Now that I’m in the third trimester, I wanted to go over how my workouts changed in the 2nd trimester.
**Please keep in mind that I was in excellent shape prior to getting pregnant. I taught multiple classes a week, ran multiple times a week, and did whatever else I wanted. I was also cleared by my doctor to continue teaching and running. Please don’t try to compare yourself to me- everyone’s pregnancy is totally different.**
During the first trimester, I continued my workouts, and honestly they helped me feel my best. I didn’t get sick on days I worked out, and I had more energy. I also trained for a half marathon (and ran it!) while pregnant.
After the half, I had decided to take about a week off, except for teaching, to recover. I also dropped my High Intensity Cardio class, and switched to teaching two mornings instead, with just teaching Bodysculpting (a strength workout similar to BodyPump).
I felt great during the second trimester until one day pelvic pain appeared and forced me to slow down even more. I was still working out about 6 days a week, with two classes, one extra strength day, and running 3 days. My running mileage had dropped, but I was still happy to get out there and run. Once the pressure had come, which is because of my ligaments stretching, I was forced to stop running. That was the biggest change I saw during the second trimester. As a result of the pelvic pain, I also stopped most high intensity workouts. I wasn’t teaching them at this point, but I was still doing them on my own because I love plyometrics, ha. Call me crazy!
Because I couldn’t run, I started going to some spinning classes when my schedule allowed. I loved spinning and how I got the same endorphin’s from running, but just at lower impact. In the past few weeks, I have been able to add in some high intensity moves if I wish, but I still modify some and don’t go all out (mostly because my belly is getting in the way!).
My energy has faded in the past few weeks as well, making some workouts difficult. I either have energy for the workouts or I don’t want to do them, ha! I’ve made more time for the elliptical, and forgot just how great of a workout you can get from that! I couldn’t tell you the last time I used it before my second trimester. I’ve also added in more walking, which, oddly enough, doesn’t always feel the greatest.
All in all, I just try to stay moving. Yes, some days it’s harder than others, but I still love the way exercise makes me feel. Some workouts that were once easy are way harder, but that’s ok because I’m carrying some extra weight with me! I’m very fortunate to still be teaching and working out. I plan to teach until 38 weeks. My doctor told me I could continue until I delivered, but I thought a couple weeks of not waking up early to teach might sounded pretty good! If something comes up, I’m not afraid to stop earlier if need be.
Thanks Amanda for letting me do some Thinking Out Loud!