Infuriating Conversation With My Personal Trainer Friend

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I’ve been looking for prenatal bootcamps.   A lot of the prenatal fitness classes I’ve found recommend starting in the 2nd trimester.  I’m fairly certain this is because the risk of miscarriage is highest in the 1st trimester and no one wants to get sued in case the miscarriage happens to fall right after the fitness class.
It’s a litgious society.  I get it.
Part of the reason I’m looking for prenatal classes instead of just going it alone is because I really want to meet other first time mommies.  None of my close friends are pregnant or even close to being pregnant.  Actually, none of the people I hang out with regularly are even married or thinking about having kids.  
Anyway, I texted my old personal trainer, who I’ve mentioned before is actually a good friend now, and asked about prenatal classes.  I broke the news and asked him not to tell anyone (he’s dating this heinous girl who is spiteful and vain and she’s never happy for anyone). He congratulated us and then told me that I should keep working out. That pregnancy is no excuse to not workout.
He then told me that his friend did spin class daily every day until the week before her delivery.
I told him I was sticking to prenatal workouts that keep me within the recommended heart rate range and body temperature (both very important).
He then said that pregnant women can do *everything* just with lower impact.  It’s proven.
I don’t mind encouragement.  In fact, I welcome it. And lately I’ve been getting some low level resistance moves in, short spurts of walking throughout my day, etc. I’m doing what I can with the energy level I have.
But I really resent the attitude and the bad advice.
It’s basic knowledge that before a physical health professional goes around spouting fitness advice to a pregnant woman that they get the fitness routine approved by a doctor. And every doctor out there will tell a human incubator that they need to take it easier in the first trimester.  No more than moderate levels of exercise and make rest and nutrition a priority.
An no, women cannot do *everything* while pregnant. In the 2nd and 3rd trimester, women are discouraged from doing exercises on our backs because it can affect blood flow to the heart. Contact sports are an obvious no-no. There’s a laundry list of other activities to avoid including full sit-ups, certain kinds of stretching, etc.
Anyway, what ticked me off even more is that idea that I would purposely be using pregnancy as an excuse not to workout. Wth. He has absolutely no idea how crazy tired I am most of the time.  Lately, I’ve been falling asleep any moment that I get a second to sit down and rest. I’m not going to knock myself out trying to get in a workout when my body is so exhausted that I get sleepy while driving.
I resent even the slightest indication that I’m being judged for it. Plus, obviously I’m planning on working out, I asked for prenatal bootcamp classes!  Wtf.
Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones but that’s my rant for today.


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