Today it dawned on me that I have not yet posted a pregnancy update since the reveal almost 7 weeks ago.
I’m just shy of 19 weeks pregnant, and feeling better than I ever have.
I have been pregnant 4 times (including this pregnancy); one of which I did not carry to term. During the pregnancies that I did carry to term I always landed myself on bed rest for some odd reason or another. Whether it be complete placenta previa, threatened miscarriage, cramping or over exertion – something always found me on bed rest. Not to mention in previous pregnancies I was faced with debilitating morning (er… all day) sickness straight through the entire of the pregnancy.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m certainly not complaining about the downsides that came along with my previous pregnancies, but rather recognizing how different my current pregnancy is from past pregnancies. If it weren’t for my growing baby bump, I probably wouldn’t even realize that I am pregnant most days. I feel amazing!
7 weeks ago when I finally announced my pregnancy to the family some of them mentioned concerns that I would let myself go.
“Oh Nicole. You worked so hard to shed those 60 pounds over the past year! I really hope you don’t slip up and regain the weight!”
Oh yes. Someone (I won’t name names) actually said that to me upon announcing my great news. Little did they know it took me almost 20 months to get pregnant after being faced with secondary infertility and ovulation issues. So at the time of the announcement, I thought my personal fitness would not be a topic of discussion.
While I never planned to “let myself” go because of the pregnancy… it was just alarming to hear those words come out of my family members mouth. I know my family member meant no harm. In fact they were probably just looking out for my well-being. Suffice to say they hadn’t realized that I was still eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis.
During my first trimester, I took to working out 3 to 4 times a week. I stuck with Zumba, and just made minor modifications to each routine along the way. Let’s face it – the first trimester was exhausting, so the fact that I managed to sneak in 30 minutes of cardio 3 to 4 times a week was a big deal.
In fact, I found the days I exercised I had more energy. I was able to stay up later as oppose to crashing on the couch at 8PM. Not to say I don’t still have days where I pass out at 8 or 9 on the couch. It happens often.
And then came the second trimester. My energy decided to come knocking on the door along with it. I welcomed both with open arms!
Heading into the second trimester I knew I needed to start making some changes in my fitness routine. I wanted to introduce some prenatal workouts to the mix. However being a gal who is used to Jillian Michaels, Insanity and HIIT (high intensity interval training), I was worried I would easily grow bored with the prenatal DVDs.
I did a lot of online research, and decided to give Linday Brin’s Pregnancy 3-Pack a whirl.
I found love with this exercise program from the moment I completed my first workout.
The fitness program is broken up into 4 different discs: 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester and post-natal recovery (0-8 weeks). Each disc offers a moderate and advanced level. I have always stuck with the advanced level, as I workout on a regular basis (4 or more times per week). However had I just been starting out the moderate level would have been a great point to work up from.
I crave variety in my daily workouts. I love to sneak in my strength / toning, core, cardio and yoga. The Fitness 3-Pack offers me all of that.
Heck – I can even build my own workouts should the mood strike me. When I’m looking to add more variety (muscle confusion) to my routine, I turn to the stackers where I can pick out 4 upper body workouts and 6 lower body workouts that all target different areas. I’m just sure to follow my pregnancy exercise calendar to know when to add these modifications and variances to my weekly routines. This helps me ensure that I don’t over do it, but that I also stay on track.
Generally I sneak in my daily workout just after the lunch hour.
My 2 year old loves to join me. His favourite of the series is the Yoga & Toning, and Yoga & Flexibility because he is able to follow right along. It’s quite adorable. It’s one of those things that keeps me motivated. I’m inspiring my children, and they are leading by my example. There is truly nothing more rewarding.
So there you have it – my (almost) 19 week update with a peek into my fitness routine.
To say I’m not glowing, on cloud nine and feeling better than I ever have would be a lie. I couldn’t be happier during this special time in my life, and I’m trying to capture the beauty of this pregnancy as each day and moment passes! I’m truly blessed.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Linday Brin’s Pregnancy 3-Pack in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are those of my own.