The Pregnant Pilates Instructor – Month 5

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


How I’m Feeling:

Still can’t complain too much…although if you ask my hubby he might disagree!  It’s been another exciting month and, minus a few discomforts,I’m feeling pretty good.  Right around 22 weeks I finally started to develop a noticeable baby bump (as in you can actually tell there’s a baby in there and not just too much pizza!).  In fact, my husband and I took a babymoon to Hawaii around 23 weeks and I swear my tummy doubled while we were on the plane!  And speaking of Hawaii, it was while laying out by the pool that my husband and I got to SEE our baby move for the first time!  Crazy to look down at your bare belly and see it contorting and moving all by itself…something I’ll never forget!

My Fitness Routine:

Walking and Pilates continue to be my go-to’s and what feels best to my body right now.  In fact, I walked between 5 and 6 miles each day that we were in Hawaii and even hiked Diamond Head in Honolulu one day!  Although, I’ve definitely had to slow my speed down and be sure to drink lots of water before, during and after these long walks or hikes to avoid cramping. And even though it was hard to say goodbye to Hawaii, I was excited to get home and return to my Pilates practice.  Now that I’m over half way through the 2nd trimester, my body is definitely craving the stretching and mobility that Pilates offers in addition to strengthening. Stay tuned for my go to 2nd trimester exercises and stretches!

What I’m Eating:

I’m still trying to eat as much iron rich food as possible.  My RLS (restless leg syndrome) is still present and I’ve struggled most of my adult life with iron deficiency.  And pregnancy puts you at an event greater risk to develop anemia, as the baby is obviously sucking lots of nutrients from mama!  My doctor will test me for anemia (among other disorders) at my 28-week prenatal appointment, but until then I’m doing my best to keep my levels up by eating more dark leafy greens, lean red meat, iron enriched cereal and oatmeal.  We’re still without a kitchen, so eating healthy is proving to be a bit of challenge, but thank goodness for the refrigerator in our garage where I can keep some fruits, veggies, milk, etc. The prepared food section of Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme and Juice Bar Carmel have also been lifesavers!

What Feels Great:

Despite not sleeping that well right now, I still have quite a bit of energy and am thankful that I’ve been able to stay active.  Besides a few aches and pains (which I will go over below), my body feels pretty good and it’s hard to believe I’m a few short weeks from the 3rd trimester!

What Hurts:

A new symptom that developed around 22 weeks is cramping.  I’m talking getting ready to start my period cramps (apparently these are referred to as contractions when you are pregnant – who knew?).  I first noticed them when I was taking a long walk with a friend on the Monon Trail.  I also got them while we were walking the first couple of days in Hawaii. After doing a little online research (which can be a good thing and a bad thing), I read that cramping can be caused by dehydration.  I thought I was getting plenty of water; however, I had obviously underestimated how much you need during pregnancy, especially when you are active.  Sure enough, I started loading up on water while we were in Hawaii and didn’t have any more trouble!  Now whenever I get them, I find that they will subside if I drink water and/or lie down and rest – which the doc says is totally normal and no cause for concern!