I’m at my first ultrasound. I’m nervous, excited, anxious, and trying to be calm on the outside. My husband is with me. You know, physically there, but this is all about me and my harboring an entity in my body, like a cat harbors a kitten or Sigourney Weaver when she harbors an alien. We’re here to confirm I’m pregnant and it’s a baby, right?
Once summoned, I happily share my urine, my weight and adorn a paper skirt upon a nurse’s request until the Dr. “I deliver babies” enters the room. Cold, wet jelly on a wand, a little TV screen, we are ready. Then I experience the longest moment of my life. Watching. Waiting. Wondering. The gentle prodding around my low belly, searching and listening for a sign…any sign.
And then it’s found. The sweetest sound that human ears can hear: a baby’s heartbeat. A quick, determined lub-dub lub-dub lub-dub lub-dub lub-dub, and it’s confirmed. I’m pregnant. It’s human. And, my own heart explodes as I see it beats for two.
This was years ago when I was pregnant with Isabel, but I remember like it was yesterday. Heartbeats abound, pregnancy gives you all the more reason to stay active and healthy. Along with the popular reasons we’re given to stay active throughout our lives, I’ve read that being active during pregnancy can help with an easier and possibly shorter labor, and might even encourage extra water intake when your thirst increases during workouts.
So, here’s what we recommend. Speak with your OBGYN about the best workout program for you, increase your calorie intake (fun), drink plenty water (start with a full glass as soon as you wake up), and move your body. Walk, run, do some yoga, Pilates, or Barre. Mix your lunges with your weights, or try a Soul Cycle class at your own pace. Grab a friend or three for a neighborhood stroll, or try walking to work, to lunch, to shop, or just walk to talk. Simply lace up your shoes and start moving!
After all, your heart beats for two, and #2 is depending on you.
To help inspire you, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Fitbit and UPPABaby to give three of you everything you need to stay active during and after your pregnancy: A three-piece active outfit from Ingrid & Isabel, a Fitbit Charge, and an UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller with exchangeable bassinet and sunshade. To enter, head over to @ingridandisabel on Instagram, scroll to the ACTIVE GIVEAWAY post in our feed and follow instructions. Go mama, go!