Katrina, the super Mom behind Every Superwoman blog shares her pregnancy fitness journey.
When I think back to those early weeks of pregnancy, I can't help but laugh at my foolish self. Over the past two years, fitness became an integral part of my life. I was weight training 4-5x a week and running 10-15 miles a week training for a half marathon. When I found out I was pregnant, I set out a plan and it was simple; I'd work out my entire pregnancy, eat healthy, heal up for 5 weeks postpartum and run my first half marathon by 4 months postpartum. Yes, I was the poster child for "ignorance is bliss."
Despite being severely disillusioned, my main priority was the well being of my baby. I did not want to do anything to endanger the life of the precious little being that I was so inexplicably in love with already. So I did my research, talked to veteran moms and consulted with my doctor about continuing exercise during pregnancy. I learned that, given you've already been active prior to getting pregnant and are overall healthy, there are so many benefits to committing to a fit pregnancy. This includes reducing the risk of pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, boosting mood and energy levels, prevents excess weight gain, helps recovery and so much more. Why wouldn't I want to continue with my fitness routine?
The first eight weeks of the first trimester was a breeze. Aside from the difficulty in containing my excitement and wanting to tell everyone the news, I had virtually no symptoms. I continued weight training, albeit with modified intensity. I no longer pushed myself to exhaustion and focused instead on mind-muscle connection. I felt fantastic. Then one day, fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks. I woke up tired. Napped. Woke up even more tired. Ate and went back to sleep. This cycle perpetuated for the next five weeks. I could barely get up from the couch nevermind make it to the gym. I was exhausted. Not even 1/4 of the way through the pregnancy and already I abandoned my workouts. So much for my "plan."
Then, at around 13-14 weeks pregnant, fatigue was no longer an issue and I felt like I had all the energy in the world. After over a month hiatus, I made my way back to the gym. I remember feeling slightly uncomfortable because I was at that awkward phase where I didn't look quite pregnant but clearly put on some weight. My sports bra's were getting a little too snug and all of a sudden I was muffin toppin'. Even though weight gain and body changes are a given during pregnancy, my expanding waist line was a little difficult to accept. But with the encouragement from my husband, I kept going to the gym. My strength had significantly reduced but the endorphins post workout made it all worth it. I was no longer able to squat 100 plus pounds but I did the best I could. Plus my appetite had increased exponentially so I felt that resuming workouts semi-balanced my increased food intake.
At six months pregnant, my husband and I packed up a moving truck and moved 2000 miles across the country in pursuit of a new opportunity. After settling into our new townhome, we hopped around from gym to gym trying them out. By this point, it was obvious that I was pregnant and got a few weird stares from people who didn't think I belonged there. I didn't let this bother me because I knew I that keeping active and healthy was the best thing for my little boy. The key was listening to my body. I kept up with my workouts until I no longer felt comfortable. At about 35 weeks, my bladder was out of control and fatigue came back full force. Aside from evening walks, I made the decision to no longer resume workouts. That's what felt right to me and I have no regrets. I spent the next five weeks nesting and spending as much time as I could with my husband before life as we knew it changed. My total pregnancy weight gain was 19 lbs and my baby boy was born at 7 lbs. My recovery was textbook and I felt "back to myself" again almost immediately. However, I was consumed with all things newborn so I didn't start working out again until 12 weeks postpartum. By then, I had already lost the pregnancy weight just from nursing and proper diet alone. Over the next few months, I started weight training with my husband again and gradually built up my strength and endurance. At nine months postpartum, I still have ways to go for my own personal goals but I am happy with my progress so far.
If there is one advice that I can give to aspiring #fitmoms out there, it's that there is no "one road" to a fit pregnancy. Everybody is unique so don't get caught up comparing yourself to other women. Fit pregnancies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you do what feels best for you and your little one.
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YOUR GUIDE TO FINDING THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR CHANGING SHAPE
Unsure what size to buy? Mayarya offers an array of style solutions to suit your changing shape. From cleverly designed maternity friendly but not maternity only dresses with discreet nursing access to maternity pants with stretchy elasticated waistbands that can adjust to your post-partum shape too.
Find out what styles work for your stage of pregnancy and beyond!
How does Mayarya sizing work?
Mayarya follows international sizing standard. We take every effort to keep our sizing true and consistent and we want you to be able to wear the same size across all garment types in Mayarya. However, there will be occasional variations in the fit of some products depending on the style and fabric.
How does the size guide work?
The first step to determine which size to buy is by measuring your body size. Before you start measuring, remember to use non-stretchable tape and to keep the tape close to your body without depressing it. We aligned our products to the body measurements of the International Sizing Chart.
Please see our 'Mayarya Clothing Size Guide' below for more details:
Bottoms are one of the first items you realize your belly started growing! At Mayarya, we have under belly and over belly styles to accommodate your style and comfort needs.
Under Belly Pants, Treggings and Leggings
They sit below your growing bump and are particularly great during warmer seasons as it means less layers for your bump. A great solution for women with very sensitive skin as it does not cover your belly. Mayarya's under the belly pants look much like regular pants with stretchy, elasticized waistband so you can continue wearing them post-pregnancy too!
Over Belly Pants and Leggings
They are particularly great if you want some support around your belly. We choose breathable and stretchy fabric so it will not restrict the growth of your baby. You can fold them down during the early stage of pregnancy, roll up during 2nd and 3rd trimesters and roll/fold them down post-pregnancy.
DRESSES AND TOPS
Our dresses and tops are designed for both pregnant and non-pregnant women in mind so you can wear them seamlessly post-pregnancy.
You can select your size according to your pre-pregnancy size since our clothes are designed to fit from your first trimester to your third trimester.
Our smart design allows more room around your belly during pregnancy but falls down nicely on your body after pregnancy.
If you have gained more than the average pregnancy weight according to your doctor, you could go one size up from your pre-pregnancy size. If you are between two sizes, we recommend you pick the larger of two sizes.