Not only does someone Down Under like me, but an awesome mom is actually letting me take over her blog for a day!
Mary Ann is all about natural parenting, which I love and, DUH, cloth diapers. She even has her own Etsy store! I'm a natural eating fanatic, but have to admit, Gentry wears Pampers (sorry Mary Ann!). I already wear a gas mask for those.
Mary Ann asked me to write a post about staying fit through pregnancy and beyond.
Before I begin- DISCLAIMER- I have always been a workout fanatic. Starting in middle school, I don't think I've ever taken more than a week off from doing something active. That's just the way I was raised. And, if you remember my funny induction post, I had a VERY easy pregnancy.
|This was about 5 months and 7 months.|
Because of these two factors, working out didn't change too much for those 10 months, besides the usual pregnancy modifications. Of course I was tired, had a sore back, just wanted to sit around and eat peanut butter sandwiches all day, but I knew this was the ONE time I could control and influence everything happening to my child...
to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle for her.
Another factor that enabled me to work out so long through my pregnancy - I followed the "You aren't eating for 2, but 1.1" rule.
(My daughter actually draws from that gene pool... scary)
I know that sounds crazy... And I definitely had my McFlurry moments... But, creating a human being was enough motivation to keep me going on a healthy path.
If you put on too much weight during pregnancy, you increase your risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure and needing a cesarean birth because your baby is large (says WebMD).
My thoughts- eat what you crave (your body knows best) indulge a little (you do deserve it) but everything in moderation. I mean, you are growing a human, reward yourself a little!
Dieting during pregnancy- definitely not. Just use it as a chance to makeover your eating habits.
So what kind of things did I do to stay in shape while pregnant?
- modified yoga
- running (with the dog, who slowed me down considerably by "marking" every bush)
- 5-10 lbs dumbbell circuits (Robert Jones, Jillian Michaels and Jackie were my personal trainers)
- walks with the dog, other preggo friends and hubs, in that order
- swimming (although it was a little more of just floating since Gentry was a July babe)
- a little something EACH DAY
Lay down, cuddle up in a blanket, proceed to eat as many Nutter Butters as possible
But when I felt overly tired and overly large, I'd ditch the run or circuit training and do a fast walk around the neighborhood... wearing the same Old Navy stretched out tank top and bra, of course.
Yes, I actually DID swallow a watermelon!
Cliche, but burning a little energy gave me much more.
When Gentry decided to be 10 (O.M.G) days late, I'm pretty sure I picked up my workouts even more.
Hello? No, the baby is STILL not here...
There was even a tractor involved. I just wanted her OUT and thought the more I bounced the quicker she'd come. Joke was on me!
Throughout the whole process, I believed if I worked out during pregnancy, the birth would be easier (haha) as well as the recovery.
Insert Hollywood birthing scene here...
My birthing story is another post in itself, but I ended up having an emergency C-section; therefore, I can't really comment on the whole birthing being easier part.
Recovery, however, was a piece of cake. I was up walking Day 1 and even ran my first 5K race Week 5. Was it the working out while pregnant? Guess I need to sit around and do nothing round 2 and get back to ya ;)
There's a lot of controversy over working out when pregnant. My doctor said my body would tell me when I pushed it too far.
|Definition of pushing too far.|
I liked that theory. I was tired of people telling me don't do this, don't do that. I knew my body and what it could handle.
|Gentry was totally doing that in utero....|
If you are pregnant, don't start a rigorous workout regiment now, lay the groundwork ahead of time. But do get up and move!
Now that I no longer need to make modifications, I've really gone back to my regular workout schedule. I always prioritize my workouts the night before to make sure I get them done. I think that's been my biggest key to workout success. I work out first thing in the AM because I know I can control when I get up and how much time I can devote to it (unless the babe decides to play earlier)
If that means going to bed at 8:30PM and up at 4:30AM, that's what I do. It also helps to have a crazy Ironman husband that's on the same schedule!
On a final note, please remember, every pregnancy is different. Just because I did it, doesn't necessarily mean you will be able to, or even that I will should round 2 come. I am a huge advocate for staying as active as you can during pregnancy. They say babies take in a lot more than we give them credit. What better way to instill a life-long love of health than eating right and exercising while they're closest to you?
I loved reading this - thank you Emma! I had issues with Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) both pregnancies & failed to stay active for long. If there is ever a "next time around" I'll definitely be sure to refer back to these tips!
Edit (01/04/2014): to check out Emma's latest adventure, be sure to head over to Be Mom Strong!