I had big dreams for pregnancy. I read every pregnancy book I could find for the year leading up to becoming pregnant. I had a Pinterest page full of all the adorable outfits I was going to wear with a baby bump and a spreadsheet of all the preparations I was going to make.
Then…I became pregnant.
I was sick and extremely miserable for the entire 40 weeks + 3 days. I was nauseous and vomiting for the first 20 weeks, and just as the nausea started to subside, I started to become uncomfortable in my rapidly changing body. Having spent the previous 9 yrs of my life staring in mirrors and perfecting my body’s every move as a professional dancer, sent me into a mind warp.
Every day was a struggle and I could NOT wait to bring my baby earth side. Everyone around me kept saying, “Enjoy it. This is a beautiful time of your life. Sleep now. This is the easy part.”
That’s all great. But not for me.
Having my little lady outside my body is much more enjoyable…and while I may not get to sleep as much, I sleep much more comfortably than I did with a 20lb beach ball protruding from my abdomen.
The ONLY time I felt good was when my body was in motion. Exercising throughout my pregnancy was my saving grace. I actually commuted on my bike to train clients up until the day before I went into labor. You should have seen the double takes (and unsolicited warnings) I received from strangers! Riding my bike in particular made me feel the most “normal”. While I wasn’t very speedy, riding freed me from the uncomfortable feeling of being trapped inside my body that accompanied my pregnancy.
So I’m sharing my secret with you.
The secret to loving your pregnancy is…
there is no secret.
(Ugh. Don’t you just hate when the build up is an answer you knew all along?)
For me it was movement that I loved, dancing and biking in particular, that did it for me. For you it may be walking, jogging, yoga, Strong Mom Society(!). There was something so empowering about being in control of my movement AND growing a human that made me feel powerful, beautiful and invincible.
The workouts I now teach are the the product of my own self discovery and the need to feel like myself during pregnancy. I wanted a workout that would connect me to my baby, raise my spiritual vibration, produce more self esteem, help me understand my body, and strengthen the specific muscles needed for pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery.
What does it for you? What makes (or made) you feel good during pregnancy?
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Love & Strength
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