As I sat in the doctor’s office today for my 30 week appointment I could not help but think about just how different all 3 of my pregnancies have been. I have been at a very different stage of my health and fitness journey with all three of my pregnancies.
With Alena I was in the gym 5 days a week up until the week that she was born. My workout routine consisted of 30-40 minutes on the elliptical and then messing around on some of the machines from time to time, maybe getting brave enough to do some curls with the free weights. I thought I was eating healthy. You know, the low fat, fat free, light packaging, veggies from a can, and foods filled with artificial junk. But honestly it was also my first baby so I took advantage of the whole “eating for two” thing!! I felt good throughout my entire pregnancy with Alena, but losing the baby weight was a different story.
My pregnancy with Alivia was rough. I was miserably sick the first 13 weeks. Not to mention that this pregnancy followed a miscarriage, so I spent each day in fear that something was going to happen. Every little thing, I worried. I did not sleep well. I had awful back pain and leg pain. My legs and feet were swollen like crazy. And the heartburn was AWFUL!! By 30 weeks I was spending most nights in the recliner. Exercise…didn’t happen and hadn’t happened since Alena was born. Nutrition…I mostly ate whatever I wanted…cream of everything, Velveeta cheese, yogurt full of aspartame, chips, and more junk! At the end of my pregnancy I was introduced to clean eating and started educating myself. I was gradually making little changes with our meals and grocery list. After Alivia was born I jumped in to clean eating and exercise and started making my lifestyle change, which made losing the baby weight much easier.
Now, here I am 30 weeks pregnant with baby #3. I never would have dreamed that at this point during my pregnancy that I could possibly still feel this good! I am able to workout daily, my nutrition has been great with very minimal cravings. I say all this just to show you what a difference exercise and good nutrition can make during pregnancy. It is good for both you AND your baby.