Just in case you missed my announcement, yes, I’m pregnant. With TWINS. I’m 17 weeks along and my belly is in full effect. I’ve been working out 3 – 5 days a week, but I’ve majorly scaled back since I’ve been exhausted. Sometimes I go to bed at 7:30. Seriously.
So far, I compare being pregnant to being a grandma. You’re always sleeping, it’s hard to get up, your back, joints, knees, etc. are always achy and you’re constantly cooking something to eat.
Here are a few simple workouts/moves you can do in the gym or in your living room to stay fit while pregnant without overdoing it.
Chest presses are great to keep your boobies from appearing droopy. Although the changes are slight, every little bit helps, right?
Adjust the machine to your body and put it on a super light/no weight. Exhale and push the handles forward until your arms are extended but your elbows do not lock. Inhale and slowly return your arms back to chest level—but not completely (the weight stack should not slam, but should come close to touching). Aim for 8-12 repetitions and 1-3 sets.
Medicine Ball Squats
Medicine ball squats are great to keep your butt and legs toned and sexy. That way, when you’re out with your boo in your cute skirt or shorts, no one will be able to tell your preggo from the back. These are things I think about.
Lower your body, bending at the hips, keeping your weight back on your heels. Keep your back as upright as possible. Make sure your knees don’t cross the plain of your toes. Don’t go past 90 degrees at your knees. Choose a super light ball (2 – 10 lbs). Do 5 – 10 reps. Aim for 5 sets.
Weighted lunges are another great exercise for your quads and butt.
Choose a light set of weights (2 – 10 lbs). Take a big step forward (with either leg) while bending at the knee until the front thigh is approaching parallel to the ground and the rear leg is bent at the knee and balanced on the toes. Don’t let the forward knee go past the tip of the toes as this puts significant strain on the knee. Do 10 reps and be sure to alternate legs with each rep. Rest and repeat the set 3 – 5 times.
If you were a runner before your pregnancy, typically it’s totally fine to keep running. Be sure to check iwth your doctor first though. My little bunnies don’t like it when I run or jump around too much. They let me know by giving me shooting cramps in my belly.
Power walking is a great alternative. You want to walk fast enough that you’re slightly winded, but not so fast that you can’t carry on a conversation.
Duh. Most doctors recommend doing yoga while pregnant since it’s low impact but still gives you a great workout.
I’m wearing work out gear from JCPenney’s Xersion line. I especially love the leggings. They feel high-end but they’re under $20. You can’t beat that. Plus, they accomodate my bump nicely.
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