Fit Pregnancy: MILF-to-Be

Here’s me yesterday at my doctor’s appointment, “So, Dr. Yium, am I being paranoid or is my weight gain coming on too fast?” In an attempt not to send me into mom-to-be despair she kindly replied, “Well, yeah, but remember there’s two of them AND they’re growing a few weeks ahead of schedule”. 

Hmmmm….so…you’re still saying I’ve gained too much too fast? I’m 17 weeks and I’ve put on 13lbs so far. Twin books tell you to gain 1lb to 2lbs a week during your pregnancy but by the end of this journey that’s either 40lbs or 80lbs! Um…I’m not planning on gaining 80lbs! I’m aiming for a total of 30-40lbs tops with these two so I gotta slow this gain-train down!

Here are some things I’m planning to do, which you can implement as well.

EATING

Yes, I’ve been advised to eat 140 grams of protein a day, but that’s like eating 6-7 steaks a day! That’s not happening! Instead, I’m fitting in protein in throughout the day via eggs and ham in the morning, yogurt, babybel cheese with fruit, almond butter & jelly sandwiches at lunch and protein at dinner with ground beef, chicken, steak, or fish. I’ve been a cereal junkie this pregnancy, but I’ve been using almond milk and drinking it when I’m done for added protein and calcium.

I snack on fruits such as apples, plums, cherries, strawberries, and pineapple throughout the day and I eat a salad (loaded with colorful veggies) or sauteed spinach each night. Gotta get that iron amd folic acid in! PS: Don’t waste your energy or stomach space with iceberg lettuce- it has zero, zip, zilch nutrients.

Eating at home as often as you can and packing snacks when you leave the house are real waist savers. When you HAVE to eat out, try to choose high protein, high nutition content when you can. My vices have always been pizza and Taco Bell and I’ll be damned if I turn down those things when opportunity arises. Life’s too short!

FITNESS

Given my history of trying to get pregnant I was WAY cautious regarding working out once we found out we were pregnant. Even though running when you’re already a runner is considered safe for most people, I didn’t consider myself “most” people. I did yoga, light walking, the stationary bike, and lifted 8lb free weights the first 12 weeks.

Then, around 14 weeks, I got the green light for returning to usual activities. Now, I try to brisk walk 1-2 times a week uphill/downhill, prenatal yoga or hatha yoga once a week, zumba 2-3 times a week and usually one day of “active” rest.

Add workouts into your daily schedule like you do meetings and other obligations, but take into account your tired periods. For me, afternoons are rough energy wise so even if I have a free afternoon, I usually choose to nap instead and then schedule my workout for the early evening. Know your pregnant self and respect it.

Here’s this week for me: 

Monday: Brisk walk neighborhood greenbelt

Tuesday: Bike/Elliptical at gym, light arm weights, lunges & squats

Wednesday: SUP (standup paddle board) and prenatal yoga

Thursday: ZUMBA

Friday: walk Town Lake Trail, light arm weights at home, standing crunches

Saturday: ZUMBA

Sunday: sit on your ass happily

My schedule is WONKY and varies according to my work schedule and other priorities that week, but I try to look at the week ahead each Sunday and add my workouts to my calendar in advance. That way, I won’t accidentally schedule anything over a workout.

I weigh myself every morning for consistency, but I also take into account that some days I’ll be a bit higher in weight due to low water or not enough fiber the day before. Be patient with yourself and accept that everyone gains weight differently during pregnancy. Everything happening to your body is beautiful and such a blessing. Focus on health, serenity, and the strength you feel creating new life.

Stay gold, 

That Girl

 

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