The female body goes through such massive changes during pregnancy, and one of the biggest transitions is weight gain. Sure, there’s the “healthy” range of weight gain, but how do you manage that? I’ve heard story after story of women that gained a ton of weight as well as women that didn’t gain much at all. I can tell you about my story and how I went about keeping my weight under control.
Sure, I was nervous getting pregnant, not knowing how my 40-year old body would handle the inevitable gaining. I was hopeful that my level of physical activity would help me ward off too much gain, but only time and hard work would tell. I’m a tall girl, 5’10” and average weight, wearing a size 10. I’ve exercised regularly my whole life and during my pregnancy. My workout of choice is CrossFit, which is a pretty intense type of exercise.
Anyway, I ended up gaining a total of 23 pounds from start to finish and had lost it by 2 weeks after the baby was born. Now, I understand that every person and every pregnancy is different. Maybe I have good genes, maybe I have good luck, maybe I’m just one of “those” chicks. Maybe…but I’ll also tell you that I showed up 3 or 4 times a week, religiously at CrossFit up until about 36 weeks pregnant. I would have continued through to the last weeks if it wasn’t for some planned travel, a house move, and a minor complication, but that’s all beside the point.
I guess my point here is that there are no free lunches. You almost always get out exactly what you put in to a situation. I ate healthy, I ate a lot, but it was mostly healthy, and I worked out. I paid attention to my body and I did what felt right for me. Now, 6 weeks after my baby boy was born the weight is off but so is some of the toning. I’ve officially gotten clearance from my doctor to get back in the CrossFit game and I intend to do so right away. I’ll take it slow…again, paying attention to my body, but I’ll get my head right back into the game because that’s where I like to be!
What do you think…is it luck or good genes? What was your experience???