It was last fall on a working trip to New York City when I felt it for the first time . On the short walk from my hotel to the work meeting, where I was a few blocks away, the nausea of pregnancy came like a wave: that terrible, warm feeling that I would like to have met my neck and I felt dazed. I immediately figured out if I could count on the cash pile for the event, but I had come from Boston, so I decided to stop at Saltine and Ginger Ale in a pharmacy. About six weeks after my first pregnancy, I had never felt anything like it before, so I thought I would have been sick like every other time if I ate something to soothe my stomach, it would pass.
Event and a day of meetings in Manhattan were over, and I found myself on a train back to Boston, feeling the urge to get sick for the full four-hour ride. I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out that this first day of sudden nausea was just the beginning of a really tough first trimester.
This weekend I was almost in the hospital, which I was so dehydrated vomiting. In the next few weeks, I was pretty much banished to my 600-square-foot apartment. No matter what I did ̵
Before I found out that I was pregnant this fall, fitness was a big part of my life.
I usually trained for five to six days a day and had just run my first half marathon under two hours and my first marathon a few months earlier. I used to sweat regularly in indoor cycling classes and try new training courses all over the city. But soon I could hardly roll out of bed to meet my appointments for the day. Thinking about doing one of my typical workouts was unfathomable.
It was a big change that panicked me. Exercise helps me to stay calm and handle everything that happens in my life, and it's a big part of my social life. Also, I had no energy to work out, which made me even worse: I missed the burst of energy he gave me and how he boosted my mood. Without it, I felt pretty depressed.
I definitely had good and bad days during my first trimester, and on bad days, training was the farthest thing for me. I never thought to force myself to exercise when I felt unwell. Sometimes, on good days, I would try to make a short run as usual, but nothing felt normal. Everything felt. My breasts, which only reached a full cup size (if not more) after a few weeks, hurt and did not fit into my sports bras . I had shortness of breath much earlier than usual. One mile felt like 11th indoor cycling class? When I got there, I became reckless.
I quickly realized that if I wanted to stay active, I would have to accept that it would be different than I was used to. Here's the good news: With a bit of foresight and a few changes to my routine, I was able to keep moving during the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy. Not every day. And sometimes not as I would have liked. But I learned how it works, found a way to feel a little better, even when my energy level dropped, and learned a lot along the way . And yes, that also meant waiting for the training until I was really good enough to be active. Trying to exercise if you are constantly vomiting, fatigued tired and dehydrated is simply not recommended.
Remember, however, that every pregnancy is different. What works best for you can be completely different than what works for me. Despite the normal symptoms of the first trimester I had – yes, even bad nausea and – overwhelming fatigue is completely normal – my ob / gyn was acquitted on my first prenatal appointment to exercise. While Exercise During Pregnancy is usually safe and recommended it is important that you discuss it with your doctor before training and approve it for fitness.
All in all: What worked for me here:
I got it disgusting When I found out that I was pregnant, I told myself I would not stop to run . But after three attempts to jog in my neighborhood, which made me uncomfortable, discouraged and frustrated, I decided it was time to try something new.
I turned to a large yoga studio Coolidge Corner Yoga About a mile from my apartment. I went there if I could, and drove when I needed time. After each lesson, I felt I had solid training without running, which was rewarding. My body agreed with the slight movement and my mind appreciated the time to relax and disconnect from everything around me (and within me). I was looking forward to my weekly Wednesday afternoons – even one day my husband came to me.
I also started training a lot more at home.
While I own enough equipment to make a loose […] sparse home gym – some lighter weights, a yoga mat and resistance bands – I'm not a great athlete for the home. I prefer lessons in a room full of excited, determined energy and a coach who leads the way. But I decided that anything that made exercising more comfortable and convenient was worth a try.
After some research, I came across Obe Fitness and logged me in ($ 27 a month or $ 199 a year). , They offer live streaming classes from their NYC studio as well as on-demand classes. They also offer prenatal and postnatal courses in various formats, including strength and yoga. I found that some of their classes were on the lighter side compared to the strength work I was used to, but they were perfect on those days when I could really only handle smaller movement doses … ideally from my living room.
I have also completed many training sessions from Kayla Itsines who also happen to expect (they simply pull off their Instagram ) and Tone It Up plus a few others short strength training .
Since my favorite forms of cardio did not work out for me, I actually found that I had done more strength training during my first trimester than I would have likely had if I just stuck to my normal running routine. I noticed that my upper body was stronger, and I was able to soon do a push-up with much more power than before.
I learned to do much less and celebrate small profits.  If you're used to killing him in cycling, pushing your heart out or surpassing your fitness goal, it's really hard to learn how to push the breaks and get you started early and do less. But in my first trimester I resigned myself to letting go of my pride and listening to my body.
After all, on the days I really did not feel like doing a structured workout, trying to achieve my Activity Tracker step goal (as arbitrary as it may be) could be a huge challenge in itself Calling Himself (and Calling My Husband Who Just Walked Around Our Town Block One Night To get me from 9,000 to 10,000 paces so I could feel a sense of accomplishment.
During that time my treadmill told me something that got stuck with me: most likely I could do it Back to my peak fitness days after pregnancy, so during pregnancy I should try not to worry about the numbers / values / phrases / repetitions or It was very difficult at first, but when I started accepting that, I learned to be okay, wa s always felt good right now. Getting into a training class (even if I sat in the last row and did not even do the actual choreography) was a victory. And you know what? If I could no longer care what I thought or or or could be used to I appreciated the fact that the motion felt good at all  I have learned that I can find new ways to feel good, even if they are completely different from what I knew was good in the past, and even if it was not some kind of expected imaginary pregnancy training had set for me.
Best of all, the first trimester comes to an end. And even though my second trimester was still a long way from the honeymoon I heard about (who actually did that?), I could do even more. I even ran again. Last week, on a day that I felt really good, I actually made one of my regular bows: 6 miles around the river here in Boston. I moved much slower and while I was hesitant to even share it in my running app, I did it. Because I came out of it and did what feels good, and in the end that's something I can be proud of.