As a mom in my 40’s, I must confess that I have become more physically active in the past few years and probably in the best shape of my life.  I do a 5:30am bootcamp (yes I know it is early), and try to play tennis a few times a week.  That said while I do hit the gym a few times a week for cardio, I didn’t do very much hard exercise when I was pregnant but sure wish I had done more. My 48 hour labor (yes, that’s right) with my first child may have been shorter and I probably would have recovered faster… but what is hard for me to understand is how judgy other women/moms get when they see a pregnant woman exercising with heavy weights or doing something considered risky.  One place I have noticed this first hand is on the tennis court…

healthy pregnant woman doing yoga in natureAbout two months ago while watching a match I overheard someone say,”Oh My God do you see that lady over there playing tennis?  She is huge and shouldn’t be out here!”  And this went on in an annoying and condescending fashion…

I mean are you kidding me? I was too stunned to speak and then when I wanted to speak I had to check myself… How do I say something without being offensive and starting a screaming match in the stands?  Then, I think I finally blurted out,”I think it is AWESOME!” Then of course there were follow up comments being whispered like,”What if she falls?  She is crazy to be out here, all that running and juggling…”  Blah, blah, blah!

Now lets be clear, this is doubles tennis, she isn’t ill or dying, she is playing host to a little human and she SHOULD be outside playing, having fun, even *gasp* getting some exercise. However, it is obvious that the stigma of being pregnant is that you are ailing and must lie on the couch and eat bon bons… eerg!

The fact of the matter is, the benefits of healthy exercise during pregnancy is incredibly beneficial to the mother and baby.  As long as you check with your doctor/OBGYN and do progressive workouts, you can actually work out all the way up to delivery.  You just need to adjust your exercise regiments based on your ability, health, and recognize the signs on when to stop exercising during pregnancy.  In the 3rd trimester, it’s suggested to ramp down your exercise to 30 min./day or when you start feeling signs of distress.

I think it is time for us to alter our thinking when it comes to pregnancy and exercise.  Instead of worrying about or judging a pregnant woman based on her ‘condition’, lets applaud her for being outside, relieving stress and tension, playing, and dare I say sweating herself to good health.

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  1. Just as a follow up to this post, I came across this last night about a lady on her 3rd pregnancy and doing crossfit. She looks awesome and I don’t think anyone can judge that what she is doing is good, bad, or otherwise. She is staying fit like she has for the past 2.5 years and her baby will be better off for it! I say you go girl! #crossfit #fitmama #awesome

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