How Fit Mamas Struggle In Pregnancy
Every women has their own kind of struggles when it comes to being pregnant (read about my first trimester with baby two here!). After all, growing a baby is no easy feat! But for those of us mamas who love fitness (truly love it) there are a few struggles most people don’t acknowledge when it comes to that lovely bump.
It’s no secret I’m a fitness junkie. I adore heavy lifting, dancing, climbing, and just generally being active. I’m the person who pulls the wagon up the biggest hill I can find. Who takes my daughter to do hill sprints with me on a sunny day. I live and breathe being active.
Which is why pregnancy is a bit of a struggle for me.
Naturally as you’re pregnant you need to scale back your activity (sometimes the type sometimes the intensity). But for someone who loves being active this is hard.
In fact, altering what feels like you’re entire lifestyle to accommodate your little bean can be a downright struggle.
Here are a few things I struggled with through my pregnancies
Not Being Able To Lift Heavy
I know, I know. You’re rolling your eyes. But lifting heavy things makes me feel (and look) awesome. I love it. I thrive on it. Scaling back my weights (while I realistically know it’s best) makes me feel a bit wimpy.
And while I can adapt the exercises to still keep them challenging, I do miss my heavy days (insanely). I long for them.
Being Able To Run & Jump At My Leisure
Ironically, I don’t actually care for running or jumping all that much. However, on a sunny day I miss the ability to do as I please. Chase my daughter up a hill, do a sporadic park workout. Challenge my clients to a backyard workout.
All of these things, while not overly important to me are hard. It’s hard to see others be able to rock these activities while I have to sit on the side lines. It’s for the best (obviously) but no easier because of it.
Struggling With Chin Ups
Okay, this is the most ridiculous one of all. But watching your strength decrease as the months progress and knowing it’s better not to push yourself drastically is hard.
On good days, I can complete ten chin ups. While pregnant, that number gets lower and lower until I’ve struggling for one. It’s a challenge mentally to know that all the strength I worked for is better utilized at this moment for growing a baby.
The two things that keep me going are the fact that I know my strength will return with a little effort and that this little bean inside of me is far more important.
Being Tired By Silly Things
The further you progress in pregnancy the more small things wind and fatigue you. This is obviously because your baby requires so much of your energy!
But getting winded walking up the stairs with laundry when you can normally run a few kilometres is a bit of a slap in the face. I always think I can do it and every time am sorely reminded that yes, your body has other priorities!
The truth is, all moms have struggles in pregnancy. I’ve been lucky enough in both my pregnancies to be able to stay active throughout them. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my skill level, the abilities I worked hard for or being able to do what I want when I want.
Don’t get me wrong, growing a baby it a fitness feat in itself but I do miss my routine and my goals.
Having a little one inside of me is beyond worth any sacrifice. But I’m only human- and fit people have challenges too 😉
What was one thing that was hard for you in pregnancy?