Hey, hey! It’s Friday again, which means two things: a Bumpdate and #FittaMammaFriday on the blog (thing #2) and (thing #2) it’s almost the weekend, yay!! I’m here today with a 28-week bumpdate and a review of FittaMamma Maternity Fitness Capris.
My 28th week of pregnancy has arrived, and I’m feeling…Well, I’m feeling substantially more pregnant than I was just a couple of weeks ago. Friends and acquaintances have commented that my belly is adorably noticeable now.
Less adorably, I’ve started to grunt and groan a little bit more when I pick up our two-year-old or when I get up and down off of the floor. The struggle is real, you guys. Maybe if I stand up really straight, the belly won’t be so big…
Grunts and groans aside, though, the highlight of my week this week was finally getting back to the gym.
I Went, I Conquered. Or, At Least I Went
I’m still not 100% well after the nasty head and chest cold I picked up in late December. And I’m sure my iron levels aren’t quite normal yet, despite the fact that I’m eating spinach like Popeye. Still, though, I actually felt well enough to go to the gym. I went, I conquered. Or, at least I went. (I’m counting my wins.)
My gym is doing one of those New Year’s incentive programs where the person who loses the most weight wins a big prize (in this case, a bicycle from BMW). The guys (the paid staff is all dudes, if you can believe it) at the gym looked at me kind of funny when I signed up and did my first weigh-in.
The Only Pregnant Lady Taking the Lose to Win Challenge
I might be the only person in the Lose to Win Challenge who’s absolutely and unapologetically expecting to gain weight over the course of the six-week program. Then again, I’m probably the only pregnant woman who signed up for the challenge. I like to think I’m helping the class by lowering the curve a little. 😉
The thing is, I’m not in the challenge to win the bike. I’m in it for the free lunchtime fitness classes. A coupon book for 10 classes costs $35 regularly. During the challenge, you get a coupon book and unlimited lunchtime fitness classes (Monday through Friday) for $50. I’m no economist, but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I may not win the challenge, but I’m going to make the most of the classes.
One of the advantages to doing this kind of program is that it brings people out of the woodwork who’ve never tried a Zumba class or who’ve never been on a spin bike. No matter how intimidating a class sounds to you, New Year’s Resolution incentive programs like this one pretty much guarantee that you’re not the only one in the class who has no clue how to make your booty shake like that or what on earth all of those dials on the spin bike are for.
Don’t Get Complacent
It’s easy to get complacent in our fitness routines, especially when we start to feel confident in ourselves in a certain class or activity. It’s humbling as a runner to take a yoga class. When you’re used to doing cardio, it’s good to go lift some weights. Changing our fitness routines up now and then doesn’t just keep us humble, it ensures that we’re working new muscle groups.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re thinking. You blog about fitness and healthy living. You’re a skinny minnie. What do you know about being uncomfortable or intimidated at the gym?
I see your point. Hear me out, though:
- At 25, I lost more than 35 pounds to where I’m at now. I didn’t feel confident or look fit. I’m only 5’4” tall, so that 35+ pounds showed on my petite frame.
- At 29 I started running for the first time, running my first of more than ten half marathons just four months before turning 30.
- At 31 I tried skiing for the first time, and it. was. humiliating. I’m still embarrassed by that experience, but skiing is important to my husband and his family. When we ski together now, I have to give myself oh, about a million-and-a-half little pep talks for each day on the slopes.
Read more about my relationship with skiing here.
- At 32 I got my first road bike, and I promptly fell off of her. Those tires are narrow, guys. And falling hurts!
Now, at 34 years, 51 weeks old and 28 weeks pregnant I’m about to take my first Body Pump class. You think I’m not intimidated? Think again.
Trying New Things
I’m writing this post from my car, where I’m sitting after dropping Small Shaw at day care and before heading in for the noon class, and I’m nervous. I keep seeing people walking into the gym looking so much leaner and stronger than I am, and I wonder if I’m making a mistake.
I’m committed, though. I’m going to get out of the car, hold my chin high, and walk my pregnant butt into that gym like I belong there, dangit.
One thing that helps right now is knowing that I have good maternity workout clothes. I don’t have to worry about my pants falling down or my shirt creeping up mid-workout, and I’ve had people comment on how cute my clothes are.
Here’s what I’m wearing to class today:
I reviewed this top earlier in my pregnancy, but I can tell you now (10 weeks after the original review) that the shirt is still doing its job. It supports my belly, breasts, and back through my workouts, and looks good, too!
It’s available in three colors: The gray color I have on (Dove Grey), Jet Black, and a bright, pretty Bright Raspberry. All three colors look great, and I’ve definitely gotten a lot of wear from my gray one.
Check out how the high support top has grown with me through my pregnancy: I’m wearing the same top in this post, published 10 weeks ago!
On Bottom: FittaSupport Maternity Fitness Capri
FittaMamma makes several styles of maternity fitness bottoms, but these capris are the ones I’ve gotten the most wear out of so far. They’re comfortable to wear, and the fabric is thick enough to help conceal panty lines.
The capris also have a really nice roll-up or roll-down belly support that allows you to adjust the waistline to what’s most comfortable for you. Here are pictures of my big ole’ pale belly with the waist up and down on these pants.
Break out your sunglasses, ’cause you’re going to need ’em!
(I told you so.) <–You probably can’t read that because your eyes are still adjusting back from the bright white of my belly. I’ll give you a second…
The material of these pants is cottony but stretchy and breathable. The same pair of bottoms has stretched with me from very early in my pregnancy to my third trimester, and I fully expect to be able to wear them in the first several weeks postpartum, as well.
I also like the gray stripe up the leg since it coordinates nicely with FittaMamma’s gray workout tops:
See these capris in action in this pregnancy-friendly HIIT workout!
Flat Seams & Itch-Free Printed Tags
One of my favorite things about all of FittaMamma’s clothes is that they have flat seams with labels that are printed directly onto the fabric. My skin gets itchy when I’m pregnant, so I’ve never understood why so many maternity clothing companies put big, sort of hard/papery tags inside their clothes right along either the side of my waist or the side of my hip.
FittaMamma’s clothes are smarter than that. Their seams are so smooth that you barely notice them, and since the tags are just screen printed onto the fabric, you never feel a thing. I love it.
A Partner in Pregnancy & Fitness
FittaMamma has been an incredible partner for me through this active pregnancy, offering me several sets of fantastic maternity workout clothes in exchange for me writing blog posts that document my healthy and active pregnancy. You can find their entire line of supportive maternity workout clothes in the FittaMamma Shop.
I’m grateful for the ongoing opportunity as a blogger to work with such a fantastic brand. Come back every Friday to follow my second pregnancy with my #FittaMammaFriday posts!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FittaMamma, who has graciously outfitted me with maternity activewear for my active pregnancy. FittaMamma supports active mammas by offering exercise tips, recipes, and maternity activewear that holds and supports your baby bump!