Growing up, I always had this preconceived idea that pregnancy would be beautiful. I imagined a beautiful round belly, glowing skin, and feeling lots of beautiful tiny human kicks that enriched the soul. Truth is, that’s exactly what it was for me. I had a good pregnancy, sorry no, I had a GREAT pregnancy. Everything was basically textbook. My body took over and knew exactly what to do, all I had to do was stay sane. Which honestly was a lot harder than I thought…
I was five weeks out from a bikini comp. when I found out I was pregnant. And if I’m being completely honest, that was a hard pill to swallow, all my hard work down the drain in moments. But at the same time, I was absolutely thrilled I was growing a tiny human. So with the support of my coach Ali Round, I was able to reassess my immediate goals and put in place a structured plan to keep me on track/sane through pregnancy. My goals became focused on a healthy pregnancy, to eat for the nourishment of my child and to exercise for movement and blood flow.
My goals became more about my unborn child and less about me, and in doing so, I can honestly say I gained a whole new appreciation for my body. Pregnancy taught me to love my body in all in forms, to accept that it’s ok not to be the size 6 bikini body girl all the time, to love and honour your body for all that it is, rather than dishonour it for all that it is not.
Alice kept me sane in pregnancy, there were moments my communication became poor, but she kept checking in on me, reminding me regardless of this child taking over my body and being somewhat ‘stuck’ in a no-progress zone, that I had goals and these goals were just as important as any other goals I had previously, and to respect them.
I was able to exercise until the day I gave birth. Towards the end, admittedly it had slowed to a steady walk, but for the majority, I was still weight lifting and moving as I had always done, just in a modified way.
I then went on to have a textbook labour and birth, completely drug-free, natural and relaxed. Only gaining a small first-degree tear that did not require stitches. Again, my body took over and knew what to do because that’s exactly what it was made to do, it was my mind I had to gain control of. And I did exactly that. I can proudly say I gave birth to a beautiful, content, healthy happy 8lb 8oz baby girl.
I truly believe that by remaining with Alice through the entirety of my pregnancy rather than putting it all on hold, and continuously moving, exercising and eating to nourish my body, that I was able to have the positive, natural, unmedicated birth experience that I did. And now here we are six weeks postpartum, I have minimal weight to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back into my training. Honestly, I couldn’t be in a better headspace if I tried.
This little girl has completely changed my perspective on life as a whole now. And completely changed my ‘why’ when it comes to my health and fitness. I feel more balanced and aligned than ever before, and endeavour to be THAT positive role model for my daughter’s health and well-being as she grows up.
Carly, Team Round Client — Pregnancy