I am so excited about this new spot on the blog. I love learning new things (unless it has to do with grammar or how sugar is bad for you) and I knew NOTHING about exercise and pregnancy before and now I can’t stop reading everything in the world about it.
First, a few people have wanted to see a baby pump. I know it looks like I just ate a big meal but I promise there is a little baby in there:)
From my own observations thus far (because clearly I am an expert):
1. Running is harder.
2. Running is more rewarding.
These two things kind of contradict each other but they are true for me. Before the thought that I could possibly be pregnant entered my mind, my runs started getting a lot harder. I remember going on a 14 miler with SR, Sarah and Pam and wondering what in the world my problem was because I was barely holding onto the pace for dear life. Breathing was harder, I was a lot more tired and the chaffing in every area of my body started early on.
Why is running/exercise more rewarding now than it used to be for me? There are a few reasons for this.
1. Doing something hard makes you feel even better about yourself. Knowing that I could easily just make an excuse that I am pregnant and therefore belong on the couch would be easy. After teaching a spin class at 6 a.m. or going to yoga at night when I am already tired makes me realize I am the bomb.com for doing something that is difficult.
2. I know that it is incredibly good for my baby, what could be more rewarding than doing something you know will help your baby to be healthier?
3. Let’s be honest here okay. As different areas are growing on my body and things are changing and acne has invaded the weirdest places, I just don’t feel as sexy. When I get a good workout in that day then my confidence raises and I realize how amazing my body is rather than focusing on the negative.
4. My mood is better and I don’t freak out at Billy for eating the last bowl of granola (okay, I am still a little mad about that).
5. I get to run purely for enjoyment now. There is no stress related to a goal pace or a marathon pr. I am continuing to do it because I love that feeling after a run.
A main focus that I have on this section of the blog is to encourage pregnant women to exercise (if you were already doing it before you got pregnant and after talking to your doctor about it). Yes, it is hard but isn’t that one of the reasons we are runners….we like to challenge ourselves and we REALLY like doing something that we know is good for us!
Why has exercising been rewarding for you lately?
When you were pregnant (or if you are now) what was your favorite type of exercise?
What was the last workout/run that really challenged you?