Hello Exercise Father!
It’s been 2 years since my last pregnancy and for those entire 9 months I didn’t exercise. Unless you call walking from the train to the bus stop really really r-e-a-l-l-y slowly count. I ate fast food (and I don’t mean the healthy kind) and I ate half pints of ice cream regularly. I fell into listening to others around me instead of asking my doctor, “Is it ok for me to exercise.”
The blessing Exercise Father was that I didn’t get gestational diabetes, and my blood pressure was under control. The downside, labor was tough. I was out of breath and needed oxygen SMH Exercise Father it was rough!
Now that, I’ve gotten my confession out-of-the-way I can say with conviction that this pregnancy hasn’t been exercising everyday and eating like a rabbit. 🙂 I will say that I have not been eating for two as ‘old wives’ might tell you to do and I have been chasing after, playing, and managing an active 2-year-old and a home. It’s refreshing to have entered the fitness community when I did, after nursing Yus, and realizing that exercise and eating right should always be apart of our lives in some way, shape, form or fashion. It’s truly another blessing to have a family that’s getting healthy around you and it leaves you with absolutely no excuse because excuses aren’t allowed. Our family 2013 motto is IMAGINE, COMMIT, & ACHIEVE.
So, this pregnancy I have IMAGINED it to be healthier for myself and my baby, COMMITTED to eating healthy and staying active, & ACHIEVING my goal of a natural delivery (trying to go w/o pain meds this time around – let’s see how long that lasts :)).
My SiL has embedded in my head that I am the embodiment of this particular line in Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé:
How we’re smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children
Then get back to business
I must agree! Because the next day after my delivery with Yus (10lbs – vaginal delivery) I was up and walking around and offered her a piece of cake 🙂 ahahahaha! NIGERIA A piece of cake, this time around it will be something much more healthy that I offer her like almonds or a bottle of water. 🙂
I digress, FitPregnacy has really helped navigate the pregnancy exercise waters for me this time around and has some great tips on reasons why you should exercise during pregnancy and the benefits as well.
Start exercising so you can be healthy for yourself and your family.