Since 2000, I’ve worked within the fitness and training industry. My roles have been diverse—including gym manager, fitness editor, go-to-market manager (for the third largest global footwear company) and today, I am director of partnerships and events for a sporting goods manufacturer.
Needless to say, fitness and activity is part of my daily routine and I am used to living in a predictable body. That’s over!
Getting out of the car is hard. Getting out of bed is hard. Picking things up from the floor is hard. Finding a comfortable sleeping position is impossible. I still exercise everyday but, instead of teaching Indoor Cycling, taking Tabata or doing yoga, I hike (well, walk on trails), take Barre class and modify/limit my weight training so that I am not lifting heavy or doing anything rotational.
I am happy that I have not lost my fitness-community. I love the support that I get from other women who have had children and applaud my belly—and the men who know I can still “keep pace” with lower loads. My instructor and trainer friends have watched my belly’s progress and I think I am setting a good example for the pre-natal ladies showing them “how-to” scale, modify and stay committed.
I just passed 29 weeks and am sporting a sweet little “soccer ball” belly. From the front and behind, I barely look pregnant – the side is another story. My doctor says my weight is fine and that I can expect another 8 to 12 pounds in the next 8 weeks. It’s hard not to want to move this all forward faster. And, if I decide to gain all the weight this week, it won’t make Baby T come any earlier.