I wrote a blog a couple of days ago about general pregnancy health ... some things to think about and do to stay healthy during pregnancy.
One of the things on the list was getting some exercise.
I was in a cycle class yesterday and noticed a woman that I see at least two times every week in the class. She's always struck me as an endurance-type rider; she keeps her pace steady, never seems to go too hard too fast, but keeps on keeping on when so many of the others in class seem to be pooping out.
Well, I happened to go up to her to joke with her about something that happened before class. She told me she was 7 1/2 months pregnant! I couldn't believe it! She barely showed (somewhat because of her height, I think) and looked pretty fit. We talked a little bit and I found out that she cycles at least two times a week, and also walks. She doesn't push herself too hard, but keeps a steady pace and just wants to get her heart rate up a bit for at least twenty minutes.
She also tries to watch what she eats, knowing that empty calories don't help her or her baby and are only harder to get off after she delivers. She's read up a bit on nutrition during pregnancy and knows that nutrition, exercise, and sleep will make a big difference in how she feels during these last months.
She feels that her circulation is better, her insomnia has improved, and her overall mood is better. What's more is that she is certain that it can only be good for the fetal development and is hoping that her labor and recovery will be better because of the forethought and effort she's putting in now.
Kudos to her for putting in that effort. All the best to my new cycle friend and her baby!