My Adventure at the Gym

Now that I’m just days away from the end of my first trimester, I decided it was time to use the gym membership I’ve been paying for the past few months. Initially, I was scared of ‘jostling’ the baby too much during the crucial early development period, but once I realized 6 weeks of nausea equaled 8 pounds of weight gain (and almost no clothes for me to fit into anymore), I felt the need to do something about it. While I obviously do not want to lose weight, I’m now eating healthier and trying to get a bit more exercise.

Food-wise, I had to stop the ridiculous snacking all day long. Plus, all the ginger ale was drinking added unnecessary calories. I had even given in to a craving for McDonald’s, something I hadn’t eaten in years. I’m trying to eat more fruit, and I’m getting some veggies through the low-sodium V8 I picked up. Otherwise, I hate vegetables and won’t get any of that nutrition any other way.

During my lunch hour on Wednesday, I headed to the gym down the street, workout bag in hand, ready to walk slowly on the treadmill for a half-hour (you’re supposed to keep your heart rate below 140 while you’re pregnant; another fun tidbit I’ve learned). It’s been warm here in New Jersey this week, with temperatures in the mid-90s, and the gym was slightly warm. With a bottle of cold water at the ready, I stepped onto the treadmill.

I didn’t even break a sweat, which isn’t unusual for me and my slow metabolism. I kept a pace of 2.9 mph and was feeling good up until minute 28 or so, when I suddenly felt weak and lightheaded. I stopped the treadmill and my hands were shaking, too. It was the same feeling I get when my blood sugar is low, but I had eaten breakfast about 2 hours prior and had some pretzel sticks not 15 minutes before I left. So I thought I was covered.

Needless to say, I won’t be going back to the gym until I discuss this exercise thing with my ob-gyn on Tuesday. I’m hoping it was just a fluke, since I’d planned to keep my gym membership until December or so. It “only” costs $21 a month, and there’s no enrollment or cancellation fee.

See what happens when I try to do something healthy?