Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Working out in the final weeks of pregnancy

My due date is exactly 40 days away, and I am amazed by what I am still able to do in terms of my workouts. I always intended to keep up with my routine the entire time, but I had no idea I would still feel so strong in these final weeks. I do have to make some modifications, and I can't run and sprint and challenge my own strength as much as I would like -- but overall I really don't think pregnancy is all that much of a hindrance. I'm really, really happy with how things are going in this department! Last week, I did barbell snatches right along with the rest of the class. I kept the weight on the light side (for mobility and safety reasons), but it felt good knowing that the only thing holding me back right now is my round baby bump. Today's workout (five rounds of 10 push presses, 15 overhead lunges and 20 kettlebell deadlifts) was 100% doable for me ... I loved it and would have been OK doing another couple of rounds, even (although I did wimp out on skill portion of the workout -- get-ups -- because it is just such an awkward, uncomfortable movement for me).

With that said, I did experience some pretty significant doubt exactly three weeks ago. Looking back, I now know it coincided with a growth spurt (so many people commented on how the baby seemed to "pop" overnight) -- but at the time, it just felt like defeat. I wondered if it was time to scale everything back (way back). My workouts seemed almost pointless (they seemed pointless, but they weren't), and peddling the Airdyne while everyone else ran laps was depressing. Turns out I just needed a break. And a few minor tweaks.

The timing was perfect actually, because Sweat360 was about to take an end-of-summer vacation. Most classes were canceled, and Robert and Kili were going out of town. I decided to to take that time off, too. I didn't work out for 11 days in a row. Eleven days! I cannot remember the last time I took such a long break (probably back in 2007 when Carl was dealing with some very serious health issues). This was just what I needed, though. When I returned to the gym last Tuesday I was re-energized and no longer felt so defeated. I also met with Kili to discuss modifications ... things I can do to make sure I am getting the most out of my workouts. So, now I have a great list of alternatives at my disposal (like push-ups on a bench instead of the floor, for example) and I am reminded that breaks are good for the body and the soul. A week+ off every now and then is not going to undo all my hard work. And now I'm really excited to see how my workouts go over the next 40 days. Will I still be doing push presses and snatches four weeks from now? Time will tell, but I'm hoping the answer is yes!


  1. Dawn you're such an inspiration!

  2. Thank you, Annisa. You'll be doing the same thing when you are at this point, too, I just know it!


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