I am so grateful that I can be active during this pregnancy. Though my intensity is nowhere near pre-pregnancy intensity (and I sometimes find that annoying), the movement helps me tremendously. Allergy season is upon us and I cannot take my regular medicine since it's not recommended in pregnancy. I've been drinking nettle tea, lemon water with local honey, and just whatever I can to minimize the severity of the allergies. But nothing takes care of the allergy symptoms better than exercise. And in this case, a little goes a long way. So I huff and puff at the gym. Build up a bit of sweat. And my nasal passages clear. My lungs get clear. My eyes stop watering. The sinus swelling goes down. And I get to enjoy the feeling for hours and hours. Doesn't matter if I'm moving maximum weight or less than a 1/4 of that . . . I still get the same benefit.
My attitude towards exercise has changed so much from when I first started. The aesthetic has become such a small part of why I do what I do. It's surprising actually because that was the whole reason I started! I exercise because it makes me feel good physically and mentally--and that gives me enough motivation to keep going when it gets challenging. And getting through the challenging parts provides motivation in so many other aspects of my life. Kind of amazing.