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Saturday, September 21, 2013

So, I'm sure anyone who has been online today has seen the outrageous photographs of the fit mama, lifting weights while 8.5 months pregnant. Poor lady has received quiet the backlash over this. I haven't even read the actual article, or seen the actual video, I have been too caught up in the comments....the supportive and ignorant comments.
It does seem like most of the folks, from the links I have looked at (MSN.com and ABCNews.com) are on the side of the fit mama. She is doing what her body did pre-pregnancy, and she was given the okay by the medical professional helping guide her through her pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a time to start any vigorous routines, however, it most certainly is not a time to stop either. It is not a time to sit on your butt (unless you have been restricted for medical reasons) and eat for two (or three or four). It is not a time to be lazy and make excuses that you are pregnant and you need to rest all the time. Woman up!
During pregnancy, and child birth, and immediately following we do many things that can create an undue risk to our babies.......
For instance, when we drink soda and eat high sodium foods (or other bad for you foods) that creates undue risk....
when we allow ourselves to be induced and use drugs to ease the pain that is natural to experience, this is creating an undue risk......
when we mutilate the genitalia of our infant sons.....undue risk.
So, lifting some weights? Get over it.
When I was pregnant with my son I had an instructor tell me to not lift my arms over my head. Ignorance.
I had my (then) OB tell me I couldn't nurse my older child and try to conceive, that I would have to wean. Ignorance.
I was (morbidly) obese before, during and after my pregnancies. Yet my pregnancies were very healthy. My BP was awesome. Blood sugar great. I ate good foods. I exercised. Assuming that my size would have rendered me infertile and or high risk was ignorant of my first OBGYN. I actually didn't find a worthy doctor until my second pregnancy, the third OB I went to, and he was awesome.
So, anyway, I think this is a good reminder for us (as a society) to remember that when it comes to a woman and her pregnant body, unless what she is doing is illegal, it really isn't your beeswax and the world wide web has a plethora of other more news worthy items to get your panties in a bunch over.
Way to go, to all those fit mamas out there who have chosen to not use pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy. For each woman who chooses to be a delicate flower while pregnant, with no good cause, I am sure there is a woman on forced bed rest who is mentally giving you the finger.
Now, isn't there some debt ceiling or impending war to read about online?

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