Baby on Board
This topic will only be relevant to a select group of Betsylife readers – but for the past 4 months it’s been in the forefront of my mind, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned. Staying fit while pregnant was a real game changer for me. I have been forced to put my ultra-competitive spirit aside and focus on maintaining a safe environment for my baby.
Along with discussing your exercise plan with your doctor, the first step is learning to listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel right, stop. Now isn’t the time to push beyond your comfort zone. Additionally, I was advised against starting any new workout routines. Thankfully I started this journey while training for my third half-marathon for the year and was able to complete the 13.1 mile race while 17 weeks pregnant.
I realize the unlikelihood of already being in half-marathon shape. So instead of running double digit miles, incorporate 30-45 minutes of power walking, swimming, weight training, prenatal yoga, or Pilates into your day. Take advantage of the many benefits from exercising while pregnant: improved sleep and digestion, increased energy, lifted spirits, reduced stress, and quicker postpartum recovery. Furthermore, it’s called labor for a reason, and I plan to be as physically prepared as possible when welcoming our healthy baby into the world in January!
Go Val and a half! I’m so proud of my friend for completing her triple crown goal this year and I know she’s going to make a great mom. While not EVERYONE can run a 1/2 marathon while pregnant, take Val’s advice and get yourself as ready as possible for impending labor! Be sure to check back on Val’s pregnancy fitness progress each month to see how’s she’s doing.