When I was having a hard time getting pregnant last year, I joined LA fitness back in March and started trying to get healthier thinking it would somehow improve my ability to get pregnant. I did yoga to try and relax, and I did other classes the build strength and endurance. When I got pregnant in July 2014, I was just in the transition stage of being in better shape but I didn't quite feel like I was where I was trying to get. My doctor had told me to continue regular exercise that I had done before the pregnancy but not to take on new routines and things my body wasn't already used to. Some women run marathons and continue a very rigorous work out schedule throughout their pregnancy because they were in those habits before. I think it's awesome that some people are able to keep up that level of fitness while also going through a pregnancy. I, however, didn't feel like my body was accustomed to a very strenuous routine before hand so I decided that walking and yoga would be my best bet for exercise during my pregnancy.
I've noticed as I get further along in the pregnancy, the easier it is start feeling very lazy and to try and make excuses to sit down or take a nap. I've been trying to keep my energy level up but I do find my body telling me to slow down a little more. Just the other day I went on a long walk, (5 plus miles according to my Fitbit) and I found myself getting worn out much easier than usual. I guess it makes sense carrying around a baby and about 25 extra pounds. But despite the changes my body is going through, I've been trying to stay active.
I think I mentioned I got a Fitbit for Christmas. I wanted to see how many steps I walked a day and to hold myself more accountable for how active or non active I was each day. When I first started, the idea of walking 10,000 steps a day seemed easy and realistic. Quickly I realized that was actually a lot of steps and equivalent to about 5 miles of walking per day. It wasn't nearly as easy as I thought it would be. While I don't pressure myself to hit a step goal everyday, I do find having the Fitbit and friends I'm "competing" with makes me walk more and push myself harder than I used to. For those of you looking for some motivation to be more active and walk more, I recommend getting a fit bit or similar device. It's definitely helped me stay motivated and more aware of my activity level.
Today I did prenatal yoga for the first time. As I mentioned in another post, I was able to get into a free class for the next three Saturdays. It was nice being with other pregnant ladies, relaxing, stretching, and preparing our bodies for the labor and delivery. It was a 75 minute class, and overall I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to going back next weekend. It was the first time doing yoga with baby and me, and I definitely enjoyed it more than I was expecting!