May 2016, my client and long time friend Rebecca came into her morning workout session with one and half year old son, Dean, in tow. She said in a hushed voice that she had something that she needed to tell me. She pulls out of her purse… a pregnancy test that says “2-3.” My naive self took a little too long to realize what it said (my eyesight isn’t that great as well, which I would find out later that day), and I looked at her questionably, “so, you’re pregnant?? Or… might be?” Rebecca smiled, “ Yes, and I would still like to continue training with you and doing yoga.” She then explained that throughout her pregnancy with Dean she didn’t really workout other than do prenatal yoga towards the end and that this time she wanted it to be different since she knows that staying active during pregnancy is the best for mommy and baby. I asked to be kept in the loop and have her doctor contact me with anything that is going on or things that I specifically need to address.
Full disclosure: I had one friend during yoga teacher training that I watched throughout her 3rd pregnancy, she was incredible to watch and her adjustments for postures. But I haven’t had a client pregnant during training, so this is a completely new venture for me. Luckily, this is Rebecca’s second pregnancy so she has a slight advantage on knowing what her body will do. I am doing research and talking to other fit moms to understand better what will be happening and how I need to approach these next 9 months.
Research has shown that staying active is fantastic for mom and baby, there are internet sensations of women in their 3rd trimester doing crazy lifts. This is great! I fully encourage these women to keep doing what they are doing as long as they are being safe. But, there are still some who are still skeptical that it’s not good for either one. That it can cause more complications than good. Doctors believe that more rest is a good thing. This throws us back to the 1950’s and 1960’s (and even farther) where women were encouraged to lay in bed and take it easy. A lot of those women were bored and suffered more from depression during and after pregnancy. This idea is out of date. We live in a fast paced world that is finally getting more active again, so why put that all to an abrupt hault? Most importantly though you should just keep an eye on your body and don’t over do it.
Back to Rebecca and this continuing blog post… every month we will be writing about the previous month, tracking how mom, baby, and fitness are doing. I’ll even be posting her workouts here for any moms looking for specific workouts, weights, and yoga poses to help. All for free! We want to educate women that it is ok to workout, be fit and pregnant.
Rebecca works out with me 3 days a week and is planning on doing yoga 1 day a week. She also has a gym membership where she does cardio on her own on off days. On top of going to school, working part-time, being a part of the National Guard, raising her son Dean, and spending time with her husband Chris. Who’s rooting for this WonderMom who is breaking all the odds and shattering glass ceilings? We would love for you to comment any advice you have for us for handling pregnancy and fitness!
Check out her May workout here!
*Cover art by @tombancroft1