I know quite a few girls who during their first pregnancy just “let themselves go” (their words, not mine!) as far as eating whatever they wanted, and dropping exercise all together. You may know some of these girls too – Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian.
Before anyone burns me at the stake here, I think we can all agree that being healthy during pregnancy is more important than vanity. “Eating whatever you want” can look fine on some pregnant women, or bring you to gestational diabetes for others. The only reason I pick these two women is they are my height (“5’1″ and 5’3”) and pretty much my body type. I have worked so hard over the past year to lose weight before getting pregnant, that I know how easy it is for my metabolism to come to a complete stop, and the weight pile back on. I wanted to know what I could potentially look like if I didn’t eat right or work out…so I looked it up.
Kim (one blog writer named her ‘Shamu’ after that picture, isn’t that terrible!) gained 50 pounds while pregnant, and Jessica Simpson reportedly put on 70 herself. I keep this picture on my phone and tell myself “I will not wear a moo moo” in the next 6 months. Will I be that pregnant lady who is skinny everywhere but her belly? Hell no, but I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna try my hardest to be consistent with my weightlifting/cardio, and continue eating well.
This is my last week of 1st trimester, and I will say this: I don’t blame any woman who eats whatever she can eat during pregnancy, or who drops exercise. Nobody is kidding when they say it’s the worst trimester. Weeks 6-9 were the worst weeks of my life. I couldn’t stand the sight/smell/thought of meat, and I was extremely nauseated from 6am to 1pm. All I could manage to eat was all the fruit I wanted – mandarin oranges, raspberries, grapes, pineapple and apples. When you go from a strict high-protein diet to just fruit, you lose some muscle mass and gain a bit of fat.
My energy was so low, I was exhausted just trying to sit at my desk at work all day. I think I managed to workout 1-2 times each week. And those two workouts were the hardest workouts of my life. It wasn’t till about week 10 that I noticed a huge bounce-back in my energy and alleviation of nausea.
Now I am back to the gym 5 days a week, eating better for protein, but not perfect. I’m lucky right now if I hit 140g per day, a significant shortage from 190g a day previous to pregnancy. I’m tracking everything, and it seems I bounce between 1800-2100 calories a day, which is about right for me since I was eating about 1700 when maintaining my fitness. I don’t weigh myself because I don’t want to be obsessive about my weight and let it depress me.
So now that I am not being motivated to lose weight, how have I changed my goals at the gym? Well I just boil it down to two things:
1) Am I getting stronger?
2) Did I work my ass off today?
BTW I got those new Underarmour workout shoes yesterday…had to say goodbye to my old faithful new balance runners 🙂