Staying Active While Pregnant
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:00
My main sport growing up has always been football, mainly because I enjoyed the team element, the social side and the nights out! As I got older and got into full time work, training and match commitments were getting more difficult. Eventually I 'took a break' from football (I'll return to it one day)!! And started going to the gym and running more.
I would go to the gym 5 times a week before work and run a couple of evenings a week. So when I was pregnant with Rory, I was keen to keep this up as long as I could. And with no other children to worry about, I managed to keep going pretty much until the end of my pregnancy. Some days I'd go to the gym and just walk on the treadmill for an hour, but I was still making it there 5 times a week.
However, as soon as Rory was born, this all stopped, life takes over and I just didn't have the energy to think about exercise. Over time, I slowly got back into running as I could fit it around work, life and family. I'd go with a friend a couple of times a week, and to be honest I think we'd talk more than we ran, but I enjoyed it and it was a nice bit of me time. It also helped me get out knowing I was going with someone else and we'd prearranged a time.
So when I got pregnant this time, I was naively thinking I'd carry on for quite a while like I had done before. But it seemed to catch up with me a lot quicker this time! For a while I'd still go running, then I started walking instead. I'd still meet my friend and we'd plan a route where she could run and I could do a shorter route but fast walking. It still helped me get out and we'd still get our weekly catch up.
I'm now 31 weeks pregnant and other than running around after a 2 year old and working, I'm not doing a great deal of exercise. But I'm ok with that and I think life goes like that. I've had times in my life where I'm really active, and times, like now, where I'm not so active. I'm hoping to start running again once I've had the baby but won't put too much pressure on myself. I find it's cheap and I can fit it around life, whether I'm able to get out for a 10 minutes run or a 50 minutes run (well, more of a plod/walk really), I'll have still done something.
But in the meantime, I'm just trying to make a conscious effort to do the little things – take the stairs instead of the lift, park a bit further away from the supermarket and walking Rory to the childminders in the mornings instead of driving (time dependant of course)!
I'd love one day to go back to football but at the moment, the boots are mouldy at the back of a cupboard and it's just not the right time. I'm sure before I know it I'll be standing at the side-lines while Rory chases after a ball but if I can keep some form of exercise up to be a good role model to him, then I'll be happy with that.