When found out I was pregnant I panicked.
Crazy I know but all I could think about was getting fat and not being able to train. I look back now and think about how obsessive that sounds! But I guess when you have been going to a gym since the age of 18 and even before that were active, suddenly being told you can’t do what has been a big part of your life for 20 years is a bit hard to let go of.
In preparation for having a baby i still pushed myself hard so it was a miracle I am now sat here pregnant, but then I woke up and realised ok it’s only 9 months of your life Zoe and my wonderful friend and PT keeps reminding me the moment the baby is out she is going to have me fit again so not so bad.
I started reading about different schools of thought about pregnancy and exercise. My specialist is very strict so no exercise that takes my HR over 120 for me but there are a lot of people out there that still continue training and slow down as the trimesters go on. I’ve seen women that look like they are about to give birth hammer it in spin classes so I guess each person is different. I am not sure which school of thought I’d be in if it hadn’t been dictated to me and I’d always advise you consult an expert before deciding but I am not sure how a baby would feel being tossed around for an hour whilst its mum does an aerobic class!
I decided on walking and yoga, both completely new things for me – usually I would run everywhere and yoga was not something in my vocabulary!
When I found out I was pregnant I was intending on going back to a gym and to do yoga and pilates but I am very glad I didn’t as baby yoga is very different to a normal yoga class and a lot more about relaxation than being a contortionist.
Baby Yoga was something I wasn’t sure about because Yoga has always been one of those things that I find impossible to do purely because I have to be still and quiet! I turned up at my hospital where the class was to see 5 other pregnant women. It was great fun and our teacher is also a midwife so anyone goes into labour we are at the hospital and we have a midwife right near us. It was great to see the girls had the same issues as me although I was the only one still with morning sickness so I had to make a few trips to the toilet during the 2 hours.
My yoga teacher also said that baby yoga would also help the baby to get in the right position nearer the birth and help it to be a bit easier – I’m all for that!
We use exercise balls and poles and it’s a good work out as well as a section on ante natal at the end so it’s informative too 🙂 It’s quite funny to see pregnant women try to balance since having a bigger than usual stomach kind of gets in the way but it’s great fun 🙂
The dog has had a few walks this week too so I figure it’s good for her too me being pregnant as normally her walks are a bit sporadic.
Anyway I hope your training is going well. I’m just trying to get used to my next 6 months of training and to enjoy it before the hard work begins 🙂