Pregnant, exercising and nauseas
And that’s exactly what it has been for my client now that she’s about 7 weeks along now??? You know what they say….when you feel like crap, you know you are good and pregnant. Going through it just sucks. This is typically when most moms stop exercising all together making it that much harder to get back on the bandwagon once they feel like themselves again.
But that’s not stopping my mom of steel! Remember Sandra?? Well we are taking each session day by day and she says she actually feels better when she does work out (hint-hint). Those feel good hormones (endorphins) kick in and the circulation gives her the energy that the little bugger is trying to sap out of her. She knows (as she often reports) that if she doesn’t train, she feels worse and the nausea….well let’s not even talk about it!
So with the changes that are occurring right now, we are obviously modifying her program to how she feels. This once BOSU hopping, medicine ball tossing, mountain climber has now been forced to scale back a bit while she’s feeling not-so-hot. Instead we are taking this time to focus more on her pelvic floor, transversus and multifidus. Creating the foundation for what mother nature is going to want to do – grow a baby but at the same time, wreak havoc with her core!
In our sessions, we recruit her core muscles in every exercise we do i.e. pulling up on the pelvic floor while coming out of a squat or engaging pelvic floor and transversus while she does a bicep curl. You get the picture. Let’s not forget that your core is “supposed” to fire 1-2 seconds before you go into movement but if you have lost that anticipatory connection, that’s when the back ache, hip pain and leaking begin.
Remember my post, Your core is more than you think?? It’s true and every mother on the planet can tell you that after carrying and birthing a few babes, its’ just not the same. Working with my “dream client” will be the true test to get her through the next nine months with little or no “symptoms” to complain about.
So it’s not to say we wont be going back to using the BOSU, medicine ball etc., I just want to wait until the second trimester (or sooner) when most tend to feel like themselves again. For now it’s just one step at a time and keeping her going it probably one of the best things for her.
I am confident that Sandra will find this pregnancy a whole different ball game now that she has all the information needed and knows what to do. Having been diagnosed with a 2nd degree prolapse after her second has made her much more aware of “down there” so she can safely carry and deliver this baby with everything in-tact. Not a lot to expect, I would think.
This is why being informed is the first step in creating the best possible outcome.
What do you think? Were you prepared for what happened to your body postpartum?