I just hit my 23rd week of pregnancy. I have to say, this is probably the best part of the entire nine months. My energy and appetite have returned, and although my belly is growing (by the day it seems), I still feel pretty comfortable. I really have to attribute a lot of that to working out on a regular basis.
Right before I got pregnant, I started doing The Bar Method. Thankfully, The Bar Method offers prenatal classes, and the regular classes can also be modified. According to their website, The Bar Method “integrates the fat-burning format of interval training, the muscle-shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”
Even on days when I am tired, I have been pushing myself to go. In the end, I am so glad I did. I definitely feel better and am more energized. It has helped me to stay strong and fit, and my weight gain so far has been less than my first pregnancy. I also love all of the stretching we do; I think it has helped to ease the aches and pains of pregnancy.
Whatever you decide to do to stay active, you will definitely need some comfortable items of clothing to get you through the next nine months. I have a few favorites that can carry you through your entire pregnancy.
First are the Active Compression Pants by Old Navy. They have a wide waistband that will comfortably support and accommodate your belly ($34.94).
Like Johanna, I can’t say enough great things about Lululemon’s tank tops. Sure, they are a little bit pricey, but they are worth every dime. I have tops I wore during my first pregnancy, after, and now during my second pregnancy. They are long enough to cover your belly, they wash up extremely well and retain their shape. The new Hot ‘n Sweaty Tank is one of my favorites ($52).
One true maternity item you will need to invest in is an active wear jacket. After a few months, a normal jacket just won’t zip! I like the Full-Zip Active Jacket by Gap. It’s well priced and has good style and seam detail to keep it flattering ($59.95).
What exercise regimes have you used during pregnancy? Do you have any favorite workout clothes?