Womanly instinct?

So I was on the treadmill at the gym today and one of the older local surfers that works there who always chit chats with me asked if we were going to get wasted at Bayfest this weekend. (Bayfest is an annual festival at the Marine Corps base where there are different events and shitty bands like Puddle of Mudd.)  I told him I couldn’t drink anymore because I’m pregnant and he said “no way!”  He explained that just this morning, the sweet local janitor lady that also works there told him she thought I was pregnant.  He said he told her he didn’t think so and was surprised to learn he would have to tell her he was wrong. I’m only 6 weeks or so, so it’s not like I’m showing. Maybe she noticed I replaced my morning Monster energy drink with water and have been running WAY slower than usual, but I’m starting to think there is such a thing as womanly instinct.

Speaking of running, figuring out what I can and can’t do in the gym has been a nightmare. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a gym rat, and it is sooo hard to tone down my workout. There is so much conflicting information out there about what exercises you can do and where your heart rate should be. I haven’t seen an actual doctor yet, but the neonatal nurse told me I can still run as long as I keep my heart rate under 140bpm. In order to do so, I have to run at like 5.5mph on the treadmill and take breaks every 5 minutes or so, which is ridiculously annoying to me. I feel like I can walk faster than I’m running. I’m used to running at about 7-8mph with faster sprints. I’ve read a lot of research online says that the heart rate limit doesn’t really apply anymore, and that if you ran before you got pregnant you should be able to continue to run as long as you can keep a conversation while you’re exercising. But then it says if you have had a miscarriage in the past you should avoid running. This is my first pregnancy, but that information stresses me out. If it isn’t safe for people who have had a miscarriage why would it be safe for someone’s first pregnancy? Ughh… I can’t wait ’til I can meet my actual OB in a couple of weeks (July 27!) and see what he/she has to say. Until then, I’ll continue to lift (lighter) weights for an hour a day and jog/walk 3 miles at a snail’s pace…

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