Living in this day and age, of a constantly progressing society you would think being pregnant would no longer been seen as a temporary disability, or something which renders you physically incapable. Given my experiences over the past few months I have to conclude this is not the case from many people’s point of view, and I don’t only mean the older generations either. Surprising, yet not entirely unexpected (to be fair to society gay marriage is still illegal in what is supposed to be one of the most progressive first-world countries in the world, Australia, which is absolutely absurd so we mustn’t expect too much too soon).
As a first time mum to be and a fitness addict too I have encountered many well meaning, caring individuals whom think it’s necessary to tell me I should not be training, should not be lifting anything heavy and need to stop doing what I’m doing. I know those who have mentioned something of the above to me have kind, and my unborn son’s best interests at heart, however what they fail to realise that as a fitness professional myself I am more than capable of judging what I should or shouldn’t be doing, and how much is too much weight to be lifting. I don’t mean I am still training as much as I was pre-pregnancy, or training with the same intensity, or even lifting the same weights I used to lift. Of course these have all decreased as has been necessary. This does not however mean I am incapable of continuing to train, or doing the vacuuming, or getting the fold up picnic chair out of the car. Though I would love an excuse not to do the vacuuming… who wouldn’t?!
Just the other day I had a friend ask me if it bothers me that people watch me and judge me while I train at the gym as they think I shouldn’t be training. My answer? Well I hadn’t really thought about it, so no. Training is such a part of myself and my routine it never occurred to me there would be those who would be judging me for doing it. I knew, of course, some people would be wondering if I should be training but it never occurred to me those people may be judging me, possibly concluding I was being reckless or careless without even knowing me. This was probably quite naive of me but in the long run I am still training, doing what I can, when I feel up to it because in reality being pregnant does no make you incapable. Yes, being pregnant can be restrictive. Yes, you do have to be more careful and listen to your body more to avoid causing harm to yourself or your baby. Yes, there are movements & positions you need to avoid. Yes, eventually I will have to stop training at the gym in favour of something lower impact. No, I am not incapable. I WILL NOT BE STOPPED…yet.
I’m sure I’m not alone in what I have experienced and would be very interested to hear yours, or someone you knows, experiences with being pregnant and being treated differently because of it. I would even like to hear if the opposite was experienced! So let me know by commenting on this post and I’ll be sure to get back to you.