As mentioned in “Why I stopped running during my pregnancy” I was not only ordered by my doctor not to exercise but was also sick for what seemed to be an eternity. Now that both these reasons are gone I’m really trying to get back in the saddle and at least preserve the minimal amount of fitness I still have by doing some kind of pregnancy workout. I don’t expect to make some big comeback or any progress in this area. But this does not mean I should just stop exercising entirely, does it?
While I was writing the before mentioned post, I decided right then and there that this hiatus of mine should come to an end. As soon as possible. So I kept my word.
I got both of my mats out of storage and also my 3-pound weights. Actually, they’re 1kg, so that’s more like 2,2 pounds. Then I realized I didn’t have a version of the workout on my computer and started looking for the original DVDs. The quality is catastrophic! I haven’t used a DVD in ages and the last time I did it was probably on our old teeny tiny TV where this was not as much of an issue. On this one, however, one would have to use quite some imagination to see Tracy’s face. But nevertheless, when I finally got all the things I needed together, it was time.
Tracy Anderson’s The pregnancy project
I did these workouts when I was pregnant with my first son religiously. The movements are tailored month by month based on the size of your belly, the way you’re most likely feeling and the thing the body needs most.
This, in the end, means the first trimester has a wider range of movement (since you’re probably not even showing yet) but is quite low impact because it’s just supposed to help with your sickness and nausea. But I wouldn’t know, would I? I didn’t have this problem during my first pregnancy and didn’t work out during my second.
Anyway, workouts for months 4 through 6 get more intense while decreasing the range with each month. They’re supposed to take advantage of the only time you’re probably both feeling good and small enough to do something substantial.
The last three months focus more on opening your hips and maintaining your fitness level while preparing for delivery.
While these workouts are hard they are not the most intense. Which is why one can easily forget to take care of things like hydrating and eating properly pre and post-workout. If you need a refresher, head over to my friends at Mass gain source. They have prepared a very comprehensive article on workout and post-workout mistakes that will help you whether you’re pregnant or not.
A note on equipment
These workouts require a mat and weights. Tracy does a lot of floor work and a lot of it is facing downward supporting yourself on your hands and knees. My wrists are extra fragile. They have been since I fell off a swing as a child and hit the ground with my palms. Which is why I prefer to use two mats for extra cushioning. Especially with the extra weight they need to carry. Your knees will be grateful as well.
In terms of weights, Tracy suggests 3-pound ones. Mine are just a little bit lighter but they’re still fine. However, this is not what I want to warn you about. There are a lot of moves where you’re required to put down your weights and support yourself on your palms. Having to actually let go of the weight is unnecessary and annoying but also having some relief on your wrists is great. In order to do so, I recommend a weight whose diameter on the sides is wide enough so that you can keep them in your hands, put them on the floor and support yourself on their edges while still holding them. Mine are not wide enough and I miss that but for unknown reasons, I refuse to just go and get another pair.
How am I feeling
Back to my workout.
It was A W E S O M E!
I was so afraid I wasn’t going to make it, but I did. Which makes me proud but also just made me feel good about the workout itself. I almost forgot how great it is to complete a workout, cool down and shower. I did skip some repetitions here and there, especially the arms part. But she always kicks my butt in the arms part so nothing new there. However, I didn’t have any problems with stamina and shortness of breath. The most important thing for me was to complete the whole workout and that was enough for me for day one.
But the feeling next day was even better! I decided I should go for alternate days for the time being and then maybe build it up. My preferred schedule is workouts Monday to Friday and rest or stretching during the weekend. I find this schedule easier to maintain mainly due to logistics. The work week is more consistent and we have our standard routines. This makes it easier for me to schedule workout time. On the weekends though we do tend to go on trips and visits so you never know how those days are going to end up.
All in all, it was quite a successful start. I hope I manage to turn this into a habit and keep it up as long as I can towards my due date.