8 In Pregnancy

My Return to the Gym: Mixed Feelings

It’s been a little warm around these parts lately…

heat wave in arkansas

and by warm, I mean I’ve been sweatin’ bullets over here! This picture of the temperature gauge on my car was taken just a few minutes before it topped out at 106! GAH! I know, even the AC in my car couldn’t quite keep up. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

With the temperatures so high, it’s obviously not safe to be out in it while pregnant. So, in order to still get my exercise in on Sunday, I headed to the gym. This was a big deal for me!

I haven’t been back to the gym since we found out we were pregnant around Valentine’s Day. Of course, morning sickness started a week after we found out, so for several months I was too sick to even think about going to the gym. But, once it started to calm down, I was still hesitant about going back. Nervous, more so. Isn’t that crazy?? I told Adam on Sunday that I was legitimately nervous about going back to the gym by myself. I think mainly because mentally, the last time I was at the gym I had just completed a marathon, was in awesome running shape, could do any workout I wanted, and felt confident and strong. And in my mind, that was my old body. So going back, was like a totally different me, and totally different mindset. I’m rocking a new bod now, one that’s stronger in different ways!


I’ve definitely been LOVING my outside evening walks, and I think getting fresh air everyday is one reason I’ve continued to feel pretty good. Knock on wood. But, when it’s well over 90, and the heat index is well over 100, it would just be silly for me to push through and take us out in that! The last thing I would want to happen is for either of us to overheat, simply because I was being stubborn.


At the gym on Sunday, I threw on one of two tank tops I could find in my running drawer that are still big enough to cover the bump, as well as a pair of my favorite Old Navy running tights. I should probably just invest in a good maternity workout outfit, but at this point, I feel like it’s too late. Maybe I’ll pick something cheap up this weekend during AR’s Tax Free sales? Anyways, I also took my water, and was sure to stay hydrated throughout my treadmill walk. I walked for 40 minutes, with varying inclines to simulate hills (have to keep the booty in shape somehow!), and was exhausted once the 40 minutes was up. It felt GOOD to be back in the gym environment, and I wanted so bad to hop on the bike or go downstairs and do my favorite machines, but alas, I restrained myself and played it safe! Patience, patience, patience.

I told Adam I felt like I got a few strange “looks” while at the gym, probably from people wondering if it’s actually safe for a pregnant woman to be exercising. Maybe I was just paranoid or self conscious though. But really, do your research, peeps. Exercising while pregnant is one of the best things you can do for baby!

walking at the gym when pregnant

I went back to the gym again last night, this time doing a similar hilly walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I was already feeling pretty tired, so I didn’t want to rock the boat too much. I’ve noticed that the longer I walk, the more uncomfortable it gets and the “heavier” my belly feels. I can also tell when it tightens up, which I’m thinking are Braxton Hicks starting. I know BH’s are common when moving around a lot or when you need more water, so I’m trying to be mindful of that. Looking at this picture it looks like baby girl is sticking her rump up in the air on the left, or maybe it’s her noggin. Who knows!

Being able to still exercise has been such a blessing, and I don’t want to take it for granted. There could come a day in the next 12 weeks where exercise just isn’t an option, so until then (hopefully not though!) I’m trying to take advantage of feeling good and moving as much as possible. It’s oh so important!!

I’m still doing my arm weight exercises at night as often as I can as often as I think about it, and that has definitely helped my upper body continue to feel strong. I’m hoping it pays off! I know toting around a car seat, a packed diaper bag, and everything else, isn’t the lightest load in the world!

Did you exercise while pregnant? What was your favorite way to stay active? Do you see pregnant women at your gym often? Tell me about your latest workout, run, or race!

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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    July 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Good for you!! I joined the gym at work when I found out I was pregnant, and as I get bigger, I feel more and more self-conscious changing in the locker room. Isn’t that silly? Today was the first day where I changed really not caring what showed, haha — I figure everyone in there was or will be pregnant at some point.

    My Braxton Hicks contractions started to get really bad around 30 weeks while walking, so at this point I’m mainly doing the elliptical, barre and pilates. I normally hate the elliptical, but I’ve been so thankful for it as of lately — I still sweat, but it doesn’t make me contract!!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Haha! Not silly as all! Ok, that makes me feel better about the BH’s, I had wondered for a few days if that’s what I was feeling or if she was just sticking her butt up in the air a lot!

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    July 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    That’s awesome you’re still hitting the gym and you look great! I’m lucky enough to own a treadmill and try to get on it as much as possible. It’s way to hot to be exercising outside right now.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Jealous! I would love to have a treadmill at home! You are doing great as well!!

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    July 29, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    It has been ridiculously hot and humid here as well! I would probably be fine, but I can’t bring myself to make my baby sit in the stroller when it’s over 90. The heat wave is leaving us, so I’m excited to get back out there 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Yikes! I don’t think I could do that either, it’s just too hot!!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    July 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    You go Mama! I’m so glad you can do this!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks girl! It’s definitely been an adjustment!

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