Pregnancy Weight and Work Outs

Hi ladies!  I have such a love/hate relationship with today’s topic right now: pregnancy weight and working out during pregnancy.

Here is why I felt the need to put this into a post:  My weight is something that gives me massive anxiety when I am pregnant because I have so little control over it and it affects me in a big way.  I also have a hard time finding ways to exercise and incorporate workouts into at a time when they are much more physically challenging and my exhaustion is at its peak.  I fully understand if this of no interest to you and you don’t want to read on, but I have bottled it all up through three pregnancies now and I need to get it out for my own sanity.

First, let’s discuss weight.

I know that no two women are the same when it comes to pregnancy weight and bodies.   I have some friends who barely look pregnant for seven months of a pregnancy and others who have giant bellies and nothing else on their body changes.  I have friends who bounced back within weeks, and others who struggled for months or years.

I am someone who gains a lot of weight all over during pregnancy, particularly in my bottom half.  My legs and butt have doubled in size (not even exaggerating) and my arms and face are rapidly expanding as we speak.  Even my nose gets bigger.  MY NOSE.  I have also had multiple people tell me I look further along than I am, which always helps to hear (um, NO.)

I realize that this is a silly thing to get down on, but it definitely can bring me down.  I have a hard time looking in the mirror and getting dressed without being a little bummed out.  I know it is temporary, but it is not easy for me to get my body back and I get a little further away from where I was with each pregnancy.  For someone who is soothed and calmed by control, this is a little difficult.

Now, let’s talk about working out.

My mentality with my first pregnancy with Avery was to do an hour of cardio every day and eat whatever I wanted.  I worked out up until I went into labor with her, as in four hours before labor started.  I still gained a lot of weight, 55 pounds, and was very swollen.  I actually came home from the hospital with her weighing more than when I went in, but I think that was from the IV fluids.  I wasn’t able to nurse her, so I just worked out and dieted and was able to lose most of the weight, with 15ish pounds hanging around.  However, my body changed, so even though my weight was different my size wasn’t too different.

When I was pregnant with Greyson I felt like absolute death all nine months and couldn’t work out no matter how hard I tried.  I gained 65 pounds with him and nursed him for three months.  It took me about two years to get back to where I wanted to be after that.  It was definitely frustrating, especially as my stomach changed and I developed a lot of GI issues during that pregnancy that never went away.

I started at a much higher weight this time because of medication I was on for six months prior to getting pregnant.  I have been trying to make smarter food choices and maintain my workouts to help me feel better and to hopefully help with delivery and after birth.  I have gained much less so far this pregnancy, but because of where I started, I feel bigger than ever before.

When I am not pregnant, I love to workout.  I am a semi-reformed cardio junkie and have worked out since I was in high school for the vanity reasons, plus the health benefits and as a tool to fight anxiety.  I love all types of workouts from straight cardio to spin, weights, barre and hot yoga.

With this pregnancy, I was extremely queasy, tired and basically felt like I was getting the flu for the first 16 weeks.  I have managed to push myself to do at least four workouts a week, which I am really glad I have done.  In the first months, during and after my workouts were the times when I felt the best.  I do some light cardio, either walking with inclines and weights on the treadmill or hitting the elliptical for 30-45 minutes depending on the day.  I have also been doing a ton of Barre3, both in studio and at home.  I swear that Barre3 has helped with my back pain like nothing else and is helping me feel better and stronger than I ever have while pregnant.

What I Love

I picked up some hand weights (the purple and black things in the picture) that I can wear while I hit the treadmill. They are super dorky looking, but they get the job done (try these.)  On days when I can’t get in to take a class at my Barre3 studio, I do their online workouts (here) which are awesome and offered in different time lengths.  They add a new one every week so there is always something different to do.  I got my ball from their online store and use two pound weights (here.)  I also have a yoga block (here) that I like to use for more support or stretching after cardio.  I highly recommend picking one up, because it can help with so many things.  Just google “yoga block during pregnancy” and see all of the different things you can do with it!

Phew, major props to you if you got through this post.  I feel badly venting at all about any negative feelings and emotions during pregnancy because it’s such a blessing to be able to be pregnant, but I know that there are a lot of you out there who have amazing advice to give, and I want to be as transparent and honest as I can be with you ladies.

I would love to hear any advice, tips, suggestions you may have and hear your experiences!  -XO

 

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8 Comments

  1. Gotta love those people that feel the need to comment on weight during pregnancy 😉 I seriously think you look great though. I was terrible about working out (other than walking) while pregnant, but next time I’m hitting up all of the pregnancy yoga/swim classes I can find!

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      People have no problem saying what’s on their minds, for real!!

      Posted 4.25.17 Reply
  2. Ally WD wrote:

    Love you for sharing all this. It is really hard to let go of weight and allll the numbers while pregnant. It feels overwhelming and even like your body isn’t yours any more.
    Exercising is so important while pregnant and so hard! My biggest symptom in pregnancy was exhaustion! So forcing myself to just do something was key and I always felt better after.
    You look wonderful and I’m glad you feel so strong- that’s amazing! Your body is doing SO much and you are doing SO much. I hope you give yourself hourly pats on the back. Xoxo

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      Thank you Ally! Being exhausted is BRUTAL! You’re such a good inspiration for eating healthy and working out and getting back in shape!! Hot mama!! XOXOXO

      Posted 4.25.17 Reply
  3. Sending you all the *hugs* sweet friend, it doesn’t feel like that long ago I was struggling with my body image as well while pregnant and coming home all kinds of extra swollen from the IV fluids. You are a rockstar sticking with barre even when feeling like garbage. I swear by sticking to my barre workouts throughout my pregnancy, and the hardest thing was dragging myself to the studio during that yucky first trimester. But I always felt so much better after. You look amazing glowing momma, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts once your sweet baby girl is here <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 4.26.17 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      Thanks love, I’m glad I am not the only one! It definitely is a struggle and it’s so much harder when you’re normally active and then all of a sudden you feel like you physically can’t do things. It is NO JOKE!

      Posted 4.27.17 Reply
  4. Lindsay, you are a rockstar! I swear, my sentiments for pregnancy are the EXACT same. I gain weight all over, I swell, my face gets huge and my nose even gets bigger. haha. Brody will be 4 in June and I’m still working to try to get off 5 stingy pounds that never left. And then lets not even get into how squishy my whole body is after having my babies!! You look amazing. Pregnancy is hard. Post-pregnancy is hard. It may take some time, but you will feel like your old self before you know it 🙂 xoxo, Annie

    Posted 4.27.17 Reply
    • Lindsay Newton wrote:

      You are SO right, pregnancy and post-pregnancy are DAMN hard! So very worth it, but shew are they hard! Thanks for you understanding words ❤️

      Posted 4.27.17 Reply