Hello there! Happy Friday! This was our first 5 day week since starting school and I am WIPED.
Tomorrow I hit 33 weeks, which seems oddly far along and also realized that now that it’s October, we’re having a baby next month. Whoa. Is it just me, or did this pregnancy fly by?! From what I’ve read, the baby is now almost at birth height, could weigh between 4-6 pounds, and will likely gain half a pound between now and birth! Which, of course, means that I’ll gain at least that much…
Now that I’m growing exponentially, I have had a visits from my old pal ED. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job keeping ED at bay, but once in awhile he stops by for a good ol’ pity party. Thoughts like, “I will never get back to my pre-pregnancy body?” or “I’ll never have time to workout.” or “I’m freaking huge” do pop into my head, and I’ve worked really hard to fight back. At the end of the day (or pregnancy), none of those things really matter. My priorities have shifted and really my main concern is being a good mom. Being a fit mom doesn’t mean I’m doing a good job. Losing all my baby weight doesn’t make me better than anyone else. What matters is that I’m present and caring for the baby and for myself. Is it easy to see past this big belly and into the future of waist lines and visible toes? No. So when ED shows up uninvited, I put my hands on my big baby belly and feel my little one wiggling around. I’m pretty sure this will all be worth it.
Anyway, my energy seems to be coming back in waves and I’ve been trying to take advantage of any awake time I’ve had. This week, Gloria and I went for a long walk, I hit the gym twice, and I plan to do an online prenatal yoga class this afternoon. I split my gym workouts into legs/back/chest, and arms/shoulders and think they went pretty well! If you’re feeling wild (or aren’t pregnant), you could probably squeeze these into one big workout.
Prenatal Legs, Chest, Back Workout
Complete each exercise for 3 rounds of 10-15 reps. Be sure to get a solid 30-90 seconds of rest between sets.
Warm up: 10 minute walk (3.5 mph 2.0 incline)
- Leg Press
- Kettlebell Straight Leg Deadlift
- Kettlebell swings
- Seated Chest Fly
- Seated Chest press (machine)
- Lat pull down (wide grip)
- Reverse grip lat pull down
Cool Down: 10 minute walk (3.0 mph 2.0 incline)
Arms and Shoulders Workout
Complete each exercise in the circuit for 10-12 reps before moving to the next exercise. Complete 3 rounds of each circuit.
Warm up: 10 minute walk (3.5 mph, 2.0 incline)
Circuit 1: Bicep Curls, Overhead tricep extension, Kettlebell upright row
Circuit 2: Cable hammer curl, Cable tricep pushdown, bent over reverse fly
Cool down: 10 minute walk (3.0 mph 2.0 incline)
Complete every workout with a gym selfie, obviously.
That’s pretty much it for me! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!