Danielle Dailey’s Baby-FIT Blog Post #1
4.3.16 (14 weeks pregnant)
Warm Up: 200m run – 200m row – 200m Farmer Carry – 25 Air squats
Strength- Bench Press (3-3-3-3-3-3)
20 min AMRAP: 20 walking lunges – 200m run w/slammer ball – 10 toes to bar – 10 Pushups
The ‘Oh shit!!’ we’re pregnant joy lasted for about a day and quickly followed with feeling crappy every second of every day. From the end of January when I found out I was pregnant until a couple weeks ago I dealt with constant nausea and epic fatigue among the other normal symptoms of growing pains, headaches, and emotional roller coasters. Getting through my 9 hour workday almost seemed impossible, nearly falling asleep at my desk daily. I had to focus on the mindset of just “get through today, one day at a time.” I wanted to work out because I missed that daily norm I had come to love but I had zero energy. I had never felt this tired in my entire life and was angry about it! I did some moderate stretching and yoga some days to relieve the aches and pains of a changing body. During that time I made myself go to the gym a couple times in hopes that a workout would feel good or even make me feel better temporarily. The constant nausea made that difficult. I made it through 2 maybe 3 Wods during those couple months but never feeling better after, which left me discouraged. After finally reading a bit about the first trimester I chilled out. I realized what I was going through was totally normal and I needed to stop stressing about what I wasn’t doing. As the weeks went by, I slept… a lot. Once I comprehended that I was growing another human inside of me I just did what my body wanted, no more fighting it. As time passed I finally began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The nausea slowly started to get better each day. I started to get little bursts of energy after work and on the weekends that I had so badly missed.
I am so happy and excited to be in my second trimester! On Sunday morning I woke up feeling better than the day before and ready to tackle a workout…after a small cup of coffee!
The warm up felt great! It was awesome to have the support and friendly faces in a class with me. During the strength portion while doing the Bench Press I really felt those couple months of not working out. I felt my loss of strength but pushed through not worrying too much about hitting my previous max
As the WOD approached all I was thinking about is the 20 min and how long it seemed in my head! After the first round I realized it wasn’t too bad, taking each round consistently and going at a pace I felt comfortable with. I wasn’t looking to go crazy right off the bat but to keep steady throughout the 20 minutes. This strategy worked well for me and I felt good through the entire WOD. It was challenging but not impossible. I used a 10 lb slammer ball for the run. I modified knees to elbows for toes to bar and did my pushups from my knees. The hardest movement for me was the pushups. Again, that is where I really felt my loss of strength from the previous months. Also I could feel my little belly bump touch the floor. This will be a movement that as my belly gets bigger I will need to modify and do them on a box instead.
Post workout I felt really good, the best I have felt after a WOD since becoming pregnant. I had energy and my body felt alive and healthy. One day after I am really sore in my shoulders and arms and love it. I crave the soreness when I don’t feel it!
Each Sunday I will be in the gym completing a 1 hour class. My goal throughout the week while I’m away is to complete 3 at home WODs along with 2 Yoga sessions. I know staying active with activities that I did before I was pregnant will help me have a healthier and happier pregnancy and prepare my mind and body for the labor and birth of our baby girl! I am excited to share my journey of fitness and pregnancy with you!