FITNESS AND PREGNANCY: EXPECTATION VS. REALITY
Expectation: super fit preggo status
Exercise 5 days a week
Record workouts and post on social media so I can be all “motivational” to others
Only eat the most nutritious foods to make sure baby is getting nothing but THE BEST
Reality: survive/recover status
so nauseous my first 14 weeks I didn’t exercise AT ALL, after that.. I was lucky to feel good enough to get 2-3 workouts in a week. Last 2 months had such bad sciatica I was limited to mostly stretching and light biking as my workout.
1 video taken 2nd trimester, 1 video taken 3rd trimester, 1 photo taken (unknowingly on the day I went into labor!)… that’s it.
1st trimester lived off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because its all I could stomach. Spent the 2nd and 3rd trimester just trying to make sure I got protein at every meal and LOTS of water.
Take away: things don’t always go as expected and life requires constant adjustments. The better you can adjust, the happier you will be with your process.
Ok.. so to be fair.. this was my first pregnancy. I had NO IDEA how I was going to feel or function during this journey. I struggled to enjoy the transformation my body was going through, because I was stuck on how I thought I should be feeling/performing. I had to learn to adjust my expectations and be patient with my body. This was challenging for me.
Pregnancy is freaking amazing. Its absolutely astounding what the human female body can do. We actually create life… that’s insane. The process is extremely personal to each and extremely transforming for all. Everyone’s pregnancy feels different but they are all doing the same thing, growing a tiny human.
- You might have serious complications… it could be smooth sailing the whole time.
- You might be nauseous every day… you might be able to eat anything you want.
- You might be able to workout like a boss all the way up til the day you deliver… or you may only be able to walk…. Or you may be forced on best rest.
I was blessed enough to be given so much advice, information, and comfort while I was pregnant and it was incredibly helpful. I realized early on that I wanted to be able to give that same comfort and accountability to other women who were thinking of, going through, or recovering from pregnancy.
As I continue to recover from my own pregnancy, my goal is to increase my education on the field. Learn as much as I can so I am able to help women who are trying to conceive, who are going through pregnancy, and who are recovering from delivery.
Ladies…. If you fall in to one of these categories (or you will in the future)… know that I am here and I am eager to help you!
- Coach Sammie