Before getting pregnant I knew that, if possible, I wanted to make sure I stayed as active as I could through out my pregnancy. I am 29 weeks and I am very happy to say that I have stayed very active throughout the past 7 months. I had no idea how I would handle pregnancy this time around since everyone is so different and every pregnancy is so different. I have noticed my energy levels drop dramatically and moving around has become more difficult with a big belly. I know that exercising isn't going to make me smaller, but it sure makes me feel better. For the first 28 weeks, I was making it a goal to walk 5 miles a day. I was usually hitting that goal 4-6x a week. I have been going with a group of ladies in my neighborhood to the high school track near my house which has made the time when I go much more enjoyable. I won't lie, I do miss my running life, but I know it will be back.
This past week I decided it was time to reduce my goal down to 4 miles a day. I am definitely feeling tired more frequently and I figured reducing my goal might help with that. I was trying to see how long I could go with that 5 mile goal, but listening to my body was more important. If you are interested in purchasing a fitbit, I highly recommend it! Since the day I bought it, I have used mine every single day. It keeps me very motivated to hit my goal and it's very fun to see how active I am each day.
I've been asked if my weight gain from pregnancy has been avoided from being so active. I stopped weighing myself around 20 weeks because I knew it was inevitable that I was going to gain weight. I didn't want to keep that from enjoying my pregnancy and not being a stress case over every time I step on the scale. I think I have gained around 20-25 lbs which I am completely okay with. I know once I have this baby, I will get back into my regular swing of things and I will work hard to get back to my previous weight.