S - posted on 01/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
After my last pregnancy I gained quite a bit of weight (yea, after and not during). Around June last year I got serious about my weight. I changed my diet and work out regularly. I started p90x, did stroller and mall walks, went thru a series of beginner to advanced step aerobics and completed the c25K training program. It has been a lengthy process due to health problems but I’ve lost 32 lbs and am smaller than I’ve been in years. I wanted to lose another 18lbs to reach my target weight. Currently I do step aerobics several times a week and 3 mile runs at the gym (I’m training for 10k).
This week I found out I was pregnant and now my emotions are all over the place. I am SO afraid of regaining all the weight I just lost. With doctor permission I intend to continue my workouts and maintain my current eating habits which includes very little beef or pork, no white starchy foods, more veggies and fruits. I’ve switched to whole grains and no longer eat fast food, fried food (rarely), or drink sodas. I don’t drink much juice either unless it’s in my postworkout smoothie. I do drink over 100 oz of water every day. My question is, are there any other moms out there that workout as religiously as I do? How did that work during your pregnancy? How much weight did you gain, were you able to curb your cravings?
Please don’t read this and think that I will put the life of my unborn child in jeopardy simply to sustain a workout. I am simply looking to manage my pregnancy and continue whatever exercises the doctor deems safe. I’m highly concerned about gestational diabetes and I don’t think I can handle it if I undo all the work I’ve done over the past 7 months. Since I’ve already been eating healthy it seems like it should help during this pregnancy (and limit weight gain). Obviously I eat when hungry and until I am full, I do not count calories or try to deliberately eat small portions. Advice from other athletic, or women who work out regularly is very much appreciated.