My body literally right before pregnancy! To be 100% honest, I had found total balance the year prior to getting pregnant. Coming off of a few years of competing in BB, the struggle to accept a body other than shredded to the seams can be a challenge. I ate what I wanted (still mostly clean food), exercised how I wanted, and didn’t obsess over anything. I felt free from constantly tracking macros in my head!
My general training regime:
20 min low intensity incline walking
3 rounds of 9 exercises 8-20 reps
I sat between 94-97lbs
Lower Body: Squats (all variations), lunges, 3 way lunge, ball leg curls, curtsy back lunge, glute bridges, TKEs, clam shells, single leg squat, RDL, Single RDLs, step ups.
Upper Body: DB press, Lateral raises, around the worlds, triceps rope ext, triceps dips, incline push ups (for preggo), lat pull downs, band row, BOR, incline chest press.
So what about during pregnancy!?
This isn’t everyone’s experience but I feel like I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy. The hardest thing I got hit with was fatigue. I had a little nausea in my first trimester and a little into my second but what really kicked my butt was being full blown exhausted! It was really hard for me to do anything other than work, eat, sleep, and repeat. Some days I would get up, eat a bowl of pasta (oh I craved SO many carbs) and go back to bed.
I feel like my body was telling me, ugh Chels, your body needs more fuel. You’re making a baby!! Even though they say your body only really needs about 300 more calories a day (again such a cookie cutter rule) I feel like my body truly needed more. Probably because I’m used to eating X amount of food and it probably wasn’t enough to help support growing a baby and feel energized.
First Trimester Training
On the days I felt more energized I would go to the gym and do my 20 minutes of low intensity cardio and sometimes that would be all that I did. Other times I would add a few exercises in there but for the most part this whole trimester wiped my body out.
It was hard seeing the scale go up and not be as active. It honestly gave me a little bit of anxiety to watch my body transform, especially because I craved a lot of foods I wasn’t used to eating (Pasta, pizza burgers, ect, general tsos) I only ate those things in moderation but they were still somewhat foreign to my body.