a little help from my (blog) friends

Completely dramatic, obnoxious post below. You’ve been warned. So, last week was tough. I headed out to run (“jog”) my usual route Monday night but…

Completely dramatic, obnoxious post below. You’ve been warned.

So, last week was tough. I headed out to run (“jog”) my usual route Monday night but could barely make it through the 1st mile. Everything hurt! Ugh-I got really frustrated and came home. The same thing happened Tuesday except after I came home my back kept hurting. This went on for most of the week. Note here that I have a very hard head, and it sometimes takes me a while to accept the obvious. After a week of back pain and little sleep I realized that it’s time to stop running until the bebe gets here. No big deal for most people. It’s part of the whole process, and you’re supposed to listen to your body-yadda, yadda, yadda. But I didn’t take it so well. In fact I kind of freaked out as visions of the 400lb pregnant girl I’m destined to become filled my head. Anderson thinks I’ve lost it. I even made him promise to whip me back into shape when the baby comes. He did…with a bizarre, frightened look in his eye.

A few days have passed, and I’ve realized some things:
1. Compared to most people, my pregnancy has been a breeze. I should be thankful I could run this long!
2. It’s not like I have to sit on the couch with Oprah and a bag of chips for the next few months. I can still walk and swim for exercise.
3. Lots of people have gone through this and can give me some pointers.

So that’s where you, my female blog friends, come in. I’m really wanting to try prenatal yoga on the days I don’t do cardio. Have any of you done it? What version? Did you like it? Do you have any other suggestions? How did you stay fit during pregnancy? HELP!!! Yes, I’m actually soliciting advice for once, so hit me with it. 🙂

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  1. Yoga overall is AMAZING and prenatal yoga would be very beneficial from what my yoga teacher has said! I say go for it!
    Don't worry, I'm sure every pregnant woman has worries about gaining a lot of weight, but like you said you don't have to sit on the couch all of the time but try to relax and enjoy this amazing journey also!!!

  2. awwww that is one of my BIG concerns if I am blessed enough to have another child- running is INTEGRAL for my overall well being .. I seriously feel yucky when I don't go so I 200% understand!!! Are you a part of a gym? Maybe try the elliptical which is a lot lower impact and actually provides a really good workout… that and biking.. which I remember seeing that cute little bike that you have! 🙂 Swimming is an awesome idea too! I am sure you will be fine! You are so beautiful regardless

  3. I don't have any experience with prenatal yoga so I'm afraid as far as that is concerned, I am no help. 🙂 When I was pregnant, I obsessed over how much weight I would gain, how fat I would be (and I was MUCH BIGGER than you are when I got pregnant). Looking back, I wish I had listened to all my friends who told me to cut it out. It stole the joy of just being pregnant. If I could change anything, it would be that I would not even think about the weight but enjoy the gift God gav

  4. …being able to carry my own child. You are beautiful…there could never be a more beautiful you. Stop worrying about it and enjoy the blessing of being pregnant. 🙂

  5. Yea Im pretty much sure I will look like a walrus when am pregnant…it scares me a lot! So i have no clue about the prenatal yoga but swimming is suposed to be awesome when preggo – plus you wont be all sweaty 🙂
    Good luck and keep us posted!

  6. for me, everything hurts. everything. except swimming, i am able to go for much longer, get the heartbeat going, stay active, and zero pain- during or after. plus, right now it is SO hot so that limits most other outside activities, and it's hard for me to get motivation at home when the soft couch is SO close haha. we dont have prenatal yoga classes near me that fits my work schedule, but i have heard great things about it.

  7. I loved pre-natal yoga! I had the Prenatal Yoga DVD by Shiva Rea. It's like an hour long, but it really stretches you out and makes you feel won-der-ful if you go all the way through it. It mostly focuses on your upper leg muscles. I found that what made me gain more weight was more the not saying no to that sixth piece of pizza rather than lack of excercise =)

  8. Don't listen to the people, even your doctor, who tell you it's okay to gain 35 lbs. No baby has EVER been born weighing 35 lbs.! I gained 21 lbs. with each of mine. One weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and the other 7 lbs. 10 oz. In a few days, I was back to my pre-pregnant weight and wearing my clothes (skirts with waistbands) at 12 days. Eat sensibly and walk for exercise.

  9. OK! You were beautiful and tiny as a baby. You were beautiful and tiny as a kid. You were beautiful and tiny as a teenager. You were beautiful and tiny as a newlywed. You are beautiful and tiny as a prego married woman. You will be beautiful and tiny as a post-prego married woman!!!! Any questions? I love you and I'm proud of you and what's-his-name.

  10. Well, coming from a Mom of 5, you WILL be just fine. You are doing great so far and there is absolutely no reason to think that you won't continue doing just as well. The guidelines are 25-35 lbs, more if you are underweight, less if you are overweight. They are there for a reason, but it isn't written in stone. I gained 27, 32, 25, and 35 with the twins. Within 2 weeks of the first, I was back to 115, but 6 weeks total to be back in my jeans. I am positive that you will be the same

  11. I bought a prenatal yoga DVD to do at home since my studio only had the class on Sundays & I worked most of them. The one I have is "Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga" through Gaiam. It breaks it down by trimester & is awesome. Then you can get "Power Yoga:Total Body w/ Rodney Yee" & "Power Yoga:Flexibility w/ Rodney Yee" also by Gaiam for after. I found all 3 on Amazon.

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