|My 9th race of 2014. And yes, those are baby feet on my belly.|
I was blessed to run a fair amount during my first trimester. I was in the midst of NYC marathon training when I got pregnant (in September), and even found out I was pregnant the same day as Grete's half marathon. When people figure out the math of my pregnancy and realize that I was marathon training during the first (and worst) trimester they usually think I'm crazy. But honestly, running actually helped me feel somewhat normal. It helped boost my energy levels, and kept the nausea and vomiting at bay.
Despite the normalcy that I knew running gave me, there were days where I just didn't want to do it. So I didn't. It was difficult at first trying to find the balance of listening to my body while trying to remain active. I was not one of those women that breezed through the first trimester. I had nausea and vomiting every day well into my second trimester (it has finally subsided- thank God!) and as a result, I learned to back off and let my body rest on days when I just wanted to lie on the couch and go to bed at 8pm.
Since entering my second trimester however, I've been losing that running mojo. My last significant running session was in December, at 15 weeks pregnant, when I ran a 15K in Central Park. Now, I've been gravitating towards nonimpact cardio (i.e. spin classes) and yoga. And it's actually been great.
In general, I try to get in at least 3 workouts per week, but I don't worry about it if I don't. I've backed off on the intensity a lot in spin classes and have developed a love for prenatal yoga. I've attended spin classes at spin studios in the city (like Flywheel) or at my local gym. And I began attending 90 minute prenatal yoga classes on the weekends at Yoga Vida, a studio that I've loved for over a year now. These classes have been such a treat. The 90 minutes usually fly by, and it's a time where I can do something for myself and the baby. And while I still work up a sweat during class, I always walk out feeling more relaxed and connected to the little one growing inside me. When I want to do some yoga at home, I usually turn to yoga download for some good prenatal classes. I also made a return to barre classes last week, which was a lovely rude awakening. ;)
I'm hoping to continue this workout regimen well into my third trimester (which is only 2 weeks away. Yowza!). I enjoy the "me time," and am hoping that all the leg, hip, and core work will help me with labor. And hopefully these workouts will also help my muscles remember what to do when I return to more intense workouts and training (look out, marathon training 2016!).
Of course, what works for me won't work for everyone. The most important thing is to listen to your body and consult with your midwife or OB.