Good morning! I had kind of a rough night last night, so I'm a little slow moving today. I don't know about you guys, but I hate it when the time changes! I seemed to wake up every hour throughout the night. It also doesn't help that it's SO hard for me to move and change positions when I'm laying and sitting down these days. I think that my comfort has definitely been the biggest challenge during my third trimester. I just keep getting bigger and bigger, and the extra weight is definitely challenging. I still workout, and I can handle that kind of movement fine, I think, but it's the regular movements throughout the day that are most challenging. Honestly, you should see me trying to get up from the couch or bed these days...ridiculous. It also doesn't help that I have started to swell up already! I swear, my ankles disappeared overnight this past weekend, and I don't think I'm going to be seeing them again until after I have Jack in another 4 or 5 weeks.
Anyway, thank you for listening to me whine! My husband gets it way more than you guys do, trust me! Haha. My whining does actually have some relevance to my blog post today, though, because if you are or have ever been pregnant, then you know how hard it can be to get and stay comfortable. I think what's especially hard about it is that you think you have it all figured out...you have the maternity clothes, the pillows and gear, and then you just grow even more, and you feel like you're starting all over again! I recently had to buy some new, larger workout clothing, when I really thought that I was going to be able to wear my old (pre-pregnancy) stuff all the way through my 9 months. I got all the way to about 30 weeks when my pants were just getting way too tight around my belly, even when wearing them low, and my shirts were all riding up mid-cardio session. Haha...not cute. At one point, I started tucking my shirt into my stretchy pants to keep from flashing people.
I was kind of frustrated that I had to go out and buy new stuff knowing that I was only going to be pregnant for another month or so. But I figured in the end, I would probably need the larger clothing for a while after I have the baby, as well, and I wasn't about to let my clothing keep me from working out. My advice? Buy your new workout clothes earlier than I did! They don't have to be super nice or expensive, but don't just assume that your old stuff is going to work for you if you plan on working out up until you deliver. Even if your stuff is looser or stretchy, you'll probably grow out of them, trust me! You think you know how big you'll get, but really...you have no idea, haha!
When you're exercising while pregnant, you really want to make sure that you're as comfortable as possible. You don't want your pants or your shoes being the reason why you don't want to go exercise. For that reason, I have rounded up some recommendations (many I have used myself, but others I have researched) for some pregnancy workout gear that could help make your workout experience a little easier over the course of the nine months. If I could pick out my two favorite things, it would be the heavy duty sports bra and the maternity belt. When you're pregnant, your boobs and your belly double, triple, quadruple in size...you'll need the extra support for both, trust me. I also included some latex stretch bands because, as many of you know, it gets awfully hard to reach your feet and stretch properly when you're pregnant! The stretch bands certainly help me a TON these days with stretching and holding yoga positions. I have also found that I am layering clothing a lot more these days, because I really never know if I'm going to be really hot, really cold, or somewhere in between when working out. Thus, why I included a basic, lightweight zip-up in my roundup of maternity workout essentials.
Bridal Fitness on Paper - Maternity Workout Essentials
- Fit 2B Mom Balance Tank
- Altus Athletic 5-Foot Latex Stretch Bands
- GapFit Full-Zip Jacket
- Moving Comfort Maia Underwire Sports Bra
- Moving Comfort Juno Wireless Sports Bra
- Gabriella Medium Support Elastic Maternity Belt
- Bellybra Women's Maternity Support Tank with Back Support