My client shared with me some interesting information the other day when I asked her how her OBGYN hunt was going. She said she met with a doctor who told her from now on to do more “girly workouts.” 😨
My client was SO not a fan of this statement, this approach, and to say the least not a fan of this doctor. Keep in mind, we have been training together prior to her first pregnancy for years now, she can deadlift more than her bodyweight and then some, goes to Barry’s bootcamp when we are not training together and brings hand weights and ankles weights with her on vacation…. This was not the woman to say that to. Needless to say she was furious and wanted to forget that appointment ever happened.
Here’s what we concluded for the remaining 5 months of her pregnancy:
1. Honor your body
This is not the time to push past certain sensations like you used to prior to pregnancy.
2. We are in maintenance mode aka the “just keep moving” mode.
We are not in the “I’m going for a 6 minute mile” mode. For women that workout regularly and are always pushing themselves to either run faster or lift heavier, this is probably the hardest part to overcome … the fact that some workouts might seem “easy” or would have been so “easy” prior to the pregnancy.
3. Just keep moving … especially later in the pregnancy.
There is lots of research that shows if a woman has worked out regularly throughout the earlier part of the pregnancy and stops later in the pregnancy, the baby can gain way more weight than is the norm, which can have many effects on the mama to be. If you are committing to exercising in the beginning, you have to give yourself that pep talk to make sure you make it all the way. And remember it does not have to be the hardest workout of your life, just keep moving.
I want to circle back to the doctor my client visited; we had a long chat about it and we know that of course the doctor’s intentions are in the right place and the safety of the baby is his primary focus; however, that doctor may not be well versed in the lifestyles of the modern day woman.