Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pregnancy Workout Challenge

This week marks my 16th week of pregnancy.  I am feeling great, gaining very little weight, and only showing a little.  With that, I've still been able to exercise pretty well.  I remarked to Dave this week that I think I could realistically make it to my 20th week still exercising and that I hope to ultimately make it to 30 or beyond.  With four weeks to go until the halfway mark, I am giving myself a little challenge.  I would like to work out every day, in some capacity, until I hit the 20 week mark, starting yesterday.  Now, these workouts aren't exactly the same as when I challenged myself to run every day for a month.  These workouts will take the shape of jogging or walking or spinning or elliptical or swimming.  I just want to keep moving.  I know that continuing with working out will, potentially, make labor easier, is healthy for the baby, and will keep any extra weight that is not associated with baby off.  If need be, however, there will be exceptions.  If the doctor says no more working out, then obviously the challenge is over.  If I'm sick or something seems to be going wrong, then I'll stop.  And although I will try to push past the tiredness, if it's just too much to overcome, then screw it, I'm going to take a nap instead.

I hope to post weekly updates of the workouts done.  Challenge accepted!!!


TriMOEngr said...

I did minimal workouts in my first pg and then was put on bedrest at 27 weeks for preterm labor. I took walks semi-regularly during my 2nd pg b/c I freaked when I saw what my weight was at my first prenatal appt (I'd put on a lot while we built our house), but worked right up until the birth (worked Fri and had her on Sun). It is a bit of a challenge to do what is comfortable, but for someone already active before like you - no reason to stop (unless you have a complication). Just modify as necessary and look for lower impact as you can be more prone to injury as the joints loosen.

Gretchen said...

I hadn't checked your blog for a couple of months... congratulations! I ran through both my pregnancies (easy run pace) and had two very healthy babies. Ran 4 miles 12 miles before I went into labor with my son... on my due date with my daughter but slipped on some ice (it was February) and fell so stopped after that. Looking forward to more updates!