MY TRUTH: about exercising during pregnancy.
There’s no hiding it, I was born to exercise! Whether it’s playing sports, teaching classes, lifting weights, walking the dog.. there’s something about exercise that I can’t live without. When I got pregnant I knew I wasn’t going to be that person who has excuses why they are avoiding exercise. I constantly had people telling me to be careful (like I was doing something wrong) and telling me not to over exercise while I was pregnant. Sure I cut back in the first trimester out of nervousness, but then I realized on the days I exercised I felt better, I had better energy, and I felt like my normal self. The days I didn’t exercise I felt low on energy and my mood was completely different.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean I am incapable of doing the things like laundry, grocery shopping, & cleaning the house. I continued with all my normal daily tasks as well as continuing teaching fitness classes and training my clients with no problems. My approach to everything was a little different. I was cautious about the weights I was lifting, how high my heart rate went, I took rest days when needed, I made sure to drink lots of water, and most importantly I listened to my body. If something didn’t feel right or comfortable I didn’t do it.
Each pregnancy is different and what worked for me may be totally different then someone else. I feel fortunate that I had a great experience and I owe it to exercise … it truly helped make this pregnancy a beautiful experience.
How exercise helped me during my pregnancy:
- Increased energy
- Normal blood pressure
- I had NO swelling
- I slept better
- Stronger abdominal muscles
- I had an easy labor and delivery
- Steady healthy weight gain
- Little to no daily stress
- My aches and pains were limited
- I had no pregnancy complications or complications during delivery
How exercise helped Baby Ava:
- She was a healthy weight when she was born
- She was super healthy at birth and according to the doctors they couldn’t find a single thing wrong with her
- She is very alert
- She feeds and sleeps well
Here is an interesting article about how Mother’s exercise may boost baby’s brain It is a very great read!
Question of the day: Did you exercise during your pregnancy?? If you did, how did you feel and did it help?
Disclaimer: before beginning a new exercise program consult your doctor or physician.