The Pregnant Pilates Instructor – Month 4

An honest, unfiltered blog about a Pilates instructor’s journey to stay fit and healthy during her first pregnancy. 

Month 4 (Weeks 18 – 21):

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling great!  I hate to admit it, but so far I feel like one of those annoying women that loves being pregnant.  Sure, I definitely have my complaints and MAJOR pregnancy meltdown moments, but so far the minor inconveniences are overshadowed by the fact that there is some REALLY cool stuff going on inside of my body!  (But maybe that’s just the 2nd trimester talking???)  This month has been packed full of excitement.  Those little flutters I started to feel around week 16 (that could’ve easily been mistaken for gas or muscles twitches) have turned into full blown baby kicks.  Around 19 weeks the movements became strong enough to be felt from the outside by placing a hand on my belly and by 20 weeks my hubby got to feel our baby girl move for the first time!  20 weeks also marked the highly anticipated anatomy scan.  The 20-week scan is an ultrasound in which the ultrasound tech scans the baby from head to toe, front to back to make sure all the major organs and skeletal structures look to be developing properly.  This is when we would have found out the baby’s sex had we not done the genetic testing. Thankfully baby girl checked out perfectly and we got the most adorable video footage of her sucking her thumb (looks like she’s going to take after her daddy in that department)!  Overall, it’s been a pretty exciting, fun month and I am feeling grateful that my pregnancy is going smoothly and the baby seems to be healthy.

My Fitness Routine:

Walking has become my best friend!  Now that the weather is nicer, I’m taking full advantage by going on long walks (4 to 6 miles, 4-5 times a week).  Walking has always been one of my favorite ways to stay in shape and now that running and other high impact exercises are becoming more uncomfortable, I’m discovering an even deeper appreciation for it.  Some days I’m faster than others, but I listen to my body and go at a pace that feels good for that day.  In addition to walking, I’m still working with one of Reforming Indy’s pre/postnatal Pilates specialist for an hour a week.  During these sessions my instructor gives me exercises that are helping me maintain my strength and improve my flexibility in a manner that is safe and appropriate for my 2nd trimester body.  When I’m feeling particularly good and energetic, I head to a Shred 415 class for a HIIT workout, which is about once a week. I am still modifying all high impact movements (running has become walking, jumping jacks have turned into taps, etc.) and listening to my body…and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated!

What I’m Eating:

My appetite has definitely leveled off this month.  I no longer feel ravenous and my appetite feels almost back to its pre-pregnancy level.  Pregnancy heartburn started to rear it’s ugly head around week 20 which makes it almost impossible to overeat, unless I want to be incredibly uncomfortable for the rest of the day (and night).  This means smaller meals have become key.  I’ve also started to experience some RLS (restless leg syndrome) at night, which makes falling asleep tricky.  I’ve read that RLS is a common pregnancy symptom, but can also be caused by iron deficiency (which is also common in pregnancy); therefore, I’ve also tried to add in more iron rich foods.  I should also mention that we are going through a full remodel of our main floor; therefore, I have been living without a kitchen, which can make healthy eating tricky. Here are a few of my go to’s during month 4:

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with organic almond butter (try to find the kind with no sugar added), 2 tbsps of chia seeds, and blueberries.

Midmorning snack: a handful (or two) of almonds

Lunch: Green Juice & Almond Butter Sandwich from Juice Bar

Dinner: A protein (usually some kind of lean red meat or fish) and vegetable with a healthy carb (whole grain, potatoes, etc).

Snack: Plain Greek Yogurt