In May of 2014 I gave birth to our first baby. I continued to teach my Aqua Power classes till my 40th week. I actually was intending on teaching the day I went into labor...then realized I WAS in labor and probably needed a sub for that class. 25 hrs of rough/tough labor later and our beautiful girlie was here.
Because of the good physical and mental shape I was in, the physician allowed me to actively push for 8+ hours at the end instead of the 1 hr that a "normal" person would have been given.
I was shocked during the pregnancy process of just how little information I was given about diet and exercise. They gave one pamphlet that looked like it was from 1980 about eating those good foods from the government's food pyramid and to limit weight gain to under 35lbs. No help in addressing "good" diet and good exercise. Specific questions I had usually was followed with a questionable look on someone's face and one time had the Nurse searching through "Medical Books" to find any answers. When they couldn't give me an answer, they often just shrugged their shoulders and said, "oh sure" or " I don't know"...What?! That's the expert advice you are giving to expecting mothers? You tell them to eat well and exercise but give no guidelines? That bothers me. For someone that eats a specific diet and works out I just continued with those same things and modified as my belly grew. But what about those that need some guidance or initial information? Being pregnant is hard enough without feeling good for yourself.
So with all of that said, I want to again help and encourage others in their wellness goals. I say wellness because it isn't just about food, or exercises or stress reduction. It's also products that heal...spider tape, muscle balm, epsom salt baths...detoxing, stretching, good sleep, family and friends...and good wine. We're not animals we need good wine.
I'm proposing that we get it together. We move forward in feeling better and bringing along our friends and family. We'll start with some simple diet changes, and exercises along with group support. We have a general facebook page where we can share support and thoughts. Then we'll create a private facebook page and maybe several different pages that are private for more personal coaching. Then how about actual workouts on the site that you can play on any device in any location so there's no excuse?
As we move forward, note that we'll continue to update this site, and keep motivations on the facebook page. "Like" us over there to keep updated and let's start to feel better, look better, and be better!
Teri Lang Patterson
Certified Fitness Instructor & Coach specializing in Aqua Power Training, Kickboxing, Weight Training & Yoga.
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