Here we are in week 35! How did this happen? As the weeks roll on my body feels like it’s started to say, “okay, enough of this now lady.” These past few weeks I’ve had more aches and pains, I swear my upper abs are tearing apart. I know this sounds dramatic but it makes simple tasks like coughing rather painful. I just keep thinking that each passing day is one step closer to our little girl and then give a little nod of thanks to my body for getting me this far with relative ease. I think part of the ease of the last 8.5 months can be attributed to eating well and working out while pregnant.
I know this concept may seem simple but it was a really important one for me to keep when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t want to make excuses for not staying healthy, it’s pretty much the most important time to do so anyway right?
Honestly, I didn’t change up my eating habits all that much from what they were pre-pregnancy. I added a pre-natal vitamin and listened really closely to my body. I’ve found I’ve gravitated toward more foods rich in calcium and iron, so that’s what I’ve been eating. I drink a lot more almond/soy milk now and eat a ton more spinach, which I liked fine before but now I LOVE! I can pack away a jumbo bag of spinach every few days. I add it to smoothies, soups, salads or steam it with my nightly veggies. It’s such a great way to get iron, fiber and calcium.
Pregnant women need between 250-300 extra calories per day (I know, that’s it!) so I usually add an afternoon snack nuts and dried fruits or have a granola bar in between meals.
My favorite new indulgence is Ben and Jerry’s S’mores ice cream, heaven. My sister introduced me to it, it might just be the world’s greatest ice cream.
All my lab work has been normal, including my iron levels, which I was a little worried about in the beginning so it’s good to know that you can continue with a healthy vegetarian diet throughout pregnancy if you want to.
I knew I wanted to continue working out through pregnancy. The goal was the keep running for as long as it felt good. I didn’t have any expectations beyond that. One week rolled into another and here we are at 35 weeks and I’m still out there. Granted, I’m running at about an 11 minute pace and I take lots of walking breaks but it’s still something. I don’t run more than 3 miles at a time unless I feel really good, which has only been once in the last few months. On NYE I ran a whole 3.5 miles, haha.
Like eating, I try to be really intuitive about my workouts. If I feel like running, I run. If I don’t I substitute with yoga, walking or a rest day. I get in about 2-3 running days a week and 2 days of something else. I’m hopeful that the working out will help with labor (wishful thinking?) and recovery afterward.
So there it is, nothing fancy but this is how I’ve been eating well and working out while pregnant.
One last belly pic because I couldn’t resist. Now on to week 35.
Enjoy and Exhale!