In this article, we mentioned the story of a woman who is a mother and expert about fitness during pregnancy. Check out our article to learn her views and advice.
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew exactly what to do to stay in shape – or so I thought. As a physical educator, group fitness instructor, swimming teacher and water aerobics instructor, I was prepared to stay in shape.
Being pregnant threw my petite frame a curveball! In the first trimester, I continued to run, teach step aerobics, practice water aerobics and enjoy the little life that was growing inside me. But toward the end of the first trimester I had to cut my runs down to walks around the neighborhood. My shins were rebelling, and I developed shin splints because of my weight gain. I was still working full time, and by the end of my day I would sit down on the sofa to give myself a break, and in 30 minutes, I would wake up from an unexpected nap. In fact, I napped at least every day during that third month of being pregnant. (Fitness During Pregnancy)
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Getting Used to My New Body
The first thing to remember when you’re pregnant is to listen to your body. If you have been exercising all your life, you will know the signs immediately. Your body will tell you when to slow down and when to cut back on your workouts. You will not recover as quickly after a workout, and you may find yourself becoming tired, so do cut back as needed. Remember, you are making a whole human being inside that body of yours, so take good care of it.
Expectant moms that want to start an exercise program and have never set foot outside their door to do so should discuss this with their doctors first, as they know your history and can give you guidelines. You need to educate yourself, and a good way to get started is to have that conversation with your doctor.
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What I found to be my salvation during this time in my life was water aerobics. It is a unique class that will not only do great things for your baby, but as the months progress and your body grows, the water enables you to feel light on your feet again. I know this from firsthand experience. I taught water aerobics for our park district for 14 years, and, while I was pregnant, this class was my salvation.
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Salvaging My Self-Esteem
Until pregnancy, I was always in control of my weight. My self image revolved around how I looked thanks to all my athletic activities. Then I became pregnant. I felt like I had no more control! And I didn’t. I gained 70 pounds during that nine-month period. My self-esteem started to decline. I was so happy to be pregnant but not happy about the way I looked. Of course, family members made comments about my weight, and then I started really watching what I ate. In the end, I became so focused on the comments that I started not enjoying the experience of being pregnant. (Fitness During Pregnancy)
Do not let this happen to you. Enjoy this time of your life, and if people make comments to you, stick up for yourself and say something positive. Enroll in fitness classes for pregnant women. You will find all the support, compassion and expertise that’s needed during this time. Stay out there and “glow,” knowing you are bringing new life into the world.
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The biggest complication for me was that during my eighth month I developed hypertension pre-eclampsia. That is why I looked like I was carrying so much weight – it caused my body to swell. My doctor informed me that during the last month he wanted me to lie down on my left side. This meant no work, no laundry – nothing! This was a shock to both my husband and me because I was so active all the time. I listened to my doctor, though, and we had a healthy 7-pound, 8-ounce baby boy.
If you wonder what is pre-eclampsia : What is Preeclampsia in Pregnancy
Remember that you will have your own experience and your body will have its own unique way of responding to pregnancy. My advice is to stay joyful and focus on the outcome, but, above all, register for that water aerobics class in your neighborhood! It will make you feel wonderful and, with your doctor’s OK, it will be beneficial for both you and your baby.
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