Pregnancy & Exercise

I’ve always considered myself a pretty fit person. Sure, I might eat a little too many sweets but I’ve always been very active. When I was young, I played competitive soccer and was on the swim team; the last five years or so, I have gone to fitness classes (spin, step, weights) at our local gym. I’ve always enjoyed working out and I love the feeling you get afterwards.

I figured this pregnancy wasn’t going to stop me. During the first trimester, I was still going to fitness classes but since the weather was so gorgeous (and not hot) I transitioned into walking 3-4 miles a day in our neighborhood. I can’t say enough good things about working out during that time. I attribute not feeling as nauseous during my first trimester to getting outside and exercising almost every morning. Once I’d start walking, it was as if the nausea would taper off. Don’t get me wrong, it would still happen, and yes, I would still throw up but it wasn’t an every day occurrence.



Now, I was feeling good, thinking, “I can do this everyday, I feel so great” when at around 18 weeks my back started to hurt terribly. It actually hurt so bad I had to see my doctor who said it was most likely sciatica. When I heard that, I was not a happy girl and it seemed the more I tried to work out, even low-impact walking, the more it hurt. That’s when I decided I just needed to take a break and let my back get back to normal.

Here I am, at 22 weeks and today I was back at the gym! To say I was excited is an understatement. I’m so glad I listened to my body and let it rest because I was able to go to the gym, do a 5k on the elliptical and lift light weights. I would highly encourage working out (if your doctor gives you the go-ahead and you’re able) because not only do you feel better but (as I like to think) I’m preparing my body for the biggest workout of my life- birthing a child. If I’m not in shape now, how the hell will I make it during labor?

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