Monday, March 1, 2010

Pregnancy & The Winter Olympics

One of my good friends forwarded me this story about a pregnant female curler competiting in the 2010 Olympics.

"Kristie Moore, the alternate on the Canadian curling team, is the first Olympian in 90 years to compete while pregnant and only the third pregnant athlete in Olympic history.

Moore, 30, is expecting her first child in May.

Moore, quoted in the Edmonton Journal, says the pregnancy did not interfere with training or competing."

To read the rest of the story, click here.
And, here's another story.
It's this just awesome?! I sure think so!
For me, I'm now 25 days away from my due date and am STILL teaching all my boot camp classes 3 days a week (a total of 7 classes) and STILL lifting heavy in the gym 2 other days a week. Yesterday for example, my other pregnant girlfriend and I did an upper horizontal and vertical push/pull workout consisting of bench press (we benched 115 each), cable squat & rows (90+lbs), chin ups (with assistance...), shoulder presses (25lbs each hand), etc. It was a good workout.
My weight is still static at a 15 lbs gain, but, as I've said before, my belly and baby are definitely getting bigger. I'm expecting that this month I'll probably add a few pounds to the scale as baby gets larger, and I'm totally good with that. Even if it means a bit more body fat for me, I know I'll be able to take it off afterwards. 
Overall, being pregnant shouldn't remove you from doing activities you love (*unless you have a true medical issue). Whether it be curling, like Kristie, or high intensity workouts like me in boot camp, I'm a firm believer that being very fit through your pregnancy helps you manage the typical aches, pains and bloating that are expected during this time (for me... thankfully no bloating at all, but I do have my shares of aches and pains every once in a while). 
Here's to being a fit pregnant athlete! Go Kristie!!


Shannon said...

I am so impressed! I am 9 1/2 weeks right now, and with my doctors blessing, have continued running. I don't know that I will be able to run as long in a few more week, but I fully intend (barring any medical crises) to continue working out. Thanks for showing that it is possible to have an active pregnancy.

resveratrol said...

Amazing woman 'coz typically you'll see pregnant woman just laying down on a bed and not doing any physical activity. I think exercise is good both on the baby and the mother.

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