I feel really blessed to be exercising the way that I am during this pregnancy. My body is allowing me to maintain a certain level of fitness which I know is only doing myself and Baby B a whole lot of good. I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to workout while pregnant today. Bear in mind that each pregnancy is different not only from one woman to the next but also to baby. What works for me may not be what works for everyone. Also, what works for me THIS pregnancy is different from my LAST pregnancy. I actually compared my pregnancies HERE. Either way, make sure to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting a workout routine or even continuing your previous one while pregnant.
I am 29 weeks (+4 days) pregnant and still running. I wrote a whole post on running while pregnant a while back and I am still loving it! This week I am finding myself starting to slow my pace down a bit due to the fact that homegirl is starting to reside in my ribs making my breathing a little more labored. I professed my love for my Gabrialla maternity support belt which has totally helped me keep logging the miles. I am currently running 3-4 times a week for 2-4 miles a time.
While I love running, walking is another way I like to get moving. I am exclusively walking about 1-2 times a week right now and also going for shorter walks with Em and the dogs on days when I run. Now that the weather is finally starting to be a tad cooler I am hoping to log at least a mile most days of the week with the dogs. They are excellent walking companions and they need the exercise. In the coming weeks I see myself probably walking more than running too.
My strength training of choice has been CrossFit style workouts. I love that they are typically short and to the point. I also love that my legs get targeted quite a bit which I know plays a big factor for labor and delivery. Also, I can tell I haven’t lost as much muscle tone in my upper body this go-round compared to my last. I love the site CrossFit Mom because they scale the current CrossFit workouts so they are good for a pregnant woman. LOVE it! I also like checking out HIIT Mamas for some daily inspiration as well.
I am continuing with my yoga practice during this pregnancy just like I did last time. Up until this point I have been going to my normal vinyasa style classes and just modifying moves as necessary. Tonight I actually start my 6-week long prenatal yoga workshop at my yoga studio. I am really looking forward to taking a pregnancy specific class from an instructor that I know will also push us and give us a good workout. I can’t wait to share more about it as I start going through it 🙂
Those are the main ways that I have been working out lately. I have also done the elliptical once (as opposed to A LOT last pregnancy) and still do some core work by incorporating standing abdominal exercises and planks into my workouts. I post my daily workouts on Daily Mile and also do a weekly recap here on the blog if you’re interested!
What is your favorite way to workout? If you’re preggo, what has been working best for you?