I gave a basic overview of my pregnancy fitness here, but I wanted to break it down by trimester as well because I know I would have loved to read more about a specific breakdown by trimester!
Exercising During Your First Trimester
First, before you take on vigorous exercising, consult your doctor or OBGYN early on obviously! They will help to adjust your exercising plans according to levels of pre-pregnancy fitness. My doctor told me that I could keep doing what I had been as long as it felt comfortable for me– basically pregnancy is not a pass to avoid your fitness, but it’s not the time to take on suddenly training for a marathon if you’ve never even ran before.
Up until about 13 weeks you can pretty much continue on with workouts as normal, but after that point, you do start to need be careful with your core and back work. Even though you don’t look pregnant yet (most likely) you are probably feeling it! If you get nauseous, dehydrated, too hot, etc, then take down the intensity or stop. You will most likely get out of breath more quickly and also need to drink MUCH more water since your blood volume is increasing so rapidly.
Personally, I pretty much instantly didn’t want to do cardio anymore– it made me really queasy for some reason. So I pretty quickly stopped doing Insanity Max:30, and subbed in Core de Force, Hammer and Chisel, and 22 Minute Hard Corps. Those programs were perfect for me and being able to keep up strength and stamina helped me a ton.
Nutrition During First Trimester
Like I talked about in the previous post, I used Shakeology as my prenatal and that worked so well for me. I had really bad nausea through the first 20 weeks, so honestly most food didn’t sound good– other than cucumbers and celery and ginger ale. I did my best to eat as much as I could and stayed within my normal container count (for those of you doing the portion control containers). I also was traveling for work during this trimester, so would pack Shakeology on the go, and got most of my food at grocery stores so I stayed really on point for the most part– I didn’t see much weight gain at all, I think due to the nausea.