The Bloat is REAL
Hormones & Cellulite
As far as exercise goes, there is not a ton you MUST modify the first trimester. However, the first trimester is NOT the time to start up a workout regime, but if you were active and working out before pregnant, you can basically keep doing it. That said, you do need to monitor your heart rate. Ask your doctor for heart rate numbers. My doctor said 150 and take breaks, but ask your own for his/her guidance on your suggested heart rate number. Now though I don’t have to modify based on rules, I modify because I am exhausted! I am freakishly tired but I don’t give up on working out I do what I can. People often think, “I can’t do exactly what I did before so I will stop.” DON’T STOP just do your best! My second trimester my energy is coming back and my weights go up and my stamina increases again.
-My sprints turn into speed-walking uphill
-My weights for squats, deadlifts, hip-thrusts, lunges etc. all decrease. I simply am just to tired to lift as much
-My pull up reps went down after week 7. I was doing 4 sets of 6,5,5,4 strict pull ups by week 8, I couldn’t even do 3 in a row! At this point I am still not trying to start them back up with the extra energy in trimester two because they irritate Diastsis Recti as well.
-I stop doing HIIT workouts because I simply do not have the energy for them
I already do mainly DR safe exercises. Almost all ab exercises can be done while pregnant because you are not putting pressure on the center of your core. HOWEVER, I still do some non DR moves to improve DR status like planks, push-ups and pull-ups. I cut these moves out as soon as I feel I am not engaging my core correctly. My first pregnancy I didn’t know to cut them so I didn’t and got Diastsis Recti. My second pregnancy I healed it, but cut them out again around week 15. This pregnancy I cut them out around week 9. All due to my stomach poking sooner and losing control of it. I still do oblique work like side bends and side planks (Both DR safe) but cut the rest out for typical abs. People are funny they think you need rectus abdominal (6 pack) work while pregnant. Why would you try to work a muscle thats being stretched out to the MAX and not in position the way it should be??? What you DO need is Transverse abominal breathing and pelvic floor work. That will help your core shrink back faster than any plank or crunch EVER WILL.
What I Do
I focus on low impact cardio: stair stepper, uphill speed-walking, kickboxing (those are my 3 favorite) biking, swimming etc. I work hard to do 30-40 min 3-5 days a week. if you hit 20 thats win too! Take breaks as needed but I do my best to still work hard while watching my heart rate.
I also don’t give up on strength training. I know for my lower body the amount of weight I can do decreases as I mentioned, but I do my best to stay with a routine. 2-3 days a week I will lift my legs first and then do a little less cardio or no cardio at all. The activity you do first during a workout reaps more benefits and I don’t want my legs to be tired from cardio I want them fresh. SO LEG DAY ALWAYS BEFORE CARDIO. I do 5-8 lifts for my legs super set into 3-4 sets.
On days I do upper body I normally pair cardio after or before because I don’t feel like doing the stair-stepper first will hurt my ability to do a bicep curl 🙂 I super set for two muscles in everything upper body during upper body work. For example I will do Back and Shoulders and super set 2 moves that focus on these 2 body parts. You can also do push and pull days. See below for an example of a super set for a back and shoulder day
Back exercise 1
Shoulder Exercise 1
Repeat 3-4 times
Back exercise 2
Shoulder Exercise 2
Repeat 3-4 times
Back exercise 3
Shoulder Exercise 3
Repeat 3-4 times
I don’t track macros my first trimester. I intuitively eat. If you want to track macros the first trimester you totally can, but you don’t need any more calories to help the baby grow. Where tracking get’s hard is I know that carbs help me from getting nauseous, so I do increase them a bit but am aware of lowering my fat intake to compensate since you don’t need extra calories the first trimester. So if you want to track and know you need carbs to help with nauseas then increase your carbs and decrease your fat so your calories stay similar and DON’T try to cut. If you are on cutting macros (a deficient of what you need) you will not survive. You are making a baby and you need maintenance macros not cutting! I don’t force myself into a box with macros during this trimester because I am use to them and feel I can do intuitive eating with macros awareness VERY much in mind and do ok without going crazy. You don’t need a meal plan. I can tell you exactly what I eat but everyone is different and this is not the time to copy what someone else does. This is the time to LISTEN to your body. What does it need? Choose as many whole foods as possible but just do your best. Here is a list of foods broken down by macros to help you with choices
I still drink protein shakes. I am picky about my shakes and use all natural, GMO free, ultra filtered cold press protein. When it is made this way it’s the best quality protein and a label will say it! I use MRM Nutrition (40 % off with code delishfit). When I am not pregnant I SWEAR by a BCAA and when I go off it I feel like I lose definition really quickly actually. They help you protect your muscle from being used as energy from a workout which makes the body use fat instead! While pregnant I stop taking a BCAA. I have found ZERO studies saying it is good or bad. I have looked everywhere. I asked 3 doctors and there is no info. BCAA’s naturally occur in our bodies so they aren’t fake but a supplement helps it elevate A LOT. There are other natural things that in normal levels are fine but in high levels could be toxic for a fetus. I simply don’t take it because if there is no research I don’t want to risk it. That is my personal choice. It could be totally fine but I NEVER want to look back and wonder. You can decide for yourself. There is no set rule on that. i just err on the side of caution.