5 Things I Didn’t Expect During Pregnancy as a Personal Trainer
Seeing as how I wasn’t an athlete (or rather, I hadn’t learned to let my inner athlete out yet) twelve years ago when I was pregnant with my son, this pregnancy has brought with it a few new tweaks that I didn’t have before… Now that I’m cruising right along towards the end of my second trimester I’ve learned a few things…I feel as a pregnant athlete and personal trainer I placed way too much stress on myself in the beginning to be the ‘perfect fit mom’ and have my stuff together all the time.
Things I didn’t expect during this pregnancy and what I did about it…
Cellulite. LOADS of it covering my strong thighs. One of the main causes for cellulite is estrogen. It causes the body to store fat that is essential during pregnancy. Apparently, there’s a ‘thing’ called pregnancy cellulite:
- Connective tissues loosen to make the delivery process easier. Therefore, fat accumulates in these areas.
- Excess water retention in the body during pregnancy also forms cellulite.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also lead to cellulite formation.
- With pregnancy, you will grow fatter within, and it will indeed cause the development of cellulite.
- Low water consumption can also lead to the development of cellulite.
- Genes and thickness of your skin will also play a significant role in showing up cellulite in your body.
Traditionally to ‘get rid of it’ we would exercise, aim for weight loss, and consume a better diet. Well, I do all of the above (minus weight loss currently) except the doctor this past week informed me that I wasn’t gaining quite enough.
I can exercise all day, drink all the water, eat all the fruits and veggies and still have a lovely slab of this dimply joy on my thighs. At the end of the day, the cellulite hurts absolutely no one and nothing except my feeble pride. Sure I could coffee ground it, lotion it and obsess. But, I have more important things to do with my time than to ‘perfect’ the appearance of my body. So, I’ve had to learn to let go of the smooth skin and roll with it.
Lack of motivation. poof gone. sayonara. I use to be that woman who woke up at 4:45 am every morning to train hard and conquer the world. Beginning of this year I was planning and preparing bootcamps, training 12-15 clients at a time, attending fun business meetings and socials, blogging more often and suddenly I roll out of bed at 5:00 am strongly disliking the fact that I actually wake up. My intense drive to build my business has left the building! This I pray comes back next year!!! My clients still get a solid workout but I don’t necessarily go out of my way to gain new clients and/or run any kind of boot camp at six months pregnant. Some women may be rockstars. I am not. I need coffee and a nap.
Chafing. I used to complain about having small boobs. No MORE! I’ve discovered the joys of Body Glide and bras that don’t fit. ha!
Wobbly ankles. I’ve had ‘weak’ ankles for as long as I can remember and do some strengthening with them, however, during pregnancy that lovely hormone relaxin has taken over! I had a few days where running was just painful!!
Calves-tightening (lots of beet juice and coconut water has helped some)
The drastic range of physical abilities from day-to-day. Some days I can run 5-10 miles and cruise and maybe even hit some 7 minute miles… but most often it’s 9. Some days I get winded on a leisurely walk. I truly can not control this “training cycle”. All I am able to do is take it day by day and give what I have at that moment. Some days that calls for yoga and some days that calls for more sleep.
On a positive note:
The cellulite has helped me see my beauty for how God sees my beauty. Inside and out. I literally preach being beautifully fit inside and out and I feel like this little physical bit that’s been out of my control has put that to the test. I’ve been focusing more on my book study of Working Women in the Bible than I have been on my ‘ugly cellulite’.
The lack of motivation has opened my eyes to the rest that’s been much needed in my life and given me the opportunity to really appreciate each moment for what it is.
The chafing has taught me to appreciate what I have. Small boobs were a blessing in disguise. A very tiny disguise. ha!
The ligament issues have caused me to focus on yoga and strength training more frequently which is something I’ve been negligent with in the past. From my personal research most runners despise strength training. We just want.to.run.all.the.miles. As a corrective exercise personal trainer I’m a huge advocate for it, however. I don’t always comply myself…so this has been good.
The drastic range of physical athletic ability has taught me to truly be in tune with my body more than ever before. I listen to it. I honor it. I respect it. It is the one and the only vessel I have on earth. It also reminds me that I am ultimately not in control. And being able to bring a HUMAN LIFE into the world??? That’s being a total boss.
If you’ve been a pregnant runner and/or athlete what were some surprises you experienced? Favorite part of pregnancy? Least favorite?
15 Sep 2017 / runpinkjess / 1
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