Exercising while pregnant can be intimidating, but it is healthy to workout while you’re pregnant. This is my experience with exercise during pregnancy.
I have always been a bit of a workout-aholic. If I can’t make it to the gym, then you can find me doing leg lifts while I brush my teeth and crunches/push-ups during commercial breaks.
I love the way I feel after a Zumba or dance class – refreshed, a little tired, but energetic and happy. Exercise is how I de-stress – it is what got me through a lot of rough times teaching the past three years. And then I got pregnant…
Since the doctor confirmed there was a bun in the oven, I put the kabash on exercise. Exercising while pregnant is a scary thing right?
I read and heard firsthand from Moms that exercising during pregnancy can make labor and delivery easier.
I started walking. And lifting light weights in my bedroom. And once or twice I put on some tunes and danced around the bedroom. These little workouts helped my mood and energy level. But now that I am 21 to 22 weeks pregnant, they aren’t doing the trick anymore.
Saturday morning I woke up and, without thinking, found myself on the Zumba class locator page. There was a class that accepted drop-ins close to our new house, and it started in an hour. I hopped out of bed, threw on some clothes, and zoomed over to the gym. An hour and a half later, I was sweaty, bursting with energy from the rush of endorphins, and the proud owner of a new gym membership.
I have been to two Zumba classes and am going to try some Les Mill’s class called Sh’Bam tomorrow. I also want to try Body Pump and Yoga. I have been speaking with the instructors at the gym before class, letting them know I am pregnant, and asking for modifications. Everyone has been very nice.
What I’ve Learned about Exercise During Pregnancy
For Zumba, I am not supposed to hop all over the room like I drank 4 Mountain Dews. Hopping, jumping, bee-boppin all over the place can make you dizzy and lose your balance. My center of gravity is off and if I fall on my belly – that’s bad.
I am also supposed to keep my heart rate at a level low enough where I am not out of breath. Baby can’t breathe if I can’t breathe. Exercising while pregnant has its limits. Exercises that require you to lay on your back are off limits. Laying on your back can cut off the blood flow to your baby.
There are lots more things that I am doing differently now that I am pregnant. I am drinking loads of water, wearing the right kind of sports bra, warming up and cooling down for a little longer, etc.
If you are pregnant, or have been in the past, did you exercise during your pregnancy?