Feeling Guilty About Weight + Exercise During Pregnancy?

Six week ago, I wrote this blog post on weight during pregnancy. I hadn’t heard many people talk about the pressure to NOT gain weight during pregnancy so I wasn’t all that surprised when you guys agreed with my sentiments. I decided to turn my blog post into a video and add a few things that some commenters brought up that I hadn’t thought about!

So, just how much weight should you gain during pregnancy?

When it comes to exercise, I shared this photo on Instagram this week at the gym along with me workout while being 40+ weeks pregnant. I didn’t share this picture to shame other pregnant people who are not working out past their due dates, like I didn’t write the weight gain post to shame women who gain less than the recommended amount. I keep seeing people tag their friends and I hope it is for inspiration not to shame each other. I simply shared it to motivate others and realize that pregnancy is not an excuse to stop treating your body how you usually do!

working out at 40 week pregnant

I have felt great the entire time during my pregnancy. I like working out. The gym is my me time. When LittleFit arrives, that me time is going to disappear for awhile so being able to still go is something I enjoy doing.

People have told me to “take it easy” my entire pregnancy and even more so now. Considering how good I’ve felt these past 10 months, I’m pretty sure whatever I did/have been doing is just fine. We won’t know for sure until he is born but my doctors haven’t given me any sign otherwise.

I also write this blog and have a fitness YouTube channel for a living. I stopped teaching weeks ago so really all I have planned for this week is to give birth! I have the time to workout since he is in no rush to arrive. I don’t have to be at work at 8 or 9am and work all day. If I did, I doubt I would have the energy to be going to the gym before or after work. Going to the gym essentially, is my job at this point. It gives me something to blog about! If I were to sit on my couch all day and watch Netflix, it wouldn’t be a very “fitness” inspired business.

I only share this because I don’t want to me a mommy shamer. I don’t mean to put down other women. We are all trying to do our best. I have shared my journey hoping to inspire, relate or inform other women in my position. I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad about not working out, gaining too little or too much weight.

What are your thoughts? Has pregnancy taken on a FitSpo mentality of it’s own lately due to social media?

Read the original blog post here.

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