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MCLV Pregnancy | First Trimester Exercise & Workouts

I recently referred to the first trimester as the best three month nap of your life and that really is an excellent description. I can say, without a doubt, that fatigue was the biggest symptom of my first trimester. More so even than nausea or headaches or nasal congestion.

As someone who has had trouble sleeping on and off for years, the first trimester was a glorious return to easy, no effort sleep. But as someone used to working out and cooking dinner every night after work, I was shocked by how little I felt capable of for the first three months of my pregnancy. I routinely fell asleep in the car on the way home from work at 4:30pm, could barely manage to reheat leftovers for dinner, and passed out cold well before 7pm for a sold 8 weeks.

So what did that mean for my workout routine? It meant that I had to be gentle with myself, listen to my body, and take a step back my workouts. I went from two workouts a day 5-6 days a week to one workout a day, 7 days a week.

I have done a midday workout for years, since I’m lucky enough to have an office gym, and have had a calendar reminder set up in my Outlook for years to ensure that I don’t schedule things during that window. It’s a habit that really paid off, because that workout window became my only time to workout during the first trimester. I was awake, still had energy, and was usually excited to move my body. Sometimes I was tired or busy or just plain not in the mood, but I went anyway. If I wasn’t up for much, I’d just walk on the treadmill.

But, for the most part, knowing that time was my only chance to stretch, move, and break a sweat, meant that I looked forward to it.

When I found out I was pregnant I immediately started Googling workout modifications and prenatal workouts and started a long list of questions for my doctor. Her response? Do what feels good and when it becomes uncomfortable, stop. Simple right?

Note: Be sure to talk to your doctor about your individual needs and chat about changes you’d like to make in advance. What worked for me may not work for you, so it’s always best to discuss with your doctor prior to making any shifts in your lifestyle and activity levels, especially during pregnancy.

So, since I was physically feeling okay and didn’t have much nausea at 9:30am, I turned to the Tone It Up app. I started an 8 week weightlifting and strength program almost as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, and loved it. I felt strong and empowered. And on days that I felt bored, I supplemented with whatever other types of workouts sounded appealing.

I also ran and took Mighty Pilates classes on weekends for most of the first trimester.

With the fatigue and nausea of the first trimester, staying active was a great way to show my body some love and I’m glad that I kept myself motivated.

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Weekend Adventures

Over the weekend this little city girl escaped San Francisco for a weekend of wind, water, and family at dreamy Fallen Leaf Lake near South Lake Tahoe – Virtually the same weekend as last year actually.

After a short stop in sweltering Sacramento we headed up to the breezy, welcoming mountain air of Tahoe. I’ve been visiting my family’s cabin on Fallen Leaf Lake since I was a baby and it holds so many memories.

Day-long hikes gone awry with their destinations never discovered, swimming in the freezing snow-melt lake, climbing up waterfalls, boating on the lake in everything from a canoe to a kayak to a Sun Fish sailboat, and even flipping one of the boats & getting stranded at the opposite end of the lake with a friend.

Needless to say a jolt of excitement and anticipation always thrills through me as soon as I can see the distinctive roof top and the vacation actually begins.

And this was an especially fun weekend as the boy and I joined my parents, aunt, uncle, and grandparents at the cabin for a relaxed weekend of hikes, boat rides, reading on the deck, vino, and huge family meals. I mean the amount of food, not the number of people by the way. 🙂

How was everyone’s weekend? Do you like to get out of your hometown on occasion and relax in the country or are you a city mouse through-and-through?

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Links You’ll Love

Happy Easter!

Martha Stewart’s Easter and Spring Centerpieces

Health/Fitness:

Interested in more information on veganism, health, exercise, and similar topics? The Hungry Hungry Hippie has done the leg work for you and put together three lists of articles & pieces for you to read: Leafy Linkage I, Leafy Linkage II & Leafy Linkage III.

I know you’ve all heard something over the years about which foods you should cook and which are best for your body when they’re raw. The Daily Green is here to set the records straight – 8 Foods That Are More Nutritious Raw.

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Are you a fan of nutrient rich and protein dense beans but hesitant to increase your consumption because your body has trouble digesting them? Read Gena at Choosing Raw’s 10 Tips For Better Bean Digestion.

You don’t need a huge chunk of time in order to include a workout in your day. Only have 10 minutes? No problem! Try Jackie Warner’s Calorie Blasting Power Pyramid Workout from FitSugar.

Fashion:

spring 2012 beauty picks

Refinery29’s San Francisco Beauty Editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano shares her 8 Must Buy Beauty Products – From Benefit mascara (one of my personal favorites!) to a glitter-loving local nail polish company whose products are available on Etsy. She definitely knows her stuff!

Planning a big night out and want to vamp up your makeup look? Check out Refinery 29’s How To Do Madmen Makeup tutorial. Wow!

A DIY Earring Holder Tutorial from Crafty Endeavor (more DIY here).

Spring Basics on a Budget

Want to upgrade your closet for Spring but not interested in spending a fortune? Check out FabSugar’s Spring Basics on a Budget and The Budget Fashionista’s Top Fashion Trends for Spring/Summer 2012.

And I know that I already shared this on Twitter but it makes me laugh (probably more than it should) so I’m going to share it with you again: 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day.

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