Working out in the first trimester was extremely challenging for me weeks 5-8. I was feeling extremely nauseous, moving too fast left me dizzy, and exerting too much energy at once left me lightheaded. If I used heavier weights, even after the doctor “ok”ed it, I began cramping. I knew I needed to listen to my body, and so the modifications began.
I was working out 6 days per week, and sometimes found it hard to take a rest day. I used to get up every. single. morning around 5:00 AM and get 1.5 hours of working out in before I started my day. Being pregnant, things just aren’t the same. In my first trimester, I have found how much I value sleep. There is a little human growing inside of me, and I need my rest so that the baby can continue to grow properly. I also need to nourish my body, which became extremely hard due to food aversions, therefore, leaving me even more exhausted.
So what would I do? What was the solution? I am now working out 3-4 days per week, with a 10 minute warm up to get my heart rate up, and then a 15-30 minute routine using bands or light weights (5-10 lbs). I am surprised that I can still feel sore, even from such a short and simple routine. I also include 30-60 minute walks 2-3 times per week. I feel good, I have only gained 1 pound, and I know that listening to my body has been best for me and the little one!
I was so upset when I had to change my routine. I was being selfish, and wanted to be able to do the same workouts, with the same effort, and the same weights throughout my entire pregnancy. But there is no time to be selfish when pregnant. I have to do what’s best for the little one, even if that’s not my strongest desire. This has inspired me so much, that I am starting a YouTube series on simple workouts and body acceptance during pregnancy. I will be posting more on both of these topics here as well. We deserve to feel confident, loved, and beautiful at all stages, pregnant or not, and I will always stand strong in my passion for helping others feel this way.
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