I haven’t talked about my exercise routine in a while, mostly because it hasn’t changed, but I wanted to post what will probably be my last pregnancy exercise update… for this pregnancy at least ;-).
I’ll be full term in 4 days and yes, I’m still running. Well, my non-pregnant self would call it “jogging” or even “a warm-up,” but boy does it feel like running. I’m running at about a 10 minute/mile pace, sometimes a little slower. I try to go three miles every day. Most days I can, but some days I’m just too exhausted. On those days I’ll do run/walk intervals or use the elliptical or stationary bike for 30 to 40 minutes. My mom bought me this maternity support belt to wear and I really think it makes a big difference.
I also still lift weights 4-5 days a week. My split is: legs, back/biceps, chest/triceps, and shoulders. Some weeks I add an extra day of legs. My sessions are usually 45 minutes to an hour long and I do about 4-5 exercises per body part (3-4 sets per exercise consisting of 12-15 reps).
I’ve definitely noticed a pretty dramatic decrease in strength and energy levels in the past few weeks. All the books say that all the crazy hormones from the first trimester return during the third, but I think my exhaustion has a lot to do with the fact that I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in months. Most days I just really, really, really want to stay home and relax but I never ever give in. They say if you stop during your third trimester you don’t get the benefits of an easier delivery or quicker weight loss postpartum. My doctor gave me the okay to work out right up to delivery, so unless anything changes, that’s exactly what I’ll do!