Okay, because we’re all friends here, I’m going to be super real and tell you I have zero authority on this subject. (Insert laughing/crying emoji here.) But seriously, I snack more than I should and working out and staying active has been a challenge for me since week 8 of my pregnancy.
Things started off great, and I thought, This isn’t so bad! during the first few weeks of my pregnancy. I continued to go to hot yoga and felt pretty great about my activity level and the healthy foods I was eating.
Then the first trimester exhaustion kicked in. Then my appetite changed. I thought things would improve in my second trimester, but my energy didn’t come back the way I had hoped. I was able to increase my activity, but still not to the starry-eyed level of active I had imagined.
So, what have I been doing this whole time?
I stopped attending hot yoga during my first trimester. I wasn’t going often enough to justify my membership plus my healthcare provider didn’t recommend practicing in the hot setting while pregnant.
A few weeks ago I discovered a great YouTube channel for prenatal yoga via another blogger. The videos are short and relaxing. I’ve really enjoyed pulling out my mat and following the video. I also like that I can do one, or two if I’m feeling up for something more.
In addition to the video, I’ve been practicing yoga on my own. Mostly stretching yoga. My back has been a little sore due to gaining weight and the shift in my gait and I’m sure other pregnancy related reasons. Stretching has provided a huge relief for muscle and back pain and it has also helped keep leg cramps at bay.
If there was a prenatal studio closer to my house and it was in my budget, I would definitely be doing that. I highly recommend it if you can!
Other than yoga, I’ve been walking. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my snaps in the evenings before taking a walk.
I walk every Tuesday from our home to the park where my husband plays softball, and my hope is that I’ll be able to walk to every game during the fall league. The walk is about 1.5 miles and takes about 25-30 minutes, so hopefully I can keep up that level of activity through October.
I try to walk at least three or more times each week. I almost always plan walks with my friend who lives one street over. She had a baby in March, and we’ve enjoyed keeping one another motivated to stay active. Walks are so much more fun when I have someone to talk to. If I go by myself and plan to walk any distance over a mile, I make sure I have a podcast to listen to. Otherwise I start to focus on how tired my legs feel! Yikes!
So, those are my main activities. Yoga and walking.
I’m doing what I can and trying to balance healthy eating with maintaining my activity level. We’ll see how it goes! I still have about 10 weeks until our due date, and a lot can happen between now and then.
It’s helped to have the right clothes, and I’ve loved the maternity options available at Gap.
Outfit Details: breathable tee – Gap, non-maternity here | blackout leggings – Gap, non-maternity here | breathable hoodie – Gap, non-maternity here | sports bra – Gap | sneakers – H&M, similar | iPhone case – Amazon | sunglasses – Target | earrings – J.Crew Factory
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How do you maintain an active lifestyle? Do you have any favorite workouts to do at home? Or any favorite YouTube channels for yoga? Where do you find the best clothing for staying active?
PS – read my post on living an active lifestyle.