As many of you now know, I am in the second trimester of my second pregnancy. During my first pregnancy I worked out almost everyday, completing high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes. I was able to participate in these workouts because my body was already familiar with the level of intensity.
The beginning of this pregnancy was different from my first. I felt like I was out of commission for at least 14 weeks. Not only was I terribly exhausted, but also nauseous. Maybe I felt it more because I wasn’t able to sleep as much, since I was also caring for a toddler, who knows?
The combination of searching for a perfect-fit gym, and all-day sickness (let’s call it what it is, it’s not actually morning sickness!), threw me out of my routine. I am used to working out at LEAST five days a week. I’m about 22 weeks pregnant now, and I’m lucky if I can make it to four classes a week.
This pregnancy I have been performing more weight lifting exercises and not as much cardio. The lifting has consisted of lighter weights and higher reputations. The change in routine has made me realize two things; first, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself for not working out as intensely as I did during my first pregnancy, and second, appreciate the pregnant body.
Women have a gift and too often we place expectations on ourselves, rather than appreciating an actual experience. I have to remind myself that my body is growing a human, an incredible miracle is occurring inside of me, and not to rush the process.
This isn’t to say that I would stop working out, or encourage others not to. I think continued physical activity makes for an easier labor and delivery. I just realize that it’s also important to enjoy this time, as the body prepares to birth a human!