>> Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hey, friends. Still no food to share on the blog. You can catch some of our Thanksgiving foods on Instagram. I went with my original menu and then decided to turn the mashed potatoes into a shepherd’s pie for our main course. It was tough, but I managed to cook everything without getting too sick.
I had trouble actually eating a ton of it, but SUCCESS.
When I was pregnant with Ada, I actually took over a month off from blogging because I was heavy into recipe posting those days and simply couldn’t handle looking at the food. This time around, I don’t plan to totally break, but my frequency with posting has certainly tanked . . . and I’m hoping that will change soon.
Like I want to share my cranberry applesauce this week! So good!
// EXERCISE IN PREGNANCY AFTER MISCARRIAGE(S)
I have received a few questions since I got pregnant this time around about exercise. Pregnancy is already a touchy and personal time for workouts. Pregnancy after miscarriage is a whole new animal for me. So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to in the last 10 or so weeks to move my body.
I stopped running entirely in my two week wait. I don’t really know why. I just had this feeling like I wanted to stop. I took lots of walks around my neighborhood between 2 and 5 miles, though. I needed to do something to get rid of my nervous energy. Then when I got a positive pregnancy test, I freaked out. I had a positive the month before that ended in a chemical pregnancy, so I decided I wanted to be extra careful. I kept up with walking 4 to 5 days a week (including walking Ada to and from school) until my first appointment at almost 6 weeks.
My doctor told me that running cannot cause miscarriage. He just flat out said it when I expressed concern. Heck -- we still don’t know why I kept miscarrying -- we may never know -- so I wanted to exhaust all possible reasons. He told me to run if I would promise him I wouldn’t blame the running if I had another miscarriage. That night I went for a three mile jog at like 10:30/mile pace. It felt amazing.
Now I’m 10 weeks + 2 days pregnant, and I’ve been running 3 to 4 days a week most weeks since. I walk Ada to and from school 3 to 4 days of the week too. If I don’t feel like running, I try to at least walk a couple miles or do a short Barre workout. My pace hovers between 10 to 11 minutes a mile. I run just three miles at a time and don’t plan to go farther. I keep feeling temptation to go longer, but I think I have found a plan that works for me.
When I was pregnant with Ada, I ran a half marathon at the start of my second trimester and kept up double digits long runs until the 20-week mark, so this reduced mileage and pace is different for me. I have this whole section on the site with my pregnant running feats, and I just can’t identify with that girl anymore, but I am also so OK with it. Beyond OK.
PS: I take a watch on most runs to make sure I keep my pace over 10 minutes a mile.
Sure. I could probably be doing more. All these moms on my birth board remind me of my old self -- posting workouts, sharing brief race recaps, basically not missing a beat. But I just don’t care. I have found a groove where I feel comfortable and healthy and balanced and far less anxious. I don’t push myself beyond any points of comfort or exhaustion. I take days off when I’m really sick (like today -- ugh). I slow myself down if I can’t read a street sign without labored breathing.
I guess I wanted to share this because I feel like there’s just so much pressure out there to be this pregnancy rockstar, especially with regard to weight and fitness. I can’t count the number of things I’ve read or overheard totally focused on the number on the scale or doing X minutes on the treadmill. When I was pregnant with Ada, I thought about these things constantly. I worried so much about losing myself, my body, and my mind if I couldn’t keep up with the running and exercise.
The thing is: Exercise during pregnancy is so personal.
I got insanely lucky the first time. It wasn’t necessarily my dedication or athletic prowess. It was luck with getting pregnant quickly, staying pregnant, and being able to maintain a high activity level. Thing time around, I know it’s important to keep up with some type of movement . . . but I truly understand it’s not the time to prove anything to myself or others. It’s about getting to a more important finish line. And I’ve been training for this one wayyyyyy longer than any marathon cycle I ever tried.
I’m feeling good about how I’m treating my body these days. I am OK with giving up running whenever my body (and baby) sends me the signal that it’s done. For now, I enjoy my half hour jogs, my long walks, and just taking care of myself. I’ll get it back after the baby is born. I’m already dreaming of a few half and full marathons -- but postpartum fitness is a whole different story, and I have a whole long post in me about how that is going to change, too. Check back with me in late June on that one.
Moms! How did your attitude toward exercise change during pregnancy? If you have more than one child, did you do the same types of things during both pregnancies? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this whole thing. And if you’re not missing a beat -- more power to you.
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