" I Didn’t Know You Could Run While You Were Pregnant!"

** Thanks to those of you who commented on my post about circumcision! I’m letting my husband read them as well!**
I love to exercise. Okay Okay, I don’t love it like a die hard fan who wakes up at 5 am every morning and does a 2 mile run for a warm up  but for the most part, I do enjoy it and the time it gives me and the way it boost my mood and energy level. I think its extremely important in leading a healthy lifestyle even when you’re pregnant. For me, one of the hardest things about being pregnant is not being able to (or at least not doing it comfortably!) run.  Running is something I love to do ( I actually ran a half marathon when I was about 3 weeks pregnant and didn’t know it yet.. I found out the day after the race that I was- how crazy is that?!)  and I miss it so much! I can’t wait to start running again when my body will let me!
According to Fit Pregnancy– the top 5 best exercises for mom’s to be are:
1. Walking
2. Swimming 
3. Pilates
4. Weight Training
5. Yoga 
( I’m surprised that they put pilates and yoga in separate categories.) 
I can do weight training and walking but stretching on the other hand, is something I’m not to fond of.  It’s just so boring! I can’t do yoga/pilates either because I get bored and have trouble sitting still. 🙂 BUT, I’m trying to stretch more during this pregnancy for relaxation and flexibility purposes.  I’m so not flexible. 
Here are some stretches that I’ve been doing. (Or should be doing!)
Squats. I love squats ( okay, like) squats.  Squats are great for opening up your pelvic bone and if you have to hold this position in labor long, you’ll want to have strong legs! My doctor is a huge advocate for squats. 
Tailor Sitting, or more commonly called ” the butterfly” is suppose to be a great exercise that strengthens and stretches your lower back, (although honestly, I do this and my back still hurts…) thighs and pelvis. It improves circulation to the legs and eases labor, especially during the second stage. 

                                  
photo: www. naturalfamilyonline.com 


I do this along with other leg stretches while I watch TV…. it’s not as boring or painful that way. 

And then there are kegal exercises- probably the one we hear of the most when you hear 
“exercises and pregnancy” in the same sentence. I’ll admit that I don’t do these… hardly at all. I don’t know why, I have no good excuse! You can do these anywhere without any ” equipment” and without anyone knowing…. but I still for some reason always forget or just plain don’t do it. I guess I’m hoping all the squats will make up for it!?
I’ve never gave birth so I don’t have any experience with this and I’m also not a doctor so I don’t claim to know a lot about this, however I do believe that being healthy and exercising during pregnancy makes for an easier birth and easier recovery in some women. Of course each pregnancy is different as is each women. But what do I know?! I guess I’ll find out soon enough won’t I?  
What about you? Did you exercise during pregnancy?  What were your favorite exercises? Did you feel like it affected you positively or negatively in preparation for birth and  in your mood and energy levels? If you didn’t, do you wish you would have? Also, if you swam during your pregnancy I’d love to hear if you liked it or not!? ( Maybe that would motivate me to try it?! because really, I want to, I’m just too chicken!) 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

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