working out all the way up to labor helped me with that.
Running with my little girl!
3. It’s My Me Time:
Pregnancy pretty much means your body isn’t your own anymore. Weird things happen and body parts are changing. Totally normal! But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Now that I have Annabelle, I spend my entire day focusing on someone else. Even if she’s napping, she’s constantly on my mind. But, by waking up early (or sometimes during naps on my lazy let’s sleep in days!), I have time to just focus on me. If Aaron’s home in the morning still, I don’t even take the monitor with me. Honestly, I zone out and completely get lost in the endorphins and it’s magical.
4. Helps Me Eat More Healthy:
Days I work out, I eat better. The end. Days I don’t, I definitely choose many unhealthy options (uhm, not to say I don’t grab those unhealthy options sometimes! Girls gotta eat and needs things fast sometimes!). But, I feel I make better food choices overall when I work out during the day.
5. I sleep better:
During my first pregnancy, I had insomnia pretty early on. I could never get comfortable and struggled sleeping. Thankfully this pregnancy has been different, but I still notice a more sounder sleep when I get in some kind of exercise. I toss and turn less often and pretty much fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
So there you have it- my 5 Reasons I Make Working Out A Priority while pregnant. Working out definitely can be hard when pregnant. The bump can get in the way. You’re tired. You can have weird pain (which I always say stop if you are in pain! Talk to your doctor). I’m not saying it’s rainbows and butterflies working out, but I am saying that to me, the benefits outweigh the negatives so why not!