On Pregnancy


I think the topic of pregnancy and weight gain is exhausting.  In the age of the “Celebrity Mom” the pressure to look good is tremendous.  However, I don’t understand the “disconnect” that women have about sacrificing their health for another cause; even their children.  I now understand why flight attendants instruct passengers, in the event of loss of cabin pressure, to put an oxygen mask on yourself before you try to help your children.

I think I am in total agreement with the Celebrity Trainer, Tracy Anderson, who is criticized for putting pressure on new moms who use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go.

But here’s why.

There’s no doubt about it that pregnancy is hard work; and it’s exactly that WORK. Motherhood is even harder and it is SO easy to put yourself on the back burner.  I get that; I truly think that’s the nature of women.

I’ve been pregnant 3 times.  And, as every woman whose had multiple children will say, each pregnancy is different.  It has to be, you are at a different point in time, with different conditions.  And, every time you go through it, it gets harder and harder to keep your body together; that’s aging for you.

Many women say “we aren’t letting our bodies go, we are letting them grow.”  But, if you believe that your body is of divine creation then you would believe that your body has the wisdom to do it’s job with no “waste”.  It’s a perfect system.

But, unless you are a Supermodel; there is probably no “want” for you to maintain Optimal shape.  But, it is truly what we “need”.  I guess there’s not enough financial incentive; but here’s some food for thought — Health is Wealth.

If you didn’t hear, Kerri Walsh the Olympian announced she was pregnant while in London.  She should be a Model for us all; she was fully active before her pregnancy.  She got pregnant and was able to COMPETE at 5 weeks pregnant. And, this isn’t her 1st baby, it’s her 3rd.

She’s an Olympic, Gold Medal, Athlete and there is no doubt about it that she knows what it takes for her body to be in Optimal Shape.  Although, as an individual she might want to let her body go or enjoy this pregnancy a little more; whatever, she chooses to do she has the knowledge and the resources to get back to herself quicker than we would expect.  I estimate, and know from my own experience, that 6 weeks, as Celebrity Trainer, Tracy Anderson said, is probably all it takes.

It’s not impossible.  It’s science.  It’s not complicated; it’s simple.  Be healthy – not just some of the time – all of the time.  No excuses.  And, if you’re not – get healthy; especially if you want to have a baby one day, have one already, or one is one the way.

And, do it! by all means possible.  Because honestly, what’s the alternative?

Don’t be fooled by style tricks in books like How to Look Hot in a MiniVan.  They are exactly that; tricks.  And, besides who needs style tips when your busy being a mom.

Live and Learn. We All Do.

Thanks for reading.  Please pass this on to someone who means something to you.

About julia29

Hi. My name is Julia El-Haj. I am a Hall of Fame Athlete, an MBA, Professional Certified Marketer, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, a Specialist in Sports Nutrition and a licensed Real Estate agent. I gave up my "seat at the table" to be home with my 3 children because that's where I was needed most. I blog about everything with Wellness in mind.
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