Hey Pretty Mama,
You have been doing great so far, keeping up with your daily workout routine, hydrating, listening to your body and eating sensibly but with the hotter Summer months upon us, your workouts might feel a lot more challenging (and more tiring) with your body temperature already higher then normal now that you are pregnant.
Not to worry, you won’t have to give up your prenatal fitness routine, you will just have to make some modifications to keep you comfortable all Summer long.
- First and foremost, take your workouts indoors, into an air-conditioned space if you are used to working out at lunchtime. Otherwise move your workouts to early mornings or evenings when there is less heat and humidity.
- Make sure to hydrate plenty all day long. It is especially important to do so before, during and after your workouts. General rule of thumb: 12-8 oz. glasses of water but this may vary among individuals. If you sweat excessively you want to make sure to replace your electrolytes lost through sweating. A great source for this is Coconut water or a low calorie Sports drink.
- I always tell my Mamas to dress in comfortable breathable, lightweight workout clothes. These will keep you cool, collect (and smiling) throughout your entire workout. You want to wear a well-fitted Sports Bra, a loose fitting tank top that you can easily move in, and workout pants/shorts, as well as sneakers for good support. Try to stay away from T-shirts as they have tendency to overheat us.
- Monitor your heart rate by implementing the Talk Test if you don’t have a heart rate monitor at hand. If you cannot hold a conversation and are huffing and puffing during your workout, you are definitely overdoing it, and pushing yourself too hard. Remember during pregnancy your fitness goals are not what they used to be prior to falling pregnant.
- If you have this option, a lot of expectant moms love using the pool as it makes them feel a lot lighter and at the same time cools them off.
- Wear a good Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses if you are going to be outdoors.
- Most importantly listen to your body at all times and if you are uncomfortable or unsure about something talk to your doctor about it. Some days you may want to cut your workouts short, put your feet up and simply relax. And that’s ok.