If you missed my last post in regards to my 40 pound weight loss before finding out I was pregnant, you can read that here.
But for now, we will get back to where I left you hanging:
A year's worth of working my behind off (literally) and losing 40 lbs, and then came that positive pregnancy test...
Now, I know most women are over the moon excited when they find out that they are going to be bringing a new little life into the world. And don't think I wasn't excited, because believe me, I really, truly was. It's just that, in my head, this wasn't the way things were supposed to go. "A" and I had a plan to wait five years before we would even consider having a baby. Plus, we were living in a one bedroom apartment, barely making ends meet. I knew we could work through that. "A" is the most determined, driven and financially wise person (he does work in finance, so he should be, right?) I know, so that stuff wasn't going to be an issue.
All I kept thinking was, how is this going to affect my body? I mean you hear all of these stories about what pregnancy can do to your body: swollen limbs, water retention, back pain, leg pain, weight gain...I could go on and on. But they say that pregnancy is so short lived and you do it all out of love for the health of your baby. I had to keep telling myself this as my pregnancy began and progressed. I was determined to take care of myself and to stay in the best shape possible throughout those 40 weeks. So, with permission from my doctor to continue my workouts, and just tweaking minor things, I began my pregnant fitness journey.
|My Mom, Me and my Mother-in-Law 1 week before my due date.|
My focus was to get in as many reps as possible before I felt fatigued. This would typically consist of 4 sets of 10-12 reps for each lift. I wore my Polar heart rate monitor everyday as to watch and make sure that I didn't get my heart rate up too high. (I always tried to keep it at or below the 130-140 bpm range.) I also dropped the amount of weight I was lifting as the pregnancy progressed as to not add stress to my baby. The bigger he got, the easier it was to get my heart rate up and I did fatigue a lot faster! I was determined to keep my body in the best shape possible to better prepare my body for labor and delivery and to make my recovery that much smoother.
|Madden and Mommy the day he was born.|
|Our first night at home, two days after Madden was born.|
Now, I know I am not a doctor, or certified dietician, or physical trainer. I just did what felt right for me. Every woman is different, and you should always check with your doctor before beginning any type of workout regimen. I just wanted to show you that you CAN workout while pregnant, and stay in shape and combat the fear of your body being "ruined" post-baby!
So there you have it...my fitness journey before "M" came into the picture, during his time in my belly, and immediately after he came into this world. But it doesn't stop there! I am continually a work in progress, as fitness is a part of my everyday life. How do I manage that? Tune in tomorrow as I give you an insider's look at what "a day in the life of Jenna Rae" looks like and where I am today!
Until next time...