Am I Jumping On the Fit Pregnancy Train Too Late? by Jill Krause
I always intended for this second pregnancy to be “different” than the first, meaning
I intended not to blow up the way I let myself the last time around. I told myself this
time I wouldn’t indulge as much, and I would stay more active.
Going into it, I was in the best shape I’ve ever been (well, at least since I was a
svelte cheerleader in high school). I just finished 6 and half months of marathon
training and my second marathon a few months before I got pregnant. I was
rocking my skinny jeans and loving my toned arms. I worked really hard for
this body, especially after putting on 43 lbs with my first pregnancy 2 years ago.
As soon as the first trimester revved up it’s nauseating engines, though, all my best
laid plans to keep up my workout regimen were out the window. And I didn’t care if
what I ate was healthy, I just wanted to eat what didn’t make me want to dry heave.
I spent 3 months lying on the couch, eating a combination of Chinese food, baked
potatoes and string cheese.
Although I didn’t put on any weight that first trimester, I certainly made up for it
as soon as the nausea disappeared and my appetite returned. I think I ate BBQ beef
sandwiches and beef quesadillas for 3 weeks straight. I couldn’t get enough red
meat, BBQ sauce, cheese and sour cream. And since I put my gym membership on
hold because I couldn’t get off the couch the previous month, I wasn’t burning those
Fast forward to the middle of my 2nd trimester and the weight gain is not yet to
a point that I need to be concerned, but I fear I’m on the same path that will put
me right back at where I was with my first, especially considering I’m going to
be rounding out the tail end of this pregnancy around the holidays. I’m not one
to restrict what I eat too much, so I know I need to get back to being active and
Not only will exercise help me maintain a healthy weight, but it will also prepare
me for the marathon that is labor and delivery. So I’ve started walking more in
the evenings (because walking before 7:30 pm is not an option in this Texas heat),
and I’m now trying to decide if I want to reactivate my gym membership to take
advantage of their cardio machines and some light weights, or if I want to spend that
money on some prenatal yoga classes where I might meet other moms expecting
around the same time I am. I just hope, with more than half of this pregnancy behind
me, I’m not too late.
Jill Krause is a member of the BornFree Mom Panel.
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