Some expecting moms are keeping up their fitness routines throughout the pregnancy even up to the day they give birth.
Virginian Darragh Frye went to the gym at 5:30 a.m. on the day her c-section was scheduled. A few hours later, she’d done a workout and had a baby. She says the hard work paid off when it came to losing the baby weight.
“It was really important to me to exercise all throughout both pregnancies. I decided, you know, I’m going to go until the day I was due and I decided I was going to be off my feet for about four weeks, so I wanted to get in one last workout,” said Frye, who has a toddler and a newborn baby at home. “I definitely maintained a healthy weight with both pregnancies. Then losing weight after the pregnancies – it’s definitely been a lot easier, because of the exercise. Right now, I’m post five weeks, and I’ve lost almost all of the baby weight. I’ve got about seven or eight pounds to go.”
We asked her if she got any criticism for her choice to workout and lift weights.
“You have some moms that kind of look at you like what are you doing?” said Frye. “And especially, like the grandmas and great grandmas would look at me like she’s crazy.”
But, Frye says she stayed in constant contact with her doctor, who always knew what she was doing. She says her coaches also kept a close eye on her to make sure she was safe.
"I never set out to lift a PR or something like that,” said Frye. “I always was just trying to like maintain. I never tried to lift something I knew I couldn't lift. Or with endurance and being pregnant, you know, it's hard! So, if I was out of breath or I felt uncomfortable doing an exercise, you know I stepped back and took a drink of water and kind of relaxed.”
Darragh delivered a healthy baby girl and as soon as her doctor gave the OK, she was back to the gym. She says the gym is a way for her to release stress and stay fit. And she definitely recommends working out during pregnancy to other moms.
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