I’ve been going to the gym every other day for about a week and a half now, and today was my third time meeting with my trainer, Georgina. She showed me several new exercises focused on strengthening my back, and she was really impressed with the progress I’ve made so far (even though I’ve gained 3 lbs) — she said my skin tone, my energy level, and my posture were already improving. I trembled less when working on weak muscles (my arms…) too, so I was happy about that. PLUS, you know how she was teasing me about how “geriatric old ladies” walk at the 2.4km setting on the treadmill? Well, I walk at 3.3km now for my warm-up :] She was super proud of me for this. I love having a trainer; she’s my own personal cheerleader.
I really, really recommend going to the gym and getting even ONE session with a personal trainer that’s used to pre-natal workouts to any of you that are pregnant. The tidbits you will pick up about which exercises are safe, which aren’t, what range you should be working in for your body type, and adjusting your workout as your pregnancy progresses are invaluable. Strengthening your back will help you with carrying your baby both in and out of the womb. Strengthening your pelvis and glutes will help you with delivery (and make your ass look great)! And to be honest, as much as I’ve always hated exercising, I’m finding that I do look forward to getting out of the house, heading to the gym, and just focusing on improving myself for an hour.
Remember, mommies need to take care of themselves too :]
Since I took the bus to the gym and got there 39 minutes before my session, I headed to the book store that’s in the same plaza. I picked up a book aimed at Canadian mothers — The Mother of All Baby Books by Ann Douglas (wtf, I would have saved $10 buying off Amazon)! Now, this is a book about baby’s first year of life, but the first several chapters are focused on getting yourself & your home ready BEFORE the baby arrives.
You know my recent “OH MY GOD I AM LOSING MY MIND” post? Well, there’s a chapter all about shopping for baby — and it goes through decorating, garage sales & safety standards, clothing and accessory necessities/frivolities, etc. Super useful. I’m thrilled I picked up the book for this chapter alone. (Also: it suggests not worrying about a crib that will convert to a bed)
Why? Because it’s super cute, and the thought of Chris saying “LA LA LA!” to our baby made me start crying right in the middle of the book store. Oh yes, gotta love them hormones!