Hey guys! Marci here visiting over from The Wallace House! Ali and I go way back, she’s the cutest, right?! She contacted me the other day and asked if I would share the story of my fitness journey throughout & after pregnancy. Let me just start by saying I’m in no way an expert, not at all! But I know the basics and I’ve learned a lot over three pregnancies/post-partum periods. Today I’ll share with you my basic fitness regimen during and after pregnancy!
I really neglected fitness during my first pregnancy and, luckily, I learned from it. I started my first pregnancy around 110lb and gained somewhere near 45lb putting me over 150lb by week 40. Doctors recommend gaining 25-35 pounds so I was well over the recommended weight gain.
I justified not working out because I had a torn ACL throughout my pregnancy but, honestly, that was an excuse. I used pregnancy as an excuse to be pretty inactive and eat whatever I wanted. Because of that, I seriously paid for it after I delivered my baby boy. It took me months and lots and lots of work to burn all that fat. I eventually got down to 105 pounds (5lb less than pre-pregnancy weight!) and I was really proud but I knew I never wanted to do that again.
When I got pregnant just 8 months after my first delivery (fun fact: I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant with my second later in the afternoon on the day picture 2 above was taken!), I had a pregnancy fitness plan. It was super simple and easily achievable. Want to know what it was?
That’s it. I had to do some type of “workout” every single day (well, 6 days a week…Sunday is always my rest day!). When I first found out I was pregnant my husband and I had been planning to start C25K. If you aren’t familiar with it, C25K stands for Couch to 5k and is an app that works you from couch potato to running a 5k ha! I definitely was not a couch potato at this point but I love the program anyway. It was my second time through the program and because I had a healthy pregnancy and the OK from my doctor, I started and finished the program as planned and completed my last run somewhere between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
After my 20th week it was too uncomfortable for me to run long distances so I started taking Jack on walk/run combos with the jogger. Most days we took a 5 mile route, walking most of the way but occasionally jogging (I would tell myself…okay, just run to that sign ahead and then I can walk again!). Some days if we were short on time we would just go 1 mile. Some days if the weather was bad or I was bored of my walk/run combo I would get on my exercise bike and pedal while I watched a TV show. If we were going to do a lot of shopping one day I would count all the walking as my exercise. Occasionally I lifted weights to keep my strength up. Sometimes I used prenatal workout DVDs or followed a Blogilates workout (if you’re unfamiliar with Blogilates, look it up on YouTube. You will fall in love with Cassy! She is so fun to workout with!) and modified it to be safe and/or possible while pregnant. Oh and chasing littles definitely counts! That is one of the ways I stayed fit during pregnancy #3!
Like I said, I just did something every. single. day! And guess what? I gained a grand total of 28 pounds in pregnancy #2 instead of the 45+ I gained in my first pregnancy. I looked better, I felt better and my delivery/recovery were so much better! Disclaimer: the easier delivery & recovery was also owed in part to it being my second delivery and my baby being a whole pound smaller 🙂
The real proof is in the pictures!