First Trimester Exercise… or at least my attempt!

February 18, 2014|Posted in: Health, Running, Workouts

My husband and I are very excited to be expecting!  Our little bundle of joy is expected mid-July and we really are two giddy and happy parents!  So I decided to do a post about pregnancy.  I am not going to dedicate this entire blog to this.  It is still about everyone living a healthy lifestyle and my tips will be for everyone but I figured once in a while I should put a post out there for all the moms-to-be and those who will eventually be moms one day.  Hey, even husbands can benefit knowing this info!

When I first found out I was pregnant it was sort of a shock.  I knew that we wanted it to happen and were somewhat expecting it but to actually see the positive sign on the pregnancy test… it kind of took my breath away.  I found out at around 4 – 5 weeks.  I was surprised because of how good I felt.  I was kicking butt at the gym and just overall feeling really great.  I was ready to be this super fit, healthy, and in shape pregnant lady still running top speed.  Then, I hit 6 weeks.

There are certain situations where I have always heard people say that you truly don’t know what it’s like until you experience it.  Well, pregnancy absolutely fits that description.  Once I hit 6 weeks pregnant, it was as if a light switch flipped and I was hit by a truck.  I literally woke up one morning and felt so nauseous I couldn’t sit up.  I had to ask my husband to run out and get some saltine crackers and a carbonated beverage (and you know I don’t normally drink soda).  What had happened?!  Oh yeah… I’m pregnant.

So, this began my morning sickness and realization that I might not be able to be Super Woman throughout this after all.  I know my morning sickness was not nearly as bad as it could have been.  I have heard of women needing medication just to get them through it.  I look up to those women so much because I know that has to be so hard.  I will say that I woke up every day feeling as if I had a terrible hangover, exhausted to the point of wanting to sleep on the floor underneath my desk at work, and so nauseous that certain smells would have me sprinting towards the bathroom.  These hormones are no joke!

So how in the world was I going to stay healthy throughout this all?  I felt like I couldn’t exercise and couldn’t even eat certain foods that I knew I should be eating.  I made a salad one day for lunch and when I went to get it out and eat it at my desk I was so repulsed just looking at it.  I had to put it back into the refrigerator and go downstairs in my building to find anything else that I could possibly stomach.  I was craving some unhealthy things too.  It was like my body was rejecting everything I knew!

I realized that I had to do something.  I am a health and fitness nut and it is really important to me that I give my baby the healthiest environment I possibly can.  I took a week or two off from working out, let my body rest, and changed things up so I could figure out how to get in my exercise and also stomach some healthy eating.  Luckily, I was able to do this and now in my second trimester, I am so relieved that I was able to continue a mostly healthy lifestyle.  And relieved that most of my morning sickness has finally subsided!

So, here are my tips on how to stay healthy and exercise during that first trimester when you just don’t feel like doing anything but lying on the couch (which is okay to do sometimes, too!).

  1. Accept that it’s okay to slow down.  I wanted to still run at the same speed as I had been.  I had to realize that in order for me to make it through the run and for the health of the baby I needed to slow down a little bit.  Not too drastically but just enough that it felt a little easier.
  2. Eat constantly.  This really helps with nausea so you still have the ability to work out and also helps keep your energy levels up so you’re not as tired.  Healthy snacks are obviously the go to option – crackers, veggies, fruit (one of my fave’s), granola bars, and nuts.
  3. Stock up.  This ties into #2 but to make sure that you CAN east constantly, stock up on foods!  I’m not kidding – keep things stocked in your desk, your night stand, your purse, your car, and anywhere else in case a hunger pain strikes.  Yep – I have become a food pack rat!  You will be so happy you did this.
  4. Be flexible about the time of day you work out.  I work out in the morning.  I feel better doing it at that time and it works for my schedule.  But, there were days that the morning was just too hard and I felt too sick.  So I had to realize that if I wanted to work out I would have to change it up and some days do it after work.
  5. Be flexible about the type of work out you do.  Running just wasn’t in the cards for me some days.  So I did more weights, strength exercises, and biking.  Sometimes I just didn’t want to be in the gym in case my stomach got upset so I would even do workout DVD’s instead of going to the gym.
  6. Go easy on yourself.  It’s very easy to put pressure on yourself.  After all, we are growing a human!  It’s a BIG job and a lot of work.  But if you are just exhausted and can’t work out, don’t.  If you are craving something that’s on the unhealthy side, go for it.  This is a time to let yourself do that.  Just don’t go too crazy and treat your body like a garbage disposal.
  7. If your body doesn’t want it, don’t eat it.  Don’t make yourself more nauseous than you have to!  If your body is rejecting it, just don’t eat it.  Even if it’s healthy.  There are a LOT of healthy options out there so if a salad isn’t cutting it, find something else healthy.  Trust me, it’s possible.

This is how I got through my first trimester and still maintained my mostly healthy lifestyle.  I will keep you up to date on how the rest of my pregnancy goes!

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I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.