Today I opened up the pregnancy app, Sprout, on my phone and was greeted with this message: “Congratulations! You’ve reached your third trimester.” Wow, where did that go?
When you have two children and a husband in grad school the time goes like that (I’m snapping my fingers). I’m a little busier now than when I was in my first pregnancy! Most days I forget I’m pregnant. That’s not all bad. It means the time is going by faster and I’m not counting down every agonizing day until the baby arrives. It also means I’m not obsessing over every pound I gain, every potential stretch mark, and every pregnancy-related ache and pain I have. That’s nice.
On the other hand, forgetting I’m pregnant also means forgetting to take my iron supplements, forgetting my pre-natal vitamins (the mornings are crazy around here, ok?), and forgetting to shop for maternity clothes (and trying to squeeze into my non-maternity wardrobe for way too long)! It also means forgetting to enjoy every moment of this last pregnancy, which is something I swore I would do. And that makes me feel a little sad.
Ninety-one days to go.
Here’s how I’m feeling heath and fitness-wise:
I rocked my second trimester!! My goal was to fit exercise in four days a week because that’s absolutely all I have time for right now (did I mention my two older children and that my husband is madly trying to get his thesis done before the baby arrives??)
I broke my workouts into either two full-body strength training sessions and two HIIT sessions (of 20-30 minutes) in the week OR three full-body strength sessions and one HIIT session in the week. I think I was consistent all through my second trimester. I ate well and got lots of sleep. My boys have been mostly angelic which helps! I really felt on top of things and proud of my progress the last three months. As of four days ago I was up fifteen pounds.
As you may have read previously, I’ve altered my strength training sessions slightly. In my second trimester I’m no longer doing exercises that put me in a horizontal plank position – including push-ups, burpees, and, of course, planks. This is to decrease the downward pressure on my abdominal muscles – which contributes to diastasis recti. Learn more about that in my diastasis recti and push-ups post.
Last week (at 26 weeks pregnant), my energy started to taper off. My strength training sessions are now feeling more taxing. I’ve had to back off on the intensity and increase my rest times between sets. I’m also feeling that when I run, instead of hippity-hopping along like a swift little runner, my feet are going BOOM BOOM BOOM! I’ve started taking longer walking breaks and I’ve decreased the intensity/duration of my running. I’ve also started walking a lot more – anywhere accessible on foot with a stroller I will go. The grocery store, my midwife appointments, the park… I know this doesn’t make up for the decrease in intensity of my workouts but it does have health benefits all the same. ☺
The plan for the third trimester is to keep pushing myself as I have been but maintaining a strong connection with my body so that I know when to ease off. As I’ve said, I enjoy the feeling of being strong and in shape, but I’m not a complete fitness freak. Because I’m dedicated to a lifetime of good health and fitness, I’m 100% confident that I will get back to where I want to be, post-baby. I feel no urgency to work out like crazy in my last trimester. These last three months are all about growing this baby and taking care of myself. I can’t see myself ever letting a week go by without working out a few times but I also need to get lots of rest because I won’t be getting much very soon!
Thanks for reading.