But, I've still been working out hard and as of yet, have not gained any appreciable body weight or fat. I swear I have more definition in my legs and arms now than before. My weight is only 0.5lbs more than it was since back in November. All the while though, my baby is growing normally and my belly is measuring the way it should for the week I'm at.
My workouts are still pretty tough, but I will say I do have to step back from the frequency. Lately I've been getting more light-headed and winded than ever before so I've been resting more and it's helping.
Saturday I taught boot camp (I also teach 3 on Thursday and 2 on Tuesday), and this is what we did for our workout:
1) 10 minute dynamic warmup
2) 20:10 Tabata interval work consisting of:
- Kettlebell swings (heavy KB - for me 50lbs)
- Kettlebell front squats (ligher KB - for me 30 lbs)
- Kettlebell reverse lunges
- Kettlebell supine hip extensions (put the KB on your hips... mine was really low on my hips as you can imagine)
- Standing dumbbell pushpress (heavy DBs - for me, 20lbs each hand)
- Standing DB bentover row
- Floor pushups
- Floor skull crushers with heavy KB
Then, we followed with 40:15 interval circuits, consisting of:
- Ab wheel roll-out (I can no longer go out all the way on these, so I just go as far as I can... too much stretching!)
- Battle Rope slams with the 40 foot training rope
- Box Jumps (I chose to do high steps ups instead of jump. I can still jump, but felt I'd beat myself up enough for the day)
- Med Ball Slams
Prior to this boot camp class, on Friday night I lifted heavy with my other pregnant workout partner. We focused on our chest and back and for one of our sets did 5 reps of bench press with 125 lbs. We felt great!
I will say though, as these weeks progress and my baby speeds up her growth that I am having a harder time recovering. My muscles are sorer for a longer period of time than they usually are. I am keeping my nutrition very complete, but know that baby's needs are first and my muscles can just suffer if they have to.
Overall, I'm still exercising hard with less than 7 weeks to go and absolutely love how I feel! I have no bloating, no excessive weight gain, no stretch marks, very minimal back pain and few mood swings (my husband might argue that one.... hahaha).
Exercising hard through your pregnancy can be a really great thing and if it's ok for you to do and you did it before, then, go forth and be happy!