Pilates made my pregnancy awesome. Carrying a baby can be exhausting mentally, physically, and especially emotionally. It can be uncomfortable or painful. That’s why all women need to know how Pilates can make pregnancy much easier. Imagine instead of feeling tired, lazy, fat and ugly you felt strong, powerful, in control, and sexy? That’s the difference between my first pregnancy and my second.
Being pregnant the first time sucked. I was going to school to be a personal trainer, so I had to exercise. And I was pretty sure I needed to lift weights and run on a treadmill to stay in shape. Unfortunately, I dislike both those things. Lifting wore me out immediately, before I could even get a good burn going. As for the treadmill, I couldn’t walk without my round ligaments, hips, and knees hurting. Each step jostled my bloated little body to the point of pain. My exercise routine was all-around miserable. So I quit. And I started eating for 2… actually more like 3. I felt like I had no say in what happened to my body, so I just gave up and started eating. My self-esteem and body image were so bad that I plopped down on the couch and ate till it hurt, the entire third trimester. I gained 48 pounds. I looked like a man and felt like a troll. I really hated that. Even so, I expected to leave the hospital as skinny as when I got pregnant. I was young, worked at a gym, and breastfed. Everyone told me the weight would simply disappear.
It took me 9 months to get close to my pre-pregnancy weight. And just when my muffin top was almost gone… I got pregnant again.
I had started my own business, Sweat Equity Pilates, around the same time I got pregnant. And with one son on the ground and one on the way I could NOT afford to feel tired, lazy, ugly and fat. Nor did I want to! I was on the path to happiness and success, and growing a baby was not going to slow me down. Fortunately, my business is instructing Pilates, so I had the equipment and knowledge I needed. I did mat and reformer workouts throughout my entire pregnancy. The workouts felt good, I felt good. I even looked good! I felt so proud of myself that I would occasionally walk around the house in my underwear. I had Pilates-strong abs, so I had good posture. What pregnant chick has good posture? I did! I could literally breath easier because I was strong enough to hold up my heavy pregnant boobs. The abdominal strength I built benefited me in so many ways. It helped me push during labor. And it pulled my tummy in post-labor for the flat belly look.
When I did get a muscle or joint out of whack, I did Pilates to stretch and strengthen the area to completely relieve my pain. Completely. The workouts were challenging but doable. I didn’t feel tired and in pain during exercise, I felt strong and sexy. That motivated me to keep going! If you don’t care how good I felt, or don’t believe Pilates is really the best way to exercise during pregnancy, consider these numbers.
Time spent in active labor: 1st pregnancy- 20 minutes 2nd pregnancy-10 minutes
Time to get to near pre-pregnancy weight: 1st-9 mos 2nd-30 days
Pounds gained: 1st-48 2nd-28
If you want to be proactive during your pregnancy, call me. We provide the least expensive private sessions, and I will use my experiences and knowledge to keep you fit and healthy, and feelin’ good.