Today, my friends, is a big day! We get to hear our little babe’s heartbeat (God willing!), and I am beyond thrilled. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous though. I just hope and pray that our little guy/gal is happy as a clam in there and that everything goes well.
Today also officially marks 12 weeks! Baby is the size of a large plum! It’s growing like a little weed in there!
Having a fit pregnancy is something that I’ve always hoped for long before I even seriously started thinking about getting pregnant. Fitness and being in shape has been a huge part of my life for quite some time, and I wanted to make it a priority throughout my pregnancies as well.
Unfortunately, having to cut way back on exercise at the beginning of the spring caused me to lose my stamina, quite a bit of my muscle tone, and got me out of “running shape” pretty quickly. As much as it was totally worth it to me, I still have days that I wish I could be one of those pregnant runners or that I didn’t have to gain extra weight to even get pregnant in the first place. However, I need to remember that every woman and every pregnancy is so different that I can’t go around comparing myself to others. I have to do what is best for my baby and me.
I had it set in my head years ago that I was going to be one of those pregnant women that was just as active as I was before, run like there was no tomorrow, and only gain weight in my stomach. Ha! I’ve already had quite the reality check as none of these are true at all.
Even though things may not be exactly how I had hoped or envisioned, I am still making exercise a priority in my life throughout pregnancy. I’m not running 20 miles per week, I have some extra flab on me that wasn’t there before, and I’m not doing a ton of high intensity workouts, but that doesn’t mean I’m not having a fit pregnancy. It’s at a much lower level than what I was doing several months ago, but it’s still exercise and I’m proud of that.
The last week or so, I’ve finally been noticing my energy levels increasing – slowly but surely. There’s definitely days that I still find myself exhausted, but there are more days than before that I actually feel like myself again. Saturday, for example, I had this huge burning desire to run! I laced up my running shoes, put on my shrinking running shorts, tied my hair back, and went down to my beloved treadmill. I had no idea how it would go as I have not done much running at all since March. I put together the below interval workout to help me ease back into things.
At first I thought it wouldn’t be any big thing, but boy was I wrong! I feel like I’m right back at square one when it comes to running. Even though this workout was a challenge for me, I was proud to be back on the treadmill running and sweating like the good ol’ days. I obviously don’t intend to get back into my “running shape” while pregnant, but I do hope to do some easy runs/jogs throughout my second trimester. I just love the feeling of a good sweat after an awesome run and would love to incorporate some running into my fitness routine now that my energy levels are coming back.
I’m hoping my weeks will look something like this:
- Run: 1-2 days per week
- Weights/strength training: 2 days per week
- Yoga: 1 day per week
- Rest: 2-3 days per week
The above is simply a guideline for myself – nothing set in stone. Regular walks will be thrown in there too! Of course my main goal is listen to my body while still trying to remain as active as I can without overdoing it.
Cheers to a healthy and FIT pregnancy!
Itty Bitty Details
Total weight gain: 1 pound (same as last week)
Baby is the size of a: PLUM!
Days I’ve stayed up past 9 PM this past week: 3! Making progress!
Food that is back in my life: Peanut butter! Woo hoo!
Can’t stop eating: Peanut butter, banana, chia, & honey on toast
Days until 2nd trimester: Depends who you ask… 7 days until Week 13 and 14 days until Week 14 (for whatever reason, it varies)