Pregnancy And Exercise- Is It Safe?

One of the first questions I had for my doctor was, “Can I still workout hard?”

I am 31 years old, and my first pregnancy was twelve years ago. I was just shy of my nineteenth birthday, and I did not know my body nearly the way I do now.

Having fought as an amateur boxer for eight years, and a professional for three, I had come to know every weight change, pulled muscle, discomfort, and hormone in my body.

As an athlete, you become in tuned with your body on all levels. You also become obsessed with training. The thought of not being able to train is more than just scary. It’s a nightmare.

My doctor laughed, and said

“Kylie. Your body is a Ferrari, don’t drive it like a Ford.”

With that being said, I continued to hit pads with my co coach Sierra, trained in my boxing classes, lifted weights at Goodlife, and continued my walking routes at Canada Post which sometimes were up to 30,000 steps per day. I did feel sluggish, and had to really push myself to train, but nonetheless, I was still working hard.

At about eight weeks, I ended up in the hospital, bleeding, and thinking the absolute worst.

“I am having a miscarriage.”

The moment our baby came up on the ultrasound, the technician showed me that the baby’s heartbeat was strong. I cried with happiness.

It turns out, I have a subchorionic hemorrhage on my uterus that approximately 1.3% of women go through during pregnancy. Majority of the time, women continue going through their pregnancy, and delivering healthy babies. But just like any complication, there’s risks involved.

Doctors do not have this quite figured out, but it’s recommended that women who have a SCH should take it easy to reduce the risk of causing the hemorrhage to grow. They tend to clear up over time. Our bodies work wonders when we listen to them. In this case, we need to rest when necessary and don’t overdo it.

I knew that it was time to park this Ferrari in the garage, and pull out the ol’ Honda.

The initial three weeks after I had the biggest scare of my life, I was okay with resting for most of the day, and only going out to coach or do light cleaning around the house. But for an athlete like myself, I started to feel the affects of not training shortly after.

As my hemorrhage began to work itself out, I started to miss my old routines. There was a short period where I was trying to figure out a way to train safely. With lots of research, majority of what I was reading highly advised against it.

Lucky for me, I have a job that allows me to work with modified duties. The doctor ordered that I take shorter routes, and do not lift anything over 25lbs.

Exercise has to be walking my routes at work, and jumping in on two boxing classes a week where I modify what I am doing so that there is no strenuous activity. Shadow boxing, bag work, pad work, and light jogging is all I can really do. I am also going to take up yoga this week, and work on this flexibility.

I figured that once bleeding subsided, the hemorrhage must have been cleared up by my awesome body. Little did I know, I was told at my twelve week ultrasound that it was still present. Although the baby is not affected, and we had a very active little peanut inside, that hemorrhage still sits where it did at 8 weeks.

I have accepted that working out hard is not in my cards until after baby is born. The more I think about it, the more positives I find in this whole situation.

  1. I have been training for twelve years straight with NO BREAKS. Maybe it’s time to give my body, and my baby the time and rest it deserves, and be grateful for the activities I still have.

  2. I can learn more about healthy eating. Although I have a wide spread knowledge of healthy eating, there is always more to be learned. This is the perfect time to do so.

  3. Theres worse situations, and I should be grateful to have a healthy baby growing inside of my uterus.

At the end of the day, pregnancy and exercise go hand in hand.

Subchorionic hemorrhages can happen to anybody. My exercises did not cause this. I just happened to be in the 1.3% of women who develop one.

I highly recommend that women workout throughout their entire pregnancy. You do not have to go hard, but you should want to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Healthy Mom= Healthy Baby.

Eat your protein, get those carbs in, and finish your greens! Go for a walk/jog, do some body weight exercises, or join a yoga class.

If you allow the pregnancy blues, and lack of energy take away from daily exercise, you are not doing your growing pride of joy any favours, and you certainly are making post pregnancy much harder on yourself.

Theres days I don’t want to do anything but sleep. It’s okay to rest when you need to rest. Have a nap when you need a nap. But there’s also that strong Mom voice inside that you need to listen to when it tells you to get your ass moving!

If you have any questions regarding how to get motivated, please message me. I know how hard it is during the first trimester. I thought I was turning into a zombie day by day. With a little encouragement, I can help you find that motivation you need to get through your day.

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