I’ve had a few people say it, and I don’t mind. I’m happy for the chance to explain. It’s been something along the lines of “why did you do all that work to get a “beach body” if now you’re going to lose it all having a baby?”
I’m not going to lie. There were definitely aesthetic reasons to my workouts. I was happy to see my abs coming alive in new ways. I liked seeing shoulders that quite frankly I needed to have in my college basketball days…I find it amazing and fun to see how we can change the shape of our bodies. I’m not great with fashion or decorating but I see my body as that place where I can try new things and develop something.
But the biggest reason I was working out was not to have a beach body and I don’t feel like I’m losing my beach body to have a baby body. My “beach body” was building a foundation FOR my baby body.
You hear a lot about pregnancy. You hear about first trimester fatigue. You hear about possible morning sickness.
You don’t hear much about carrying a big weight on your front and how that makes your back feel. Or when you add a toddler to that, and now you’re carrying TWO weights around.
You don’t hear much about that labor being the most physically demanding thing you’ve ever done in your life.
But after going through my first pregnancy and finding out about those things (except it was just the one weight), I decided that I want to prepare for this thing as well as I can.
I wanted to start my pregnancy at a high point physically, knowing that I’d have days where I’m too tired to work out, and days where I don’t eat very much, and that I’ll have to back off my workouts. I figured, if I start from a high point then my drop off won’t put me too far back. Let’s say there’s some scale of physical fitness with 10 being supreme physical shape. I’d rather be at an 8 and drop to a 6 then start at a 6 and drop to a 4.
Will my flat stomach turn into a baloon on my front? Yeah.
Will I regain some of that body fat I’d lost? Yep.
Will I be stronger carrying around that extra weight? Yep.
Will I be more prepared to carry my toddler? Yep.
And I’m hoping I’m more prepared for the toughness of labor.
I am hoping I will be stronger coming back from the pregnancy after I deliver.
I’ve asked myself, what if morning sickness and fatigue are so bad that I hardly work out in my first trimester and suffer a BIG setback in strength? What if those physical gains are pretty minimal, or non existent by the end?
I realize that is a possibility and I realize that IF that happens, I still have the knowledge of what it takes to get my body back, and the experience of doing it.
So if nothing else, building a “beach body” before a “baby body” gives me confidence that I can do it again. And I will enjoy the process, just like I did this time.