Mom to Be Monday: Week 13-Work it Out

Since my junior year in high school, working out has played a big part of my life.  I started out by running a lot outdoors, moved it to the gym, and then came classes.  After I sprained my ankle last spring while running, I was forced to venture outside of my comfort zone and discovered my love for The Bar Method and Zumba.

When I found out I was pregnant, I not only hoped to have a healthy baby, but I wanted to be able to maintain a certain level of fitness throughout my pregnancy.  Getting through the first trimester was rough when all I wanted to do was sleep.  Working out was like a Catch-22: It was the last thing I wanted to do, but the only thing that gave me energy.  I kept up with a pretty normal routine, but one thing that was a no go for me was going to Bar Method classes.  This was because my nausea would sneak up on my during the most inopportune times (like right in the middle of class).  So I kept the Bar Method at home and did the DVDs.  The one thing that I do miss is hot yoga, especially in the dead of winter.  Running has also been placed on hold for the time being. 
During my first doctor’s visit, we discussed working out and what’s safe.  She recommended that I keep my heart rate around 140 BPM which didn’t seem very high to me, especially because I was used to elevating it around 170.  When hubs heard that he responded with, “Well I guess that means no more Zumba.” I looked at him like he was nuts.  I went home and did more research on this and what I found was that the heart rate thing was outdated and that 140 BPM was just the old standard.  If you worked out before you got pregnant regularly, you can keep up with the same fitness routine.  Just make sure that you can talk without gasping for breath and that you stay hydrated.  When I workout, I wear a heart rate monitor and my heart rate doesn’t normally get any higher than 155 BPM.  I also wear it to count how many calories I burn so that I know how much I need to replace.
At work, we’re allowed an hour of our day to workout in the gym.  I’ve had people come up to me and ask me if I’m allowed to workout while pregnant, tell me I shouldn’t be lifting more than 10 lbs, and ask me whether or not I should be doing that.  It’s annoying and it makes me want to carry around a brochure to give to people that explains the benefits of working out while pregnant.  Easier labor? Reduced pregnancy discomfort? Reduced Stress? I’ll take it!
Our little bambino
Little baby is about the size of a peach this week and is measuring about 3 inches.  I feel that it might be a bit more since baby was almost 3 inches long at last week’s appointment.  The vocal cords and teeth are still forming.  If little bambino turns out to be a girl, she already has all of her eggs…CRAZY!  The baby’s intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to the tummy this week.   
How I’m feeling
Human again!  With the exception of almost throwing up a few mornings ago, I feel good as new.  I downed a salad at dinner on Saturday and I don’t feel like a walking zombie anymore.  Sleeping is getting a bit uncomfortable for me as I’m normally sleep every which way at night.  Trying to sleep on my side all night is a bit of a chore.  But when I sleep on my back I feel a slight pressure in my lower stomach and I feel a little winded.  
According to most websites, I’ve official hit my second trimester.  Some tell me that this is the last week of my first trimester.  I’m going with the first option because of how good I’ve been feeling.  Currently, I’ve been craving cold cereal with strawberries and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Baked/grilled chicken is still on the “Do not Eat” list.  I think this is mostly a texture thing.     

Highs of the 1st Trimester

  • Finding out we were going to be parents
  • Getting to share the news with family at Christmas
  • Seeing the baby for the first time on the screen
  • Hearing the baby’s heart beat

Lows of the first Trimester

  • Loss of appetite 
  • Feeling sick
  • Being tired and feeling like I could sleep all day

In the second trimester I’m looking forward to feeling the baby kick for the first time and getting a real baby bump!  I can definitely tell that something’s going on in there and when I ask hubs if it looks like I’m pregnant he just responds with “You’re beautiful” because he thinks it’s a trick question 🙂


3 thoughts on “Mom to Be Monday: Week 13-Work it Out

  1. Lindsay February 21, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    I LOVE that your job gives you an hour a day to workout. Thats so amazing. I wish more companies realized that working out is part of a healthy lifestyle (and a great stress reliever!) I'm glad you're feeling better 🙂


  2. elvi February 22, 2012 / 2:19 am

    Looks like a great 1st semester…except for the sickness. I think it is great that you are still working out…I on the other hand would be too lazy….haha


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