So I just got back from one of the first “runs” (shuffles) that has felt somewhat decent since I found out I was pregnant back at the end of December.
I promise you, before I got pregnant, I had all of these fantastic mental plans to be the fittest mom ever. My reasoning was that hey, I’m super fit now, what would change, right?
The first trimester Kicked. My. Ass. And not because I was so sick, but because I was so incredibly tired. Even before finding out I was pregnant, I remember running while I was listening to an episode of Serial, and just dragging myself around, not exactly knowing why I felt that way, but resolving to sign up for a race or something to get my butt back in gear. Woops!
Since finding out, I’ve continued teaching my classes, run a little bit, and supplemented some of my longer, bigger runs throughout the weeks with some time on the treadmill and on the elliptical. I struggle with feeling like I’m not doing enough, but I can only do what I can, and not a whole lot more, so I’ve just stuck to that.
If you’re struggling with any of the same, I don’t know that I can offer a whole lot of wisdom, just what I’ve found to sort of help keep me from laying on the couch for days at at time.
- Decide that staying active will be a priority. This could mean that you might have to redefine what “active” means. It may not be 6 miles in Umstead on Sunday mornings. But it might be hiking, biking, shorter runs, or whatever. But reworking your priorities and making nutrition and staying active will be huge.
- Listen to your body. Admittedly, I still struggle with figuring out if I just suck, or if I’m really worn out because of what’s going on. But I work up sweat without hurting myself. For me, some light cardio and weights have been really good for me. Body Pump feels AWESOME. Running, not so much. So I do what I feel that I can.
- Track it. I don’t know how anyone, let alone the newly-pregnant, did anything without tracking their activity/steps, but my Fitbit has been one of the only things that has kept me on track, especially during those weeks when I could barely muster the energy to get off the couch. The numbers can motivate you to get outside, or hop on a treadmill and…
- Just walk. This is hard to hear for marathoners/ultra runners/crossfitters, but walking is fine. It’s good. It’s okay. And really good when you have a buddy. So take a friend, take your husband, or take some headphones (be careful with them)!
Fit moms, did you/how did you stay active while pregnant?