My Darling Daughter writes a blog about motherhood. Her latest blog talks about how she has exercised and eaten during her pregnancy. I thought you might enjoy it. As you know, if you have followed my blog through the years, DD is a Type A. Her 3-year old son BC is also Type A. Her husband is Type O. DD has followed the BTD since I she was in middle school.
I am thirty weeks pregnant! With only ten more weeks (give or take) left of this pregnancy, the most common question I am asked is “How are you feeling?” The short answer: Fantastic!
With my first pregnancy, I only did not feel fantastic for the first trimester. Once I got past those first few weeks, I felt great. This pregnancy, although different in some ways, has been very similar as far as how I am feeling. By the start of the second trimester, I was feeling good. And now, a few weeks into my third trimester, I truly am feeling fantastic.
I have continued to work out consistently throughout my pregnancy, which helps a lot with aches, pains, and other discomforts. Although during the first trimester, when I was not feeling quite as good, I had to modify a lot, not workout as long, and realize that some days, the only workout my body was going to handle was walking to the kitchen and tackling the dishes.
When my family visited Alaska at the beginning of the second trimester, I was right there with them hiking trails marked “strenuous” with 1,500 feet in elevation—and it was marvelous! The scenery was breathtaking (literally). I was careful, but just because I was pregnant, there was no need for me to stay at the hotel and not enjoy the amazing scenery God created.
At home, I work out forty-five minutes a day. I do not run; I do not do any exercise that puts too much strain on my abdomen. But I am doing the same exercise videos that I use when I am not pregnant. I do modify or change some of the exercises, especially as my little man continues to grow.
As far as my diet, I am eating like I usually do. I eat vegetables, lean proteins, veggie proteins, fruits, and whole grains. My husband has made some serious changes to his diet and exercise routine during my pregnancy (and I am so proud of him, the weight he has lost, and the muscle he is building!). This has put my family on an even more healthy diet. We are encouraging each other to eat nutritious food, exercise daily, and take care of the bodies that God has given us.
God commands us to take care of our bodies. As a pregnant wife and mother, I have four bodies to look after. What I cook at home affects my husband and BC. What I eat affects me and the Precious Baby in my womb. When I exercise, I am strengthening my body, PB’s body, and preparing both of us for childbirth. When BC sees me and his Daddy working out, he is encouraged to be physically active too.
According to most pregnancy websites, at week thirty, I am supposed to be suffering from heartburn, swelling, general discomfort, shortness of breath, and trouble sleeping. I am happy to report, that minus two times of mild swelling (which went away quickly), I am not experiencing any of these pregnancy woes.
So how am I feeling? I am feeling fantastic!