I've already had many peeps asking some advice on working out through pregnancy, and as I am a
About a month ago, I ran the Sporting Life 10km run in Toronto for the third year in a row. This run has special meaning to me as a ton of my family members run it, I happen to teach yoga to one of Sporting Life's owners, and... the run is purely downhill.
|Holy God, I am creepy when I run.|
|She stuck by me for the first 5km... then kicked the sh*t out of me.|
|Before- we always try to look badass before the run- I missed the memo, clearly.|
Some people (my Mom, mostly) gave me a hard time about my exercise regime. I think many people still believe that exercise during pregnancy is harmful to the child. There are definitely hazards and things you should NOT do (work to exhaustion; perform heavy weight lifting- think muscular endurance instead; exercise in high humidity; play contact sports) but maintaining a workout regimen you feel comfortable with is very healthy for your baby. Some argue that it makes the baby more prepared for labour (it has experienced stress), it may be a better sleeper, and may be more active as a child. Of course, I'm sure this isn't true in all cases, but I want to keep myself healthy and do the best things I can for myself in my "condition", and for my own child!
Alright, enough boring stuff. The run was on a perfect day- overcast and a little chilly- and I felt fantastic running it. I kept thinking about how amazing it would feel to cross the finish line with my baby gunt.
I said it.
|After the race. My Dad thinking it's his glamour shot moment.|
I need to get a grip.
What have you heard about exercising while pregnant?
Any "old wives tales" you'd like to share about pregnancy in general?