The Pregnant Pilates Instructor – Month 2
An honest, unfiltered blog about a Pilates instructor’s journey to stay fit and healthy during her first pregnancy.
Month 2 (Weeks 9 – 12):
How I’m Feeling:
The initial anxiety and fear I felt in month 2 has diminished a great deal; although, I’m definitely counting the days until I reach the “safe zone” of 12 weeks. It seems in this 3rd month of pregnancy my anxiety has been replaced by two things: hunger & fatigue. Since I’m experiencing little to no nausea, my appetite has tripled that of my pre-pregnancy appetite. I’m finding it almost impossible to control cravings for sweets and carbs and feel very much like a bottomless pit. I’m all about gaining a healthy amount weight during my pregnancy, but I’m starting to worry about gaining too much too quickly. In addition to the increased appetite, the 1st trimester fatigue has set in. Now I finally understand what they mean when they say, “it’s a tired like you’ve never experienced before”. I feel pretty great in the morning as long as I keep moving, but once I sit down for lunch around 1 or 2pm, the idea of getting back up seems almost impossible. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to indulge in an afternoon nap when needed…such a foreign concept to me, as I never used to be able to nap – no matter how tired. A bonus of being so tired is that falling asleep at night (which used to be difficult for me) is no longer a problem. Overall, I feel pretty darn good and can’t complain – especially when I’ve seen so many of my friends miserable with morning sickness (night & day) throughout their entire 1st trimester.
My Fitness Routine:
Not much has changed with my fitness routine from month 2 to month 3. My body still feels pretty great; although I must admit finding the motivation to workout is much harder when I would rather be sleeping than heading to class! I’m still doing Pilates 3 times a week and cardio classes 2 or 3 times a week. As hard as it is to get my workouts in right now, it actually does help with the fatigue and I have more energy after I’ve worked out. In preparation for my 2nd trimester, I’ve started to limit forward flexion (i.e. abdominal curls) and added in more extension exercises to give myself the best chance of avoiding diastasis recti (separation of the abdominals) during my pregnancy. In my month 4 blog, I will include exercise do’s and don’ts to avoid diastasis recti during pregnancy.
What I’m Eating:
What am I not?! Month 3 has been all about trying to strike a balance between eating healthy, nutrient dense foods and fighting a losing battle with my intense sugar/carb cravings. When you’re pregnant, it’s not an option to eat that pint of ice cream and call it dinner. As delicious and calcium filled as ice cream is, it doesn’t provide the nutrients your baby needs during pregnancy. Unfortunately, that means I was often treating my baby to a healthy meal and then treating myself to an entire pint of ice cream. And since you only need about 300 extra calories per day during your 1st trimester, I knew something would have to give. I allowed myself to have a couple of weeks to indulge and then I got my act together. I still have something sweet to eat almost every day, but I try to limit myself to a single serving or, better yet, indulge in fruit or yogurt instead (but let’s be honest…it’s not the same). Beyond the sugar and junk food I’ve added into my diet during month 3, I’ve also tried to up my calcium game (1,200 to 1,400 mg per day are recommended during pregnancy). Here are a few of my calcium go to’s:
- organic whole milk Greek yogurt (plain is best, as it’s low sugar)
- whole fat grass milk (enjoy a glass alone or over cereal)
- organic orange juice enriched with Vitamin D & Calcium (I’m getting a little sick of plain water so I’ve started making ¼ OJ / ¾ water concoctions for some flavor and added nutrients)
What Feels Great:
Thankfully everything still feels pretty good so far!