When we stopped seeing Boston IVF in September, I decided that if I couldn’t get pregnant, I was going to REALLY focus on health and feeling really great about my body since I felt like it had let me down. So that’s what I did. I started working out more at home and at the gym between workout DVDs, dancing, series of exercises my husband put together for me, and climbing/using the treadwall. I kept this up for about 5 or 6 weeks and I was feeling really great, and then I got really TIRED. Like, could hardly walk out of school in the afternoon without feeling like I needed to sit. I let this go on for about four or five weeks before I saw the doctor, and they came to the conclusion that I had a mono-like illness. Made sense to me! I had it in college and felt the same way I did then, so I just had to wait it out. It totally de-railed all the momentum I had for physical activity although I was still eating really healthy.
A few days later I took a pregnancy test at home on a whim because I was really getting annoyed with people asking me if I was pregnant, and I just needed to quiet the seed of doubt that was growing in the back of my mind. It was positive! We had tried for SO long to get pregnant and start a family that I was terrified of doing anything to mess it up. The exhaustion started to turn into extreme nausea all the time, and that really did not make me want to work out again. Well, in the past three or four weeks I’ve started to feel normal again! Normal enough that I started to crave physical activity. My doctor gave me the all-clear for continuing with working out, but I was still a little worried about doing something wrong, so I did a lot of research.
I realized today after completing a workout that now I’m going to be a mom. I’m no expert by any means but I can share some things that I find valuable along the way with other moms! That is a really exciting thought for me to add a new level to my blog. I don’t intend to flaunt it because I know how sensitive the topic can be to those who are trying for so long and having difficulties!
So that brings me to today’s post!
I recently bought two prenatal DVDs that can help me stay active, because the thought of labor is terrifying and I’ve read that exercise during pregnancy can help during labor. So, bring on the exercise!
- Shiva Rea’s Prenatal Yoga | I attend a live prenatal yoga class about once a week or every other week, but it’s expensive so I needed a home alternative. I LOVE yoga and wanted to continue my practice because it helps relieve a lot of the back pain that has come back since getting pregnant. This DVD is great because it was the ONE thing that helped alleviate the terrible pain I had in just one spot in my lower back. Nothing else was working. This DVD did it for me! You get a full yoga routine and there’s modifications for first, second, and third trimester ladies. I definitely recommend this one!
- Suzanne Bowen’s Long and Lean Prenatal Workout | I was worried that a lot of prenatal workouts were going to be “fluff” workouts without any real substance. I was doing intense (for me) workouts before I got sick, and I wanted to maintain that same sort of rigor, but obviously with consideration for this growing baby! This DVD is awesome. I got SO sweaty and actually works your arms, shoulders, legs, butt, abs, the whole shebang! But it’s done in a safe way that’s gentle but you definitely are getting a workout! I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase 🙂
If you’re an active momma and need something to do at home to keep yourself energized I strongly encourage you to check these two out!