I started on my health and wellness journey back in June 2018, working out consistently three days a week.
In December 2018 when I found out I was pregnant, I was really nervous to continue my workout routine. And to be honest, working out had became one of the top priorities for me. It’s how I relieved stress throughout the week and gave me an hour at a time to clear my mind and focus on myself.
So when it came time for my first OB appointment with baby, I quickly asked my doctor if it was okay to continue to exercise. She started laughing and said not only was it okay, it was encouraged. She told me to listen to my body, and anything I was doing before I could continue doing with modifications as needed – not lying flat on my back or stomach, etc. She said she would tell me if I needed to stop my workouts at any point, but my pregnancy was complication free and exercise over the next nine months would help me throughout.
Trevor was such a trooper throughout. Not only was he super flexible and graceful with me – some days showing up at the gym felt like a workout in and of itself – he still pushed me to get the workout in we both new I needed physically and emotionally. He also helped me work through all of the aches and pains pregnancy brings. From lower back and inner hamstring pains to tight hips, he made sure to leave time at the beginning and end of every workout to help me stretch without hurting myself.
Needless to say, I truly believe exercising 2-3 times a week my entire pregnancy – yes, all three trimesters – made my pregnancy and delivery a lot easier.
I feel like the ability to get in time each week to move my body kept my stress in check, minimized weight gain and swelling, alleviated aches and pains, and most importantly reinforced a healthy lifestyle.
I’m now four weeks postpartum, and am counting down the days for my six-week appointment with my OB to get the clear to start exercising again – fingers crossed!
Never in a million years did I think I’d be longing to get back into the gym, but the day I can get back it will be a great day.