This yogini mama is in the final stretch of pregnancy! With ten days before my due date, I figured it was time to document my progress with a few photos.
I feel very fortunate to have continued to work out 5-6 days a week throughout my pregnancy. This has included sticking with advanced level three yoga and adding in prenatal yoga, tabada and boot camp style workouts, as well as swimming once a week for the last month.
It still sort of amazes me that I can easily pop up into forearm/headstand with relative ease. When I started progressing with my yoga I know it took months of practice to get there.
This is actually a bit of a before and after. The photo on the left was taken two years ago, when I had just reached my initial weight loss goal (twenty pounds at that time). The photo on the right is clearly me with those and more back!
This photo I took at two and a half months pregnant, with the kettle bells representing what I had lost (35lbs). Now I’ve gained that back, but if feel confident that I’ll get back to a new normal sooner than later.
Above you have the true before photo. I’m glad to that I ended up running my first half marathon several months earlier than planned for my training, which was conveniently a couple of weeks before becoming pregnant. I ran two 5ks early in pregnancy at 8 minute miles, but was glad to have had my first half behind me at that point!
I managed to stick with it running until over eight months pregnant, and stopped while it was still easy.
Overall our little guy has been a trouper throughout! Folks at the gym joke that he’ll come up running! At least this mama can catch up with him.
As I near the nine month mark of pregnancy, motherhood feels as though it has already begun. Our little guy may still be snuggled up comfortably in my growing belly, but he is already very much a part of our lives. We’ve got another five weeks, give or take, before he joins us on the outside world, but for now we enjoy his frequent thumps and pings to say hello.
I’d have to say that I am ever so grateful for my good health and fitness throughout my pregnancy. I even surprised myself with how easy it was to finish a 5k fun run two weeks ago (at 8 months and a week). I finished at a 10.50 mile/minute, which was far behind my first two 5ks while pregnant (both at 8 min miles), but I am so please to still be running so late into pregnancy.
I’m also still at the gym six days a week, modifying where necessary, but I’m still able to pop up into a headstand with no assist. I couldn’t have done that several years ago, so to do so pregnant feels pretty darn awesome.
Our little guy has been such a trooper with my exercise habits that we joke he’ll come out running. He’ll definitely start up with baby yoga soon and be running with me after it is safe to do so. Looking forward to it!
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