3rd Trimester and Working Out

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a fitness expert, this is just my experience.  Every pregnancy is different so please check with your doctor first.  I always was honest with my doctor and told her everything I was doing fitness wise during my pregnancy.

Running

So I entered my third trimester right at the beginning of January 2015. I had a full marathon on the 18th, the Houston Marathon.  I double checked with my doctor that I was still good to go.

I knew I was getting slower the bigger I got so I was not expecting anything but finishing.  One of my friends ran with me until like mile 18 because her training was off too due to a nasty flu virus a few weeks beforehand.  At mile 18, I told her to leave me because I was going to walk.  I developed some nasty Charlie Horses in my calves and running was out of the question.  It was also getting pretty warm.  I drank at every water stop and drank plenty of Gatorade too.  I also had food on me.  I finished with plenty of time.  The spectators were great and encouraging. My friends were also awesome for waiting for me to get to certain places.  It was a great experience.

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This picture is mile 9 and I am 30ish weeks.

I kept running my whole pregnancy but after marathon, I backed down in mileage.  I ended up doing 2 more 5ks and then just short runs.  I also stopped running with my friends because I couldn’t keep up.

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This picture is at about 38ish weeks. I ran until 2 days before I gave birth. I found just listening to your body, having plenty of water/nutrition and walking when needed really helped.  Once I got super pregnant like the above photo, I would run only when my husband ran and he would know my whole route in case of emergency.  I also only ran in crowded areas. After my run, I would make sure to rest my feet.

Other workouts: 

I had to stop doing yoga in my 3rd trimester not because of my doctor but because it was too uncomfortable for me. Even my favorite poses were uncomfortable so I decided to stop.

I did Crossfit until 5 days before I gave birth.  By the end of my pregnancy, most things were modified.  I really miss pregnant burpees.  I would not even attempt to hang on the rope so I would lie on the ground and climb the rope with my feet planted and just raise my upper body.  I also had to go up in a band for dips and pull-ups because my body was just heavier for me to lift.  Overhead Squats were done with basically no weight because of balance issues.  I also stopped doing ab work for the most part. If we had a partner workout, I would only partner with my husband so that I wouldn’t ruin anyones workout.

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This picture was taken at like 35 weeks so you can tell I still liked to have fun.  I use to be a gymnast so I like doing things like this.  I really listened to my body and slowed down and lowered my weight selection.  I also would not do anything that I was not comfortable with.  My coaches understood.

 

All in all, I am glad I worked out my whole pregnancy.  It was easier for me to get back to working out after baby.  Some people say you recover quicker but since this was my first pregnancy, I do not have any prior experience with that.  Working out also gave me a place to keep my mind off of my anxieties. I slept better at night and felt great in the day. If I ever have another child, I plan on working out the whole pregnancy again as long as my doctor says I can.

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2nd Trimester and Working Out

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness expert nor am I a doctor.  This is just my experience with my pregnancy.  I worked out 6-7 times a week before I became pregnant and did not try anything new during my pregnancy.

During my 2nd trimester, I felt really good.  I wasn’t nauseous anymore but I was starting to slowdown. By the end of it, I was doing a lot of modifications during Crossfit and sometimes at yoga.

I still made sure I was well hydrated and always had snacks on long runs. I never noticed having to use the restroom more while running because I am a teacher so I am use to holding it.

During my 2nd trimester, I ran a marathon and was still training for another.  I did speed work still but ended up stopping towards to end of the trimester because I didn’t find a point as I was getting slower.  I also was getting prenatal massages once a month to help with any soreness.  I did notice my Friday nights ended up with me resting on the couch more.

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Crossfit:

Please excuse my face, I do not make pretty faces when working out.  This photo is from when I was about 14ish weeks pregnant and I entered a charity Crossfit competition for fun.  Since it was for charity, it was not super serious.

For awhile, I did everything everyone else was doing.  However, I decided not to move up on weights and always stayed where I was before I was pregnant.  By the end of my 2nd trimester, I went down on some weights like Deadlifts and Overhead Squats.  I also used stronger bands for pull-ups.

Once my belly was out, I started doing “Pregnant Burpees” meaning I just jumped back to a plank and jumped back up.  For push-ups, I would put my hands on a box and do them that way.  I also did not do Box Jumps.  I would just do Step-Ups.

Somethings took me longer than usual because depending on the day, I might take awhile to get off the ground.  One website I would look at for advice was Crossfit Mom which looks like it is not a website anymore.

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Running:

In the above picture, I am about 24ish weeks pregnant.  This to date is my slowest marathon. You can see I also fell during this marathon but luckily I just landed on my knees and hands.  They say you lose balance while pregnant but this was me listening to other people’s conversations and tripping on the one and only root. I was fine, nothing big.

Reason it was my slowest?  It was December and in the 70s.  The race also ran out of water which means I ran out of water.  Yes, I was carrying my own as trail races only have water every couple of miles but when I got to mile 12 and was empty, so was the race.  I didn’t get water again to mile 23 so I walked. That is why it was my slowest race.  I decided to be smart and just walk.

Enough about the bad race, let’s talk about running while pregnant.  I was starting to run slower during this trimester but not enough to make a huge difference.  For example, I ran a 5K about 2 weeks before this picture was taken and my 5K time was only about 2 minutes slower than usual. Really no big deal as my time could be 2 minutes slower on any given day.

I was running on the roads and on trails.  I also always made sure someone knew where I was.  My marathon long runs were with a running group.  If I was running by myself, I made sure my husband was home as he knows my neighborhood route.

I never ran with a pregnancy belt.  I would cramp up on my sides and I could tell where the baby was laying but I never felt like my belly was moving too much.  Maybe I just got use to it since I ran 4 times a week.  I never wore pregnancy running clothes either.  All my running clothes have really good stretch (and they did not stretch out as I still where them). For the most part, I felt pretty okay while running. As the weeks went on, I would put on compression socks when I finished a long run just to help with blood flow.

The biggest thing was I stopped doing track as I only had one speed now.  For me, it was better to just go on an easy run then try to push myself running 12 400s.

Yoga:

I do not have pictures of my doing yoga but I did start modifying some moves.  For example, cobras were a no go. As my bump got bigger, it would get in the way a lot during some moves.  For example, pigeon.  I couldn’t rest on the ground because my bump would not allow me.  I just worked with what I could and just tried to enjoy the stretches and the quiet.

Working Out in General:

My biggest piece of advice is only do what you are comfortable with and always listen to your body.  That should be advice for everyone, no matter what.

1st Trimester and Working Out

Before I start, I am not a doctor in any way, shape or form.  I am just writing about my experiences.

I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of August 2014.  I had a feeling I was pregnant because I went on an easy 3 mile run and I had to stop at 2.75 to dry-heave.  If I was going at a full-out sprint then I can see that but not for a relaxed easy run. I had run a half marathon the week before and felt fine.

Too be honest, I did not change my workout regime.  There was like a two-week period where I got nauseous while running but it went away pretty fast.  I worked out a lot before I became pregnant so my doctor was not concerned if I kept up my routine, as long as I did not add new things to the mix. I was also about to start marathon training which she was fine with because I would be running my 9th and 10th marathon.

My workout routine at that time was running 2 easy runs during the week, 1 track workout and 1 long run.  I also would do yoga once a week and crossfit a couple of times a week. I also did quick 12 minute HIIT workouts in the morning to wake-up.  I continued doing all that and did not need to scale anything that I had been doing.  I could still lie on my stomach (which is good because I am a tummy sleeper) so I could still do burpees and planks. I also had told my coaches I was pregnant so if they saw that I was taking a break then they knew why. I also drank plenty of water to keep myself hydrated. I think the biggest thing I changed was I carried a snack with me on shorter runs.  I normally do not eat while I run unless I am doing like 18+ miles but I was carrying food for even 6 miles just in case I got nauseous.  I did have morning sickness the first trimester but if I drank juice and ate Cheez-Its before I got out of bed then I was fine. I also normally only got sick on Tuesday nights which is weird.

I was very honest with my doctor upfront about my workouts and what my goal was and she was very supportive.  I also have a great group of friends who are supportive too. My husband also supported this routine. People could not tell I was pregnant from my workouts but could tell by not enjoying a beer after a really hot run.

If I ever have another kid, I plan on the same routine as long as my doctor okay it first.