I saw this picture...which made me squint my eyes and think "that's just NOT right".
It also prompted me to write a blog post about working out with baby!
I have read all the advice about working out throughout your pregnancy.
The importance of keeping fit because it helps with pregnancy related illnesses,
labor and delivery and also postpartum...after all you need your energy to take care of your baby. Additionally, we all know working out just makes you feel good!
BUT when i see pictures like the one above...
i can't help but think you shouldn't be holding such heavy weights with a baby in your belly!
In the beginning of the pregnancy,
i was working out, running at least two miles, three times out of the week.
I was doing strength training with my free hand weights.
Doing some yoga most days.
Drinking lots of water and taking care of myself.
I ran/walked the half marathon when Baby Pancakes was 17weeks.
And as difficult as it was, i completed the 13.1miles.
With the encouragement and support of Mr. Pancakes.
He met me at various spots to encourage and help me.
At the end of the race, i felt such euphoria.
I felt as if i could do and be anything!
It was definitely an awesome day!
Needless to say after the half marathon, i was SORE for a complete week.
Then i went away for about a week and by the time i returned home,
i had basically fallen off the working out wagon.
I have since slowly gotten back to working out.
Mostly a lot of stretching and strength training with 5/8 lbs free hand weights.
Most days i try to walk a lot during the day.
I haven't been running and or pushing myself to the point of exhaustion.
I feel blessed to have the energy i have most days.
I hope to continue moving all the way up to when Baby Pancakes comes!
The best advice is to work out during pregnancy BUT do so cautiously.
We have to do what we feel most comfortable but it can't always be about the mother.
We have to think about the baby too!
After all we want to stay fit so we can keep up with baby!
I am no personal trainer...just some thoughts on this Tuesday!
Question of the Day:
Am i the only one that was taken aback by the picture?
What was your workout routine like during pregnancy?