The Pregnant Pilates Instructor
An honest, unfiltered blog about a Pilates instructor’s journey to stay fit and healthy during her first pregnancy.
Month 1 (Weeks 5 – 8):
How I’m Feeling:
One word – ANXIOUS! Finding out that I was expecting brought on simultaneous feelings of elation and anxiety. During the first few weeks following my big discovery my emotions oscillated from excitement to anxiety; landing mostly on anxiety. Being a worrier by nature, I became instantly terrified of miscarriage, convinced this happy news was too good to be true. After a couple of sleepless nights, I phoned a friend (who also happens to be an OBGYN) who suggested, due to my fears and medical history, that I request blood work and an early ultrasound from my doctor. I followed her advice and called my doctor’s office, who was able to get me in that same day for blood work and an ultrasound the next week. I was beyond relieved to find out that all of my “levels” (hcg and progesterone) were excellent and at 7 weeks pregnant my husband and I got to see our baby and hear its heartbeat for the very first time!
My Fitness Routine:
My month 2 fitness routine centered around maintaining my previously established workout routine and stress management. Because I was still feeling great physically during this period, it was easy for me to keep up with my pre-pregnancy workout regimen of Pilates 3 times a week and high intensity interval training 2-3 times per week. Being certified as a pre + postnatal Pilates specialists, I knew all the amazing benefits of practicing Pilates throughout pregnancy and was determined and excited to reap these benefits for myself. I also found myself gravitating to cardio classes at my favorite HIIT workout studio, Shred 415, as a way to manage my anxiety. It should be noted that you do not need to modify your workout routine during your first trimester (unless directed by your doctor), but you should avoid activities that put you at risk for falling or impact to your abdomen. And now is not the time to start a new activity. Stick to what you know, listen to your body and do what feels good!
What I’m Eating:
Anything and everything healthy! Because I had no food aversions or morning sickness during this period, I was able to continue the uber healthy diet routine that I had established a few months prior to my pregnancy. Not to mention I was way too terrified to eat something that might (heaven forbid) be bad for my baby! Some of my go to’s during this period included:
- eggs (organic, DHA enriched; hardboiled or scrambled)
- nuts & seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, etc.)
- green smoothie (kale/spinach, yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, sesame seeds, coconut oil and banana)
- green juice from Juice Bar
- sweet potatoes
- brussels spouts
- water, water & more water!
What Feels Great:
Everything – whooo hooo!
Nothing – yay!