Before I found out I was pregnant I decided I wanted to have a fit pregnancy. I was all gung ho on being the fittest mama out there - no matter what! Haha andddd then I actually got pregnant. Talk about a wake up call!! (I need a good slap in the face sometimes though, so it was cool).
Exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks, almost immediately after getting pregnant. I wasn't just tired, I felt physically spent about an hour after waking up. I felt like I had ran a marathon, and then completed an ironman. So after a day of "running marathons", exercising was the LAST thing I wanted to do.
I had to dig deep. I mean like, reeeeally deep to find a sliver of motivation to workout. Man, it's hard! But these are some things that got my booty up and moving:
HAVE SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE
My main accountability partner is my husband, Jordan. I tell him when I plan to exercise and what I plan to do, because I know he'll ask about it later! We decide on days we want to go to the gym, and then we make it happen. If it were just up to me, I'd use "I feel awwwwful" as an excuse not to go. I also taught (and still teach) spin classes 2x a week. Knowing I have a class of people waiting to get their sweat on FORCES me to show up! If you're not teaching a class, I recommend grabbing a buddy and deciding on classes you plan to take together. That way you have someone else to make you show up!
USE THE "10 MIN" TRICK
I'm embarrassed to say how often I've used this trick during pregnancy (and when I wasn't pregnant), ha but it works!! The hardest part of working out is that first step. I have my clients use this tactic as well and we all swear by it! I tell myself, "I'll just walk for 10 minutes - that's it". This just gets me started. Once I begin, I actually enjoy it and want to do more! I never end up just walking for 10 minutes. Even if I did, it's better than nothing! It's all a mind game!
SET WEEKLY GOALS
When I first found out I was pregnant, I set a goal of doing something active 5x a week. From there, I set goals week-to-week depending on how my body is feeling. The weeks I had really bad morning sickness, I set a goal to walk 5x. During my second trimester, I was able to get back to my regular workout routine. Now, in the third trimester, i adjust my goals based on lower back pain, exhaustion, nausea (again, booooo), etc. I write it down and have it up at my desk at work!
PLAN FOR IT
If I don't make time for exercise, it'll probably (most definitely) never happen. Especially with exhaustion/nausea. It's easy to put it off or to say "I'll do it later", but soon there's no more "later" left and the day is gone! I plan out exactly WHEN I'm going got exercise each day. Sometimes it suits me better to workout before work, other days it's better at work, and sometimes it's at night. It's hard to make an excuse when it's been planned into my schedule!
REMEMBER THE BENEFITS
The human body is beyond incredible. It is constantly working to keep us alive, and it deserves to be taken care of! Especially during pregnancy!! These little babies are COMPLETELY relying on us for everything. It is so critical to move our bodies and not gain any unwanted weight (there's a big difference between the necessary weight gain and unwanted weight gain). Our bodies need all the help they can get while they're creating this tiny human and exercise gives provides energy, and keeps us strong, fit, and healthy!
Honestly, it's been a lot harder to have a "fit" pregnancy than I originally thought. Even as a personal trainer, health coach, and fitness instructor where it's my JOB ha, I've found this REALLY, REALLY challenging. I've had to push myself to the max to get up and move...but it's SO worth it! There's no better feeling than knowing I've done something good for not only my body, but for my developing baby.