Hurrah! Six and a half months already.
I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone!
This pregnancy was similar to my first pregnancy with LO but I’ve been more tired and more achy earlier on. Maybe it’s because my muscles aren’t as strong as the first time round. For that reason, I have been trying to adopt a more healthier, active lifestyle this time round.
I’ve started to exercise lightly at home and also tried to eat healthier to avoid my chances of getting GD (Gestational Diabetes) again. I’m due for a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) at 28wks so will update you all on my results once I’ve got them… I’m hoping it’s negative but with a family history of diabetes and being positive for GD in my last pregnancy my chances of getting it again is “HIGHLY LIKELY”. *crestfallen face*
At the start of my second trimester I decided to purchase a pre-natal workout DVD. I bought Erin O’Brien’s Complete Pregnancy Fitness DVD from Amazon for about £12.00 with free delivery which was great. I used the DVD about two weeks then got bored of using it even though it is a really good workout. I don’t know why but I can never take workout DVDs seriously.
I eventually halted all exercise until about a few weeks ago when I decided to purchase some ankle weights to start strength training as my back felt a little achy. I combined home exercises with a weekly swim session and felt amazingly rejuvenated. The best I’ve felt since the pregnancy as I’ve always been really tired and exhausted.
Earlier on Monday, I met up with local personal trainer Shenda Falvey who also specialises in pre- and post-natal exercise for a one-on-one session. Shenda created a personal workout plan for me to use for the duration of my pregnancy. Most of the moves can be carried out standing and seated (on a ball or floor) which means I can easily adapt my moves as I progress and bump gets bigger. Most of the moves Shenda showed me I had already heard about but didn’t know how to do them properly so it was great for her to show me the correct technique way. She also taught me to watch out for my posture and positioning which is very important when exercising.
Shenda teaches her personal sessions at home and also hosts bootcamps which are held outdoors in Greenwich. She’s one of the best personal trainers out there from what I was able to search online and the fact that she is a specialist in pre-and post-natal exercise makes it all that much better.
(you can check out her website by clicking here)
So teamed with my personal workout plan, I’m going to purchase some extra weights, workout ball, a pilates mat, and yoga socks. I’ve found a prenatal pilates class at The Greenwich Centre which is my local GLL leisure centre. It’s about £7-10 per class so it’s affordable.
Time to get strong, physically and mentally! 🙂