It’s hard to believe my first post on running while pregnant was only 5 weeks ago since so much has changed since then. Mainly:
Exercise has been happening in spurts for me. I’ll have several fantastic days followed by
a week a few super lazy ones. Recovery time isn’t as quick as usual and I find myself exhausted the day after a solid workout. One lifesaver I’ve found so far is a maternity support belt. It seemed a little silly to be using it so early on, but it makes a huge difference. I ordered the Gabriella brand and yes, it’s as undeniably attractive in person as it looks on here. My support belt brings all the boys to the yard.
Watching the clock tick slower and slower on the Garmin has been both humbling and challenging, but as people reminded me when I posted a complaint on Instagram via the photo below - speed is all relative. It’s also temporary. Now is not the time to be racking up major mileage and PRs, and I should just be grateful I’m able to get out there. Sooooo basically: Marie, quit yer bitchin’ and chill the eff out. Duly noted.
After the placenta previa diagnosis at my last ultrasound, I’ve been instructed to keep my exercise efforts to a minimum. My midwife’s exact words were, “I wouldn’t go running a marathon or anything”. Errrr, thanks? She cleared me to continue my current routine of elliptical and running, but asked that I keep the mileage low (around 3 miles is my max at the moment). As a result, I’m basically in maintenance mode. I’m eating like a horse lately, so I see these cardio sessions as an opportunity to clear room for the next baked good I’ll be devouring. 30 minutes on the treadmill? Hellooooo, cupcake.
On the bright side, I’m actually sticking with my arm weight routine and have even upgraded to the big girl weights…
if you consider 8 and 12 lb weights to be “big”. But seriously, I’m doing awesome at them. I can even pat myself on the back thanks to my new muscles.
On a final note, I simply must pass along a brilliant piece of maternity advice I stumbled across via this strange, small world of blogging. After spending a few weeks browsing $70 maternity running pants (I mean, are you kidding me?!), I googled “maternity running clothes” and an archived post from the only other person named Marie I’ve ever
met known stalked on the Internet was in the top results. Marie recommended buying the cheapest running shorts possible from Marshalls/TJ Maxx/etc and cutting the waistband out.
Uhhhhhh. Duh. Why didn’t I think of that?
I wasn’t sure they’d stay up once the elastic was cut, but apparently this seemingly innocent little bump is pretty effective as a belt. $7.99 for maternity clothes? Eat that, Motherhood Maternity.
Now that we’ve surpassed the half-way mark in this pregnancy (YAHOO!), I know it’s only going to be more challenging from here so I’m taking running on a case by case basis. If I get to the point where I feel like my hips/bladder/lower back/knees might actually explode, I’ll stop and stick with the elliptical for the rest of the time. Maybe I’ll even zen out, light some candles, and take pre-natal yoga (doubtful).
Ultimately, I’m praying the placenta previa doesn’t cause any further complications and I can continue my current routine right until delivery. Otherwise, I might be forced to consider the foods I’m eating and cut back. Sorry, but that’s just not happening. You can take away my long runs, but you’ll never take my ice cream sundaes.
I know, Mel….I know.