Confession: I love pushing myself to the max during workouts.
Fact: This is no longer something I can do while pregnant.
The arrival of the second trimester brought a huge sense of relief. While I never got that second trimester burst of energy I had so desperately hope for, I began to feel more like myself and less like a robot going through the motions of daily life. However, my workouts in the gym have started needing modifications to work around my growing belly and changes in balance. I stopped all abdominal work around 16 weeks. Many people have strong feelings on both sides of the Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) issue regarding any type of abdominal work during pregnancy and for how long it is appropriate —but this is an issue where I had to trust what my body was telling me. I started feeling extremely sore anytime I worked my abdominals so I decided to stop training them entirely. Continue Reading →