Before I got pregnant with my first child, I wanted to lose weight. I was determined that I wouldn’t be a mom that didn’t lose her baby weight. It took almost a year to get pregnant with D, and I hadn’t really lost any of the weight I wanted to, and started to blame the fact I was a little bigger than I had wanted, on the fact that I wasn’t getting pregnant. I started my first pregnancy at 183 lbs (I’m 5’7”), and ended up delivering at 206 lbs. I was horrified when the scale broke 200 lbs, and knew I had a long road ahead of me after I delivered. At my 6-week follow up, I was down to 194 lbs, and was a little distraught that after having an almost 9 lb baby, I hadn’t lost more in fluid (I’m sure that was wishful thinking).
I started with a DietBet and changed my diet. I really wanted to start working out, but from breastfeeding and my chest size at the time, it hurt to run. I slowly started doing workout videos and walking/jogging, until my milk stabilized, and I could finally start running. It became my mommy outlet and to this day, I love to run!
I felt great and was the lightest I had been since before I got married. Much to our surprise, Baby #2 is on their way, and I truly believe it happened much quicker, partly to being healthier. I started this pregnancy at 149 lbs and have had high hopes to run this entire pregnancy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could plan everything that happens in our lives?
I started out great…for 2 weeks. I ended up on light duty and modified bed rest after developing a subchorionic hemorrhage at almost 6 weeks. I was grateful my baby was okay, but was devastated as I had a half marathon to run at 10 weeks pregnant, and it was obviously out of the question. My OB approved me to start running again at 12 weeks, and I slowly started to build up running again. Now at 20 weeks, I am walking/jogging, but have had to take it easy for a few days at a time, and remind myself to not overdo it!
Since it seems like my goal of running until week 40 may not happen, I have also been mixing in some prenatal yoga, dancing with my 20 month-old, and using some prenatal workout videos to keep myself in shape. Drinking a Chocolate Mommi protein shake helps to keep me hydrated and get my extra protein needs in for the day! My favorite is Chocolate Mommi 3-1 with milk and a banana, or a Banana Cream Pie Shake with Chocolate Protein instead of the vanilla . It’s also a great boost for the rest of my day.
I was also so excited to find the BEST maternity workout clothing, For Two Fitness. They have the most comfortable and BEST fitting clothing for my growing belly. Their clothes are perfect from anything from yoga to running, or even just to wear around town!
They keep me cool in the Texas heat, and they NEVER ride up or slide down. I ordered a tank and capris, and my husband laughed as less than a week after my first shipment arrived, my second one was sitting on the porch when he arrived home from work. Their Racerback style tanks are my favorite, and their Micro-Plush Fitness Capris are now my go to pants, even when just lounging at home. They have graciously offered a SPECIAL CODE just for Mommi Mamas! Use the code MOMMI at fortwofitness.com on all your purchases and get 20% OFF! The code will be good until August 2nd, and if you’re like me, you will have MULTIPLE orders!! Also, use the code FITMOMMI at mommi.com on all our products (ESPECIALLY THE CHOCOLATE!)! Stay tuned for our Prenatal Fitness Giveaway this month where we will be giving away some awesome products, including Mommi and a For Two Fitness Tank!
What is your go-to Prenatal workout? I will be looking for some great ideas in the next 20 weeks!