First of all, thanks to everyone who participated in our #TFplank challenge last week. I LOVED seeing all your posts. In case you missed it, you can see the details here and start whenever you are ready!
I wanted to pop in and give you a pregnancy update. Many of you have been so kind to ask how I am feeling. I am 25 weeks along now and well into my 2nd trimester. I am feeling so much better and really enjoying this part of my pregnancy. I want to share a few of the ways I am striving to stay fit during the 2nd Trimester for any of you other expecting ladies! (Here’s the post about Tips for a Fit 1st Trimester in case you missed it)
1. I am eating healthier
During my first trimester, I dealt with some nausea and some days just had to eat what I could keep down, even if that meant crackers and bread. Once I hit 15 weeks, I started to feel better and was able to get back to eating the way I normally do.
My food aversions are pretty much gone and I haven’t had too many crazy cravings. During first trimester, I couldn’t handle fish, a healthy food that I normally love, and now I am back to making fish at least once a week to get in those healthy omega 3 fatty acids. This is one of my favorite salmon recipes!
I am still following the hunger rule and I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. Some days I eat more than others, but that’s normal as the baby goes through growth spurts.
2. My workouts focus on strength
As my energy has been coming back, I have gotten back into working out consistently. There were just some days during first trimester when I needed a nap more than a workout. But I am feeling more energetic now and have been shooting for 4 to 5 days a week for 30-45 minutes each session.
My workouts have consisted mostly of strength training. I know from my last pregnancy that maintaining as much muscle tone as I can will help me avoid aches and pains during pregnancy and help me bounce back quicker afterwards.
I usually just open up the app and browse the Specialty Workouts section for 2nd Trimester workouts and then look for the ones that focus on strength. I’ve also been repeating some of the workouts from our recent Baby Bump Fitness Challenge.
For cardio, I have been hitting the hills in my neighborhood for walks. Sadly, this time around running hasn’t felt great for me, so I have been sticking to walking, but I am still work up a good sweat with the hills we have.
Finally, I have been taking one Barre class a week. I like the way that barre focuses on core stabilization work and also the way up keeps my booty and legs toned. Plus, I always try to keep learning and challenging myself so I can bring you ladies fresh things in our Tailored Fitness workouts.
3. I am still avoiding the scale
As I shared in my first trimester tips, I decided to pack up my scale during this pregnancy and it has helped a lot not to see that number climb and worry about how much weight I had gained. They still weigh me at the doctors office and I just look away. I know they will tell me if I am gaining to little or too much, so I just let them take care of that.
When am pregnant, my body just goes into autopilot. It gains weight when it wants and where it wants and I really don’t have much control over it. I am just doing my best to eat well and stay active so I can be healthy, but I am trusting my body to do what God designed it to, support a baby!
Sometimes this feeling of not being in control is frustrating. The pattern I have noticed is that I gain weight all over in the first and second trimester and in the 3rd trimester, that extra weight I gain helps the baby have what it needs when it puts on weight during the third trimester. It’s sometimes hard to look in the mirror and see that my arms and legs are thicker than I’d like.
Our culture portrays the idea that you should be “all belly” and not gain any extra weight, but that’s not how it works for most of us. I am still learning to embrace my curves and softer side and celebrate that it means I am growing a life.
3. I am finding clothes that make me feel good
To go along with #2, I am working harder this time to find maternity clothes that make me feel great. When I’m already struggling a bit with how I look, having clothes that fit me well and highlight what I like really helps.
I have a couple awesome friends who have blessed me with some hand-me-downs and I have also picked up a couple new things, but I have been pickier this time around. Here are my rules for buying something new right now:
1) Does it make me feel great when it put it on?
2) Is it practical for my everyday life as a mom?
3) Can I wear it during AND after pregnancy?
4) Is it nursing friendly?
I have found 2 great dresses recently that meet all these qualifications and I have been enjoying wearing them.
This blue dress is from Athleta, which you all know I love. It’s not maternity, but the ruching around the waist makes it great for pregnancy. It will be flattering afterwards as well and the buttons down the front will make nursing feasible. Plus, it’s my favorite color.
I also picked up this dress from Boob Design. It’s nice and stretchy for pregnancy, but will be super cute afterwards as well. Best of all, it has 2 layers up top, which allows for easy nursing access. Thanks to my friend Natalie for her blog post that introduced me to it.
Thanks for walking with me through this pregnancy and for all your support and encouragement. We can’t wait to meet this sweet baby girl come September and with each kick I feel, I just get more excited! Hope you ladies have a wonderful week.