My husband and I decided that we wanted to start trying to have a baby in September 2015. We immediately scheduled an appointment with a doctor that works at a commercial association he manages. So bonus is that he knows our doctor! In that initial appointment he went through a bunch of information with us, and told us to call him either when we got pregnant or if it was taking around a year, that we should give him a call.
We had our first appointment scheduled on December 31st when we were 7 weeks and 5 days pregnant! It was at that appointment that we got into more details about what I could and could not do during my pregnancy. Below are a few rules my doctor set in place, and some that I have put in place now that I am in the middle of my pregnancy.
Rule 1: Don't start a new fitness regimen.
Good news for me, I already had a great base of training in the gym due to my time with the amazing Jenna Fail! So I could continue on with my training and/or running, since I had been doing both pretty consistently pre-pregnancy. However, I couldn't start picking up karate or kickboxing. Maybe after Mark is born.
Rule 2: Don't lie on your back after the first trimester.
Thankfully I don't do many exercises that cause me to lie on my back, so this was an easy adjustment. I just had to take out some bench presses. But it was an easy change (see rule 3).
Rule 3: Switch to machines when possible. (this is my own personal rule and not one that I believe is based on anything specific.)
Why switch to machines? It's easier to not get hurt when using machines. You can easily release yourself from using the machine without the worry of a heavy weight falling on you.
Rule 4: Focus on reps and not weight.
When I was hardcore on #TeamFail with Jenna, it was such an amazing feeling to see my weights go up from week to week. Now that I am pregnant, I am not focused on that at all. Yes, I am still getting a good pump in, but my goal isn't to increase my weights. My goal is to maintain my fitness level and progress as safely as possible during this pregnancy.
Rule 5: Listen to your body. I repeat...LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
This is probably the most important rule of them all. One of my first questions to my doctor when asking whether or not I could continue my time in the gym was, "what should my heart rate be?" He was less concerned about heart rate and more concerned with whether or not I could have a conversation. I think that has been a great gauge. If I can't have a conversation, I stop what I am doing, get some water and take a breather. If for some reason an exercise is really causing me a hard time, I stop completely. While I have specific workouts I am trying to get through Monday through Friday, if I cannot finish a workout, no worries. I am really focusing on listening to my body, and so should you if you're pregnant!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!