When I got pregnant I knew I wanted to keep going to class. I had to watch myself early on, to make sure my heart rate stayed low enough and to make sure I wasn't getting overheated. I had to battle through my month of nausea early on (I never got sick, but class made that funny feeling in my throat that much worse), but for the most part it felt good to keep moving. As time went on my belly got in the way more and more, and I had to keep altering certain exercises to avoid laying flat on my back. The hardest thing was losing my core strength. I stopped doing abs a while ago, on advice from a pregnant fitness instructor, and eventally your muscles just change and can't support you as well. Nothing like laying on the floor and not being able to roll up like I used to. However, I never went down in weights. I kept my 8-pounders all along.
I wasn't sure how long I could keep doing it, but the instructor helped make the decision for me. She's getting into a critical time in her quest for her Masters in Nursing and can't make the time to do the class anymore. Tonight was her last night, and it seemed like a good stopping point. Turns out the timing probably couldn't have been better, because I struggled a bit tonight. Nothing major, but it just seemed like I've reached a point where my belly's just too big and I can't stay at the level I'd like to be at. So, that's it. There's another class starting up in its place, but now is no time to start a new class...but I'll be glad it's there after I'm cleared to go back to real workouts.
I know I've done well, but I can't help but be a little nervous about what might happen to my body without its weekly dose of squats and lunges and lifting over the next seven weeks (and however many more beyond that), but I will keep trying to do cardio (or at least a nice neighborhood walk) as long as I can. I guess I've done all I can do up to this point. I'll miss class, but a break might not be so bad. It'll probably make me appreciate it more when I go back, and by then I'll have a new goal to work toward. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the latest picture of my massive belly... :)