What does having a “fit pregnancy” mean?
This is a pretty hot topic, started by Presley…and then continued on with Ashley and Madeline. I have so many thoughts swirling around my head, so I’m going to try my best to get them all down in an organized way. Is “fit pregnancy” comparible to “fitspiration” a term I kind of hate?
I used the term “fit pregnancy”….maybe too much? Does it seem boastful? Because I certainly didn’t mean it like that. When I took pictures during my pregnancy, my intention of using that phrase was to show women can still move while pregnant. I was blessed to be able to exercise my whole pregnancy, but I know many can not. I would never want anyone to feel bad if they cannot workout while pregnant, because you have to do what’s best for you and your baby.
To me having a “fit pregnancy” means moving your body and treating you and your baby in a respectful and safe way. For some people this means going for a short walk daily, for others it means taking a weekly yoga class and lifting some weights and for others it means running until the day they give birth. It’s super individual, but it doesn’t mean one is more or less “fit”. I think we all have the end goal of having a healthy, happy (most of the time) baby and we want to stay fit in hopes we are taking the best care of baby and ourselves. (And if you are on bed rest or being told you have to stop physical activity that’s what best for you and a whole different story!)
Blogs are kind of like reality TV. You only see/read what the producer (or blogger) wants you to see. It’s very easy to get caught in a comparison trap with others and I think blogs make it even easier to compare. For me, I love reading blogs with pregnancy and post pregnancy updates. I enjoy following along with the blogger’s journey. At the same time I understand that they aren’t blogging every single thing they are doing and eating. It’s impossible. Posting post pregnancy body pics can seem boastful, but doesn’t all of blogging? Don’t we all blog because we have a little bit of look at me syndrome? Yes, we blog to inspire and motivate others or to share struggles we are having, but I mean if we didn’t think we were doing something worth talking about, we wouldn’t be posting. (And I mean that whether we are posting about a struggle or a success…)
For me, I loved blogging weekly about my pregnancy. I felt like I had a fit pregnancy because I worked out most days of the week up until the end. Fit also meant I was responsible and treated my body and baby with respect. No overdoing it and no endless cardio. I didn’t measure my “fitness” in my ability to lift a certain number of weights or run/walk a specific amount of miles. After my pregnancy, I was very happy with how my body kind of just went back. I didn’t really feel the need to do post pregnancy updates because there wasn’t much to share. I didn’t work out for 6 weeks, then I got back to it very slowly. Kind of boring. But for those who track their progress weekly or monthly on their blog, more power to them. It’s their blog and if that’s what helps them stay accountable, then I think that’s great! It just wasn’t for me. I have posted pictures here and there on Instagram because I was proud of what my body has been able to accomplish…and I’m sure I’ve gotten an eye roll or ten.
Does having a fit pregnancy mean you’re going to drop the weight super fast? Not necessarily, although I have to admit I do think it helps. There are a lot of other things that go into play, like genes and other factors. But the bottom line is, no matter what you look like 1-2 weeks after you give birth, you stll should be proud of your body. Don’t worry about your pre-pregnancy jeans. Don’t even look at them for a couple of months! I lost the weight pretty quickly but it took about 5 months before my hips went back and I could wear my favorite jeans.
So what’s the point?
I don’t know really. I guess the point is having a fit pregnancy is just like everything else, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Do what works for you and your body. Don’t compare yourself to the next person. I was “running” like 13 minute miles by 36 weeks, while my pal Michele was a month ahead of me and still doing like 8 or 9 minute miles. Does it matter? NO! We were both trying to do the best for each of our bodies.
It doesn’t matter if the person next to you gains 20 pounds or 40, do YOU! If reading blogs puts you in a bad place because you are comparing, STOP reading…or find blogs that lift you up, not pull you down.
Remember bloggers don’t post every single thing they eat or do. It’s snippets of their life. By following their blog and instagram, it’s not going to make you look like them. Be proud of the body you live in, feed it well and treat it with respect. Exercise/Eat/Be pregnant in a way that works and motivates YOU!
What do you think? Should the term “fit pregnancy” be banned?