Fitness during this pregnancy has been a huge priority for me. Why? With Hampton, I gained 45 pounds. It was really tough to lose all of that weight. I was unrecognizable and I didn’t feel like myself. It made me feel bad physically and mentally. My pregnancy was very different with him. I was sick the first half and the second half, pregnancy cravings kicked in and I ate Chocolate chip cookies every single night. It didn’t matter if I was hungry or not, I ate them anyway. Hello 48 pounds.
This time around, I wanted things to be different. I don’t want to gain any where close to 45. I want to stay between 25 and 30lbs. That is a healthy amount of weight gain for me. I have been participating in the Love Your Body series through Tone it Up and that has really helped me stay focused. A couple of weeks ago, I had a really bad week. I ate lots of sweets and didn’t work out every day like I normally do. I could tell a huge difference in the way I felt. It wasn’t fun.
Exercising every day has helped me feel like me for a lot longer. It has helped me keep my weight gain down and has kept my muscles alive. Last time, I felt like mush. It was not flattering. While watching Biggest Loser a couple of weeks ago, Jenna Wolfe showed up as a guest trainer. She was 25 weeks pregnant which is what I was at the time and she was doing everything with them. She is a hoss. It was so encouraging to see someone who knows how uncomfortable you are but works through that to stay healthy and fit. It really lifted my spirits and gave me the push I needed to get back on track and #werk.
So far, I’ve gained 16 pounds, but I feel so good. I feel like myself rather than a beached elephant seal. For that I am so thankful. I can’t stress to you how big a difference this one little lifestyle change has made in this pregnancy. Best news? I won’t have as much weight to lose this time, as long as I continue to do well. As I’ve entered my third trimester, it hasn’t always been easy and I do give myself rest days if I really need them, but it is so worth it to feel healthy and more like myself.
Do you have any exercise tips for the third trimester? What kept you motivated during your pregnancy?