1.28.2014

Pregnancy is not a disability.


First of all can I just say there is nothing more annoying than being told to ‘relax’ and ‘enjoy’ being pregnant. I spent the first 14 weeks feeling sick, the next 14 weeks feeling decent, only to be slammed at 28 weeks with fatigue, heartburn, and swelling. Yeah, relaxing. Now I’m NOT complaining, this isn’t my first rodeo and I knew these things were going to happen, but it sure doesn’t make it any more fun.  I’ve had plenty of moments where I resent the fact that Oliver doesn’t have to do jack shit, except gain weight, which he did {I went and got him a Cleanse which he started yesterday, much needed!}. I've enjoyed this pregnancy far more than I did the last one and I'm grateful for that, but it's still a long time to give up your body. 

Headband is Brady Bands // Sweater from Abundant Heart 
Enter my motivation to keep hitting the gym.



It’s honestly the only time I feel like my old self. I feel less pregnant and more in control of my body. My body is not broken, but I sure feel like it is some days and remembering the good sweat session I got that morning helps me get through the day. I don’t go to get skinny, that for sure didn’t happen, but that’s OK. I have embraced my pregnant self, thighs, booty, boobs, and belly. I look at the brightside- no new stretch marks! No back pain! I sleep great!



I have vowed to never complain about a workout again because NOTHING is as hard as getting myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning and trying to tie my shoes while shoving toast down to be at the gym by 5.  Throughout the second trimester things got progressively harder, running was put to a stop by 28 weeks, my vagina couldn’t take anymore.  

ahhh, I sure miss my long runs!
I’ve had a lot of questions about what I do at the gym or how I work out. I do everything I can, my body let me know when I should stop doing abs (23 weeks) or burpees (30 weeks) or sprints (31 weeks). I still squat, spin, turbo kick, body pump, lift weights, jumping jacks, pushups, and do the elliptical. I just do it at a slower pace and rest more often. I don’t watch my heart rate, in fact my watch battery has been dead for weeks! I’ve had to adjust what I eat beforehand, usually toast is all I can do so I don’t get heartburn. I've had some terrible workouts at the gym, but I learned that just because it sucked one day doesn't mean it will the next. 



I really wish this misconception that working out “hard’ was bad for your baby, I’ve yet to come across one article that links exercise with something terrible happening to the baby {although I’m sure someone will send me one now, ha ha}. Exercise can make your baby smarter, mines def coming out a genius! I realize it’s difficult to do, honestly I do, but it’s worth the effort. You wouldn’t just not take your prenatals because they were gross, you would make it work.



Now that I've lived it I get it. It's hard, but pregnancy is NOT a disability, yes you will be uncomfortable, but that doesn't mean you should stop. Exercise is challenging when your not knocked up so of course it's the same {or worse} when you are. Learn to listen to your body! You won't knock your baby loose by shaking your booty at Zumba :) 


I know these guns are hiding around here somewhere......

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32 comments :

  1. Love this all! ...linsey from Cali

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  2. SO TRUE!! I was doing taebo and crunches, with both my pregnancies! And I know that is why I felt amazing the whole time and had such easy deliveries! You look amazing and are such an inspiration to us all!

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  3. Good for you girl! You're doing what YOU need to do. Not what everyone else thinks you need to do. Staying healthy during pregnancy is tuff work, and you've done an awesome job at it!

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  4. I think you will be amazed how well labor goes and how quickly you recover since you've stayed in such good shape. Good for you. :)

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  5. Megan you are so right. Since the holidays and being sick I have majorly lost my workout motivation. My hubby on the other hand has been working out like crazy and lost nearly 30 lbs. Everytime I see you post or pics at the gym I go ok she is pregnant and working out why can't I get my lazy butt to go workout. You are great motivation! Listening to your body is great advice.

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  6. You're awesome Meg! I wish I'd had that frame of mind when I was pregnant. I used pregnancy as an excuse to ruin my body - ate whatever I wanted because it was for the baby, stopped going to the gym because I found out I was pregnant, and still have the baby weight 8 years after my last child. You are a true inspiration and I really enjoy your blog. You continue to give me hope that I can get in shape and I appreciate you putting yourself out there on the internet. I know it's hard to hear the negative but your positivity and outlook on your health far outweighs what any negative nancy will ever have to say.

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  7. Love this! You are an inspiration to women, both pregnant and not! I slacked on my workouts during my first pregnancy and am determined that it will NOT happen again with a future pregnancy! I'm frustrated that, after seven months post-partum, I still have 10 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but that's what happens when you stop moving and continue stuffing your face with crap! Lesson learned! Next pregnancy (God-willing), I will continue working out and watch what I eat! Thanks for being a great role model for us fellow working mamas!

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  8. Normal pregnancies aren't. It was actually a disability for me, preterm labor had me on my left side and only bathroom privileges during my first pregnancy and a split pubic bone had me limping horribly during the second. I wonder how my body would have done if I'd been fit before my pregnancies? Or during the first one, if I'd worked out more, been better about my diet? How much easier it could have been. No matter how much you have or haven't gained, no matter how much you've had to slack off towards the end, you have so much to be proud of for what you did before he was even in the oven!

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  9. Those guns will pop back out a few weeks after he's here! :) I never thought I'd go back to my normal body weight, nor did I think I'd ever stop sweating and peeing when he got here... and then, 2 weeks later my body was back to normal (minus my vag) no joke! :)

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  10. we are going to start trying for our second kid in a couple months and I LOVE reading about how much ass you kick each day while pregnant! :) Very motivating! I will definitely be re-reading some of your posts throughout this pregnancy for you when I am pregnant again. You rock!!

    ~Devon @ laduit2it.blogspot.com

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  11. Preach!!! Haha. But seriously, I'm only 18 weeks and people already give me the side eye when they find out that I am *gasp* still running 4x/week and doing circuit training. It's so frustrating. I hate that there is still SO MUCH misinformation out there about excercise during pregnancy, but I am just incredibly thankful that one of my OBs is a distance runner and athlete and doesn't give me the "take it easy" speech at every checkup. Keep up the great work, mama!

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    1. So nice to hear someone in the same running shoes! I am 20 weeks and run twice per week plus hit the gym twice a week as well. I decided to enter 5, 5k runs and now everybody is coming down on me! I told them it's not because i am in a race that I don't run 2 5ks per week on a regular basis for the last 4 years!!! They all say...just enjoy it and take it easy. Well no! I love my baby, I love my body and I love how running makes me love life! My OBGYN is not supportive so now i am thinking of finding someone less old school...thank god, my husband who is a personal trainer supports 100%. I don't know if I would have continued without him.

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  12. Thank you SO much for writing this. It was exactly what I needed to read. I've been doing Crossfit for the past 6 months and am now 8 weeks pregnant. EVERYONE has an opinion about why I should stop and why it's so terrible for me. I feel so good when I'm done working out and it keeps me sane. I'm obviously listening to my body and I won't be doing body weight overhead squats anytime soon! I think a lot of people use pregnancy as an excuse to get lazy, and that's great for them, I just can't do that! Your pregnancy has really inspired me!
    THANK YOU!!!

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  13. Favorite line: You won't knock your baby loose by shaking your booty at Zumba....hahaha! So true. You are such a motivation. I want to continue to workout once I get pregnant. And on days when I feel like I can't make it to the gym I remind myself that there are ladies like you that are pregnant kicking more ass that day that I am, so I need to work it out!

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  14. Awesome post. I have a friend who is 11 weeks pregnant and having a hell of a time. she just came back to zumba last week. I am going to get her hooked on your blog, just for the motivation. Keep going, you are doing fantastic!

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  15. I think it's great that you're showing women they can be active when their pregnant. I got the same looks, and questions when I was prego. Are you sure you should be doing exercise that high impact. Umm yeah I've spoke to my dr it's ok. Lol. Great job girl

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  16. Great job, Meg! What an inspiration you are! Exercising is not easy- pregnant or not- but it's so important. Not too much longer and you will be out running your little heart out. You rock!!!

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  17. Awesome mindset! Here is a video of The Fitnessista teaching zumba while pregnant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GhyAUUXb_0

    Thought you might enjoy it

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  18. I LOVE this post momma!! As someone who is likely not finished having kids, but also at my peak (so far) fitness-wise, I'm a little nervous about more kids. I hate that I have to give up my body in a sense for 9 months..but, you really make it seem doable. SO. praying I can handle this again (you know, in another year plus)...you look great :)

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  19. Hey! I love this post:)
    I was wondering if you could tell me what size sweatshirt you are wearing in the first pic? the one that says "it's fine,
    I ran today"???

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  20. Love, love, love this! I've already planned out how I'm going to go all "Skinny Meg" and run through my pregnancy....now, to just get pregnant. :(

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  21. Love this!!! I am currently 20 weeks pregnant with #2. I didn't workout much with my first just went on walks here and there but I have tried to hit the gym or do pregnancy workout videos 3 days a week. I wasn't in to lifting before so I've just stuck with old faithful cardio (elliptical/treadmill). 1st trimester was hard but loving it the 2nd semester I feel so much better all day when I get my butt out of bed and workout!! You rock Meg and you are definitely my motivation for this pregnancy!!

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  22. Love this!!! I am currently 20 weeks pregnant with #2. I didn't workout much with my first just went on walks here and there but I have tried to hit the gym or do pregnancy workout videos 3 days a week. I wasn't in to lifting before so I've just stuck with old faithful cardio (elliptical/treadmill). 1st trimester was hard but loving it the 2nd semester I feel so much better all day when I get my butt out of bed and workout!! You rock Meg and you are definitely my motivation for this pregnancy!!

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  23. I hope to be as dedicated as you are when I have kids!

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  24. I wish I knew about you during my pregnancies. You're such an awesome role model, girl. So strong and capable!

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  25. You are awesome girl! You just keep doing what makes you happy and forget what people may think. :)

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  26. I love seeing pregnant women at the gym kicking ass...definitely motivates me to move mine since I am not pregnant and just lazy most of the time.

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  28. You just amaze me you cute pregnant thing you!!!!! Keep kicking butt & being an inspiration!!!!! I look forward to all of your updates!!!!

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  29. Thank you for this post! I'm on my second pregnancy, I ran until week 32 with my first the walked a lot until delivery. I am still running often with this one at week 17. I get so tired on people telling me to take it easy or slow down. I'm an active person, not happening! I said over and over with my first I'm pregnant not handicapped. I can climb stairs, lift weights, run, swim, etc... You are an amazing interaction and are keeping me going on days I feel to tired!! Thank you for this post and keep up the amazing job! Your almost to the finish line :). I'm excited to hear how your recovery will go I'm sure you will bounce back so quickly. Thanks again!

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  30. Love this! Im 6 weeks out from my first baby and my entire pregnancy I worked out. I got so annoyed with people telling me to relax and take it easy. I didn't work out so I wouldn't gain weight, I worked out so Id have a healthy baby, so labor wouldn't kick my ass and because like you said, it was the only time I felt like my old self! Happy to say, I only gained 24 pounds and now 6 weeks out, already below my pre-pregnancy weight and feeling great! I actually feel like I get to enjoy motherhood more because Im not focused on or worried about losing weight! Hang in there momma, you are a rock star!

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  31. Love your positive attitude and I really needed to read this today so can I just say THANK YOU? lately I've had a hard time getting myself to the gym, although I DO go, but it takes almost everything within me to get out the door. Part of it is, like you said, I may have had a bad workout the last time and am afraid this one will be bad too. But most of the time, it varies on a daily basis. I'm STILL having some good workouts (despite the bad here and there) and so I know I'm not done yet.

    Anyway your post was very motivating - thank you.

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