Is Exercise Safe for Expecting Mamas?
Congratulations! You’ve been tasked with the amazing gift of bringing forth life. If you’re anything like me, a first time pregnant mama to be, you have absolutely no idea what is going on. Your body is changing rapidly and doing things you never knew it could and you’re just trying to keep up with it all.
If you haven’t already noticed, people treat pregnant women like we’re porcelain dolls. Oh so delicate and fragile, but ladies…I’m here to let you know…YOU’RE PREGNANT, NOT BROKEN. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Yes, it’s true that you should be more mindful of your changing body and you need to take care of yourself and the new life you’re developing, but it’s also true that exercising regularly is actually really good for you AND your unborn baby. Don’t believe me? There’s tons of research out there that backs up this claim.
The American Pregnancy Association specifically states “exercise during pregnancy is important and can help with some common discomforts of pregnancy and even help prepare your body for labor and delivery. Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. You will usually find it is even recommended. Typically, the first rule of thumb is if you were physically active before you were pregnant, it is likely safe to remain active during pregnancy.”
My husband and I have been doing CrossFit for the last 4 years and I didn’t plan on stopping when we found out I was pregnant. I talked to my doctor, she ok’d my regimen and gave me a few movements that were off limits, other than that, her advice to me was to be responsible and LISTEN TO MY BODY. If it doesn’t feel right, stop. If it’s too heavy, scale it back. Modify movements to accommodate your growing belly and understand you’re no longer working out for PR’s (personal records) or weight loss. That’s key. You’re the only person who knows how hard you should or shouldn’t push yourself during a workout, so don’t let others discourage you from doing something that’s so good for both you AND baby.
While it does make me a little sad to not push myself as hard as I’d like to or know I can, I understand that this is temporary…and my body and baby will thank me later.
The key to healthy pregnancy exercise is making sure you exercise safely. Be sure to talk to your doctor first about starting any new exercise regimen!
Awesome pre-pregnancy competition photos taken by the amazing and talented Bruce Williams over at BAW Photography. He’s super dope and is THEE best fitness photographer……..ever. Check him out.