So lets start from the beginning, I starting doing what I am doing (perinatal personal training) because I was told all of the things I couldn’t do when I was pregnant. So the search began of what can I do when I am pregnant. I am a pretty active person, involved in fitness classes, bootcamps, running, biking, swimming, etc…I love to be active. So there I was pregnant with my first son and more excited and scared than ever before. I wasnt sure what was going to happen throughout these next 9 months, but I was ready for it! I kept active for the first 6 months, but as soon as things became uncomfortable I stopped. I figured that was what I was supposed to do. Well almost 50lbs later I delivered my beautiful boy! …50 lbs! I could not get over it. In fact I even tried to chub up my husband during the pregancy so that I would not ever weigh more than him! I know – I’m horrible!
So there I was, the happiest mom in the world with a beautiful healthy baby boy. After I got home from the hospital I walked a little, but ultimately I waited until I went for my 6 week check up. I was cleared for anything and everything I wanted to do….so I got home and start planning on how I was going to get all of this weight off. I figured nursing would help a lot, I would ‘wog’ (walk/jog) and I would start going to the gym. Well, welcome to reality new mom! Nursing is great, but it is not exercise; wogging is great, but again, not really intense exercise; and the gym idea is nice, but i am not bringing my newborn into that germy place! So there I sat – back at the starting line wondering what to do. It ultimately took me 1 full year and ALOT of hard work to get my body back to pre-baby size. So all of those Hollywood moms that come home from the hospital in their skinny jeans are full of crap!
Well, now its time for Round 2! After a miscarriage, I found myself pregnant again! This time was going to be different. I knew what to expect, I had done a lot of research of activities that were safe, I knew my body well and I was ready to be a strong and fit pregnant mom! I educated many people along the way with research on the safety and importance of fitness during pregnancy (including my OB). [http://www.amazon.com/Exercising-Through-Pregnancy-James-Clapp/dp/1886039593]. I gained minimal weight, I stayed fit and strong and I felt great. We welcomed our second boy that summer. This pregnancy was very different and I loved every minute of it. People asked me how I did it, what exercises did I do, is it safe to workout…and so the seed was planted…
Strength in Moms was soon blooming. I knew that I had the resources, knowledge and ability to help moms all over Atlanta stay fit and strong throughout their pregnancy, into maternity leave and beyond. I had experiences in the ups and downs of our emotions, the lack of sleep at night, the loads of laundry piling up in the corner and the inability to complete a thought without drawing a blank. It is hard to be a mom…I get it! I educated women on safe modifications of exercises during pregnancy, how to get to know their changing bodies and embrace them and how to relax and breathe through the next 9 months! I love talking with them about expectations, disappointments, exciting milestones and preparations.
Being pregnant is an amazing time and if we treat our bodies right and listen to them, we can be a Strong and Fit Mom! So, keep in mind, you are pregnant, not sick or hurt. Enjoy the ride and take care of yourself. Your body with repay you with a priceless reward!