The latest issue of Fit Pregnancy came in the mail yesterday and it confirmed what I have been researching for a while- the 140bpm heart rate limit is obsolete. I was always suspicious of it since it applied to women of all ages and fitness levels- totally didn’t make sense to me. Instead, I am supposed to measure my RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion). As long as I can comfortably maintain a conversation while performing my physical activity I’m not working too hard. And, of course, I have to chug lots of water and keep my body temperature low. So today I ditched my heart rate monitor and was able to get through my 3 mile jog fine, and I’ll probably nix the walking intervals permanently (or on the days I can handle it). Now I’m jogging at about 5.5mph, which is still EXTREMELY slow for me, but it is much more enjoyable now that I don’t have to check my heart rate every 30 seconds. The rule is “as long as you’re comfortable the baby is comfortable.” Well, at least according to literature.
As for the doctor’s opinion? Who knows. I don’t get to meet him/her for another three weeks! That’s right. I’ll be 10-12 weeks pregnant before I get to meet my OB (I don’t know for sure because I haven’t been dated). Apparently this is pretty normal unless you have a high risk pregnancy, but I think it’s pretty strange. I feel like I’m all alone in figuring out how to take care of myself for the first three months, which is supposed to be the most critical part of pregnancy. I thought I would at least be able to hear a little heartbeat by now. It stresses me out a bit, but I guess I’m just going to have to deal with it.
- 24/7 exhaustion. I’d be sleeping all day if I didn’t have a final next Monday and a paper due Tuesday.
- Nausea has been coming and going. I haven’t puked yet and I’m usually fine as long as I keep my belly full. Smelly stuff bothers me.
- Sore boobies, but I seem to have either gotten used to it or it has eased up a bit.