The first trimester - My experience

My guide and advice to the first trimester of pregnancy 


How we found out, and how I found it physically and mentally 

We found out in San Fransisco on our vacation. I felt tiredness like I have never felt before. Imagine the longest day at work followed by the toughest workout x5, that’s the tiredness I felt haha! And the other obvious sign was that I am extremely small chested normally and my boobs already looked swollen and really hurt even to walk.

When we found out it was the most amazing, but surreal feeling. We both were very silent for a while, almost in disbelief and then got very excited.

How I found it physically and mentally?

First of all, I learnt quickly that everybody’s pregnancy is different. Don’t get stressed and worried if people are doing stuff that you haven’t tried as you have to do what you feel is right for you and makes you feel good.

To be honest, the 1st trimester was nothing like I thought it would be. I really struggled. I had all day nausea for 12 weeks and exhaustion. It was only towards the end of the 1st I actually threw up. I found this difficult because I am not a sick person and like to be on the go a lot of the time. Mentally it was challenging because we decided not to tell anyone outside of close family until 14weeks when we had the all clear from the scan and blood tests. My advice is find someone as well as your husband/partner to talk to during this time as you can feel very lonely and unsure about what is going on. Talking really helped as its my first child so I really don’t know what I am meant to be feeling and doing ;P.

Second bit of advice: do not research symptoms on the internet. I made this mistake when I had the flu and was on antibiotics . Keep to the people you trust i.e Myself (trained in pre and post natal training), doctor, health advisor or a friend/family member who has gone through this before. The internet is full of different opinions that can scare you.

      How did I stay fit?

I started to incorporate exercises that I knew were going to maintain my muscles mass and help my body pre and post labour. Here is a workout that will stretch your core and help with your posture control throughout your pregnancy. 

Make sure to work on 

  • Your glute strength to help support your back
  • Your core strength – A strong core allows us to carry our babies with less pain in our back, it also makes it easier for us to push safely during labour.
  • Squats – Particularly wide sumo squats. An excellent resistance exercise to maintain strength and range of motion in the hips, glutes, core, and pelvic floor muscles. When performed correctly, squats can help improve posture, and they have the potential to assist with the birthing process.
  • Specific pregnancy stretches- more flexibility, keeps your muscles loose, and eases pregnancy aches and pains. Speak to a professional if you are not sure about which stretches you should be trying.

I stopped intense abs workouts e.g. reformer pilates, crunches, sit ups etc as this puts stress on the rectus abdomens which starts to stretch over the pregnancy to let the baby grow. I just incorporated the core workout above in most of my sessions. 

Working out during pregnancy has these benefits

  • Easier labour and shorter recovery time
  • Maintain muscle mass
  • Elevates your mood and keeps a happy baby.
  • Helps moderate weight

Luckily for me I am qualified in ante and post natal training so feel confident in my workouts! I kept my workouts the same, a lot from my online program. Allowing for more rest when needed, listening to my body or a day off here & there when I wasn’t feeling well!

If you’re used to training like my self, it’s safe to continue to do most training at those early stages. If you’re not it is best to ease into it and not try anything new exercise wise. Also if you have any questions regarding this feel free to message me or speak to another qualified professional.

This was not easy but I must say doing what I could really helped me clear my head with the worry and sickness for that time, and at least give me energy for 3 hours or so afterwards. I made sure I warmed up even more than usual. Jog then went through a mobility warm up to get my muscles warm and ready for the work out ahead. If you’re in the gym regularly before pregnancy, don’t get frustrated when your energy levels plummet, (and I mean PLUMMET.) Don’t be hard on yourself and search for alternative ways to get a little exercise in. Going on walks is a great option too and can help with nausea. I was able to push myself pretty much the same but on those days when I was just to exhausted I would either take a rest day and just do some yoga and walk there which is about 30mins. I made sure I didn’t stress about exercising all the time and staying on it as your health and the baby’s is the most important thing right now. If you can’t find the energy then you just don’t push your self but if you feel just a bit groggy getting out there and doing even just 30mins makes a big difference. I tried to do 5 workouts a week 1 being yoga. 

Stay tuned for part two of my First trimester blog where I talk about how I stayed on a healthy eating track and what products I found useful. Follow my pregnancy journey and fitness tips on my Instagram page @_Roxyfit_. Let me know if you have found this blog helpful and if you are also pregnant and have any products that you would like to share please comment below. I love to hear of new tips and ways to help this beautiful journey.

Our little bundle of Joy!

Roxy

Hey, I’m Roxy!I am a ex professional tennis player and now a personal trainer and fitness blogger. I love to write about fitness, healthy eating and living an active lifestyle. I made this brand and platform to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves! No need to follow any trends, its all about finding the right healthy lifestyle for you.

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