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Maternity Mondays: Exercise Tips for Pregnancy

exercise during pregnancy

This was a pic during my first pregnancy. I made it a point then and now to exercise during pregnancy.

*I usually share outfits that emphasize flattering an apple shape, but while I’m pregnant, I’ll be featuring maternity outfits and sharing pregnancy tips. Today’s tip is about exercise during pregnancy. 

Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

I hate exercising. Do you? I think when I was younger, I tried to convince myself that I actually like the process of exercising. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the process just isn’t fun for me. I do it regularly, but I do it merely for the benefits, both long-term, and immediately following. (The only exceptions are hip hop dance and rock climbing)

Long-term:

For long term, I know it helps make labor easier, recovery after faster, and it helps you get your body back faster as well. It’s great for warding off diseases and  staying strong and healthy.

Short-term:

I especially love the benefits immediately following- the surge of endorphins in my body, putting me in a great mood, my boost in  energy, and its anti-depressant effects. And being pregnant, I exercise 40 minutes most days because it’s the one thing I feel I can control and give to my body when my body is changing and doing what it wants as it grows another human being.

What to Avoid:

Any activity that is a contact sport, football, basketball etc…

Any activity where you might fall like rollerblading, rock climbing…

And any activity that just feels uncomfortable or is too high impact (too much jumping) for your growing belly.

Exercise During Pregnancy: Some Ideas

One thing I did was keep my current job up until the day before I delivered. I worked as a makeup artist and was walking and on my feet 8 hours a day. If you have a job that is safe and keeps you active, I’d highly recommend working for as long as you’re able.

Some other exercises I did/do:

Swimming (breast stroke is the best!)

Hiking

Elliptical machine

Walking on a treadmill

Body pump (Les Mills weight lifting class at the gym)

Senior classes at the gym (they are perfect for pregnant women as they are usually low-impact)

Youtube videos- I just search for “40 minute low impact cardio,” or “40 minute low impact strength.”

Some other exercises:

Prenatal Yoga: Everyone swears by prenatal yoga. It’s really supposed to help with labor. I believe this. I’m sure it’s wonderful, but I’ve decided a long time ago that only my “fantasy” self likes yoga. My real self actually hates it. But if you like yoga, this might be a great option for you.

Tai Chi: I really want to try this class at my gym! Still trying to find the right time and get a friend to join me.

Some other tips for exercise during pregnancy

Like I said, I don’t like to exercise. I just want to get it out there. I’m not one of those people who likes to live in the gym. I do it merely for the benefits to my energy, mood, health, and body. The actual process usually sucks. What I’ve noticed for me is that I just can’t wait for motivation. I have to do it regardless of how I feel. Or as one of my best friends always says, “You never regret a run.” It’s true, you never regret a workout.

I think the key is knowing yourself.

If you’re like me and you don’t like the actual process of exercise, it helps me to try to do it as early as possible to get it out of the way.

Our willpower is in limited supply, and we have the most of it when we wake up. The further along the day goes, the less will power we have. So at the end of the day, I have very little willpower and thus it’s more difficult to resist the urge to just veg in front of the tv instead of work out.

Another thing that helps me is to have a distraction while I work out.

If I’m on the elliptical or the treadmill, I’m always watching a show I love on Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. When I’m doing anything else, I like to have an instructor just tell me what to do. If you’re like me, and not at all self motivated to exercise, it really helps to be in a physical class and follow along or to do a Youtube video where you can follow along. Then it’s minimal thinking and decision making.

Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to feel cute when you’re working out! Here is a workout outfit I adore:

Black paneled yoga pants. 

Asymmetrical sweater to wear over your racerback top. 

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