Fitness is a huge part of my life and a part that I love. I am passionate about fitness and I love sharing it with others. With that being said, it was no different during my pregnancy. My first question to the doctor was “Can I still work out?” She said as long as I kept doing what I was already doing and listened to my body, I was able to continue throughout my pregnancy. So, that’s what I did.
I continued to teach and practice yoga. I teach a vigorous, vinyasa style power yoga and for me, it’s about a mental and emotional workout, as well as a physical one. I did as my doctor recommended and listened to my body. For the first couple of months, I didn’t really notice a difference in my practice other than just feeling more tired (thanks first trimester for that). Around month 4, I did notice some poses becoming more uncomfortable like many twisting poses, poses that required me to lay on my belly, and even some back bend poses. So what did I do? I listened to my body! I would either modify the pose or skip it all together! Skipping a couple poses didn’t ruin my yoga practice. If anything, it strengthened it, teaching me patience and how to take a step back and come out of the pose, rather than push myself further into it (which is what I was accustomed to doing). Even now, 3 months postpartum, I listen to my body more, I take queues from myself, sometimes going further into and sometimes coming out of poses.
But what about lifting? By no means was I lifting heavy weights but I was doing some intense workouts that did involve anywhere between 10-25lb weights. I kept at it, using my 10lb dumbbells, I continued to workout the way I love to. I needed to stay fit for myself and for the baby, I needed it physically, mentally, and emotionally. Plus, I workout in my brothers barn with other members of my family, so it’s a family affair for us all to gather in the barn for a good workout. We encourage each other, share tips and advice, and hold each other accountable. I continued to do my usual workouts, modifying and removing certain exercises that didn’t feel comfortable.
A little part of one of my workouts. This is the first selfie video I’ve recorded so pardon the amateur video quality. I was six months pregnant here.
I think part of the reason I was able to lose the baby weight so quickly is because I stayed fit throughout my pregnancy. In addition to yoga and my other workouts, I walked at least 2 miles almost every day, and I ran until it was no longer comfortable (about month 6 for me). I gained nearly 30lbs, and that was gone within a month of having Layla.
Running for 2
So ladies, keep at it as long as your doctor advises that it’s healthy for you and your baby. Most importantly, listen to your body!
The typical disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and every woman and pregnancy is different. Consult your doctor before starting a workout regimen to ensure it’s safe for you and your baby.