I really enjoyed my Memorial Day weekend. I spent time with family. This morning, we went to park so hang out and get some exercise in. I started out this week getting a great workout at my weekly prenatal yoga class. So I wanted to keep up the workout momentum.
During the yoga class, the teacher really challenged us to push ourselves past our comfort level. I mentioned in an earlier post that I didn’t really challenge myself physically last pregnancy and I wanted to be more physically fit this pregnancy. Well the class was perfect for that. We did squats and leg lifts and I could really feel a nice burn the next day. I realize I was being so gentle with my body, I was shying away from giving it a good workout.
So I decided to do some biking today. I craved biking during my last pregnancy. But when I asked my midwife about it, she said it wasn’t a safe exercise during pregnancy. Well, this time around, I’ve decided to listen to my own body and intuition. At 5 months pregnant, I’ve only gained 12 pounds and I feel very comfortable riding a bike at this stage in my pregnancy. I realize I could fall off the bike, but I’m being extremely safe and not biking in crowded areas or on the street. I’m strictly biking in the park and taking it easy, respecting my physical limitations.
I had so much fun! I think this is the perfect thing to compliment my exercise routine. As I was biking, I could feel my legs strengthening and my butt and abs getting a good workout too. These are key areas during pregnancy. In fact, these are the exact areas that become most active during labor. I remember feeling the contractions the most in my uterus with vibrations moving up and down my legs. So I think working out these areas now will only help me be better conditioned during labor. Also, I had fun. So I’m more likely to go do it again.
I only biked for about 30 minutes today, but I hope to increase this gradually throughout pregnancy until I can’t bike any more. So now, I’m doing yoga once a week and biking 3 times a week. I will see about adding more yoga during the week.
In addition to contributing to an easier labor, I’m hoping to gain more energy with this workout regimen. I was sore when I finished biking. I took a nap when I got home. But when I woke up, I did laundry, washed the dishes, worked on this blog, and played with Skye. I was very productive and didn’t feel sluggish at all. Even though it’s only been a couple of days, I think the physical activity is helping. My pregnancy exercise routine coupled with my vitamin regimen will provide the nourishment I need to feel good during the next 4 months of this pregnancy.
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