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Keeping Up With Exercise While Pregnant Is Hard!

exerciseWhen I was trying to conceive and fighting against infertility, I started a new eating and exercise routine that I believe helped in finally getting pregnant. I was working hard to up my metabolism — making sure I ate enough calories and had at least 5 meals a day. I also started exercising more — I was always an avid walker and would be out for at the very least 30 minutes walking 5 days a week. I increased that a few months ago to also add in another hour of exercise using kettle bells and an exercise bike.

I was in a great routine and found the perfect time to make sure I fit it in. I had an episode of Downton Abbey playing while I used the bike to keep my interest off the time I’ve been on and focused on the TV show and keeping my heart rate up. I kept to my strict exercise routine with my on the prize — getting pregnant.

I had full intentions to keep up the good momentum when I was pregnant. And I did for about 3 weeks until I was put on medication for an allergic reaction to my much-needed injections and had such bad nausea and vomiting, I was on the daily maximum dose of medication to help combat that. Top all that off with daily supplements of progesterone and already pregnant hormones surging through, there were days I was so tired I swear I could have been in a coma.

And my exercise took a backseat. I know that daily exercise is good for my health, the heath of my growing baby, can help combat excessive weight gain and could even increase my energy levels, but it’s so hard. I still have that same time carved out each day where I could exercise for the extra hour, but telling my body that it’s better for me to move than to sleep (which is what I really want to do), is not as easy as it sounds.

Hopefully, the fatigue will fade soon and my dedication will kick back up again in the second trimester, which is coming up quickly.

:: Have you been able to keep up with your exercise during pregnancy? ::

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