8 Confessions of a Pregnant Filmer // Pam Nixon
By awesome pregnant gal, guest blogger and Team Film member Pam Nixon
I am just over halfway through my first pregnancy. Before I was pregnant, I loved speed workouts, boot camp classes, squats, spin classes, running as fast as I could uphill and cookies. It is safe to say my workouts have changed in the last four months. In case any Filmers out there are wondering what effect a pregnancy will have on their fitness, here are a few true confessions:
- The doctor told me it was great to keep doing the same workouts as long as I kept a conversational pace to ensure that the baby and I are both getting enough oxygen. Sometimes when I get really into a song on my playlist, I worry that I might be going too fast. Result: to test my oxygen, I talk to myself on the elliptical or treadmill to see if it is conversational enough. I am that girl at the gym.
- I eat a lot of snacks now. Recently, a chocolate chip from my granola bar fell down my shirt while I was eating. I stood up, shook my shirt around, and didn’t see it fall to the ground. I figured it must have gone somewhere since I couldn’t find it. When I went to change my shirt at the end of the day, I found melted chocolate. My belly is big enough to stop gravity. This is a big deal.
- A real quote from me to a pilates instructor: “I finally just realized, why would I spend half of your class working my abs if I don’t even have abs anymore?”
- I have always loved to run with my dog, but even more now. It’s nice for him to get to have some fun, but it’s even better for me to have a buddy who I can pretend needs to stop and sniff things when I start to get tired.
- Underappreciated side effect of not wanting to go too fast on the elliptical (see #1): I can now start my elliptical workout, balance myself and paint my nails, let the polish dry while I am moving those arm things back and forth, and have perfect nails when I leave the gym.
- I have almost peed my pants on the Monon Trail. Sometimes a growing baby, organs, morning Starbucks and three glasses of water to try to rehydrate from the Starbucks don’t like to all be in the body at the same time.
- People like to use the phrase “eating for two.” I sometimes put a very normal amount of food on my plate, and when people comment that it’s okay because I am eating for two, I wonder what they said about me when I was putting that much food on my plate when I wasn’t pregnant. Living my film is probably never going to include small portions.
- I am so lucky because I have felt great throughout this whole thing. When people say, “How have you been feeling?” I get to say, “Great!” This is a teeny bit of a lie. I feel very, very pregnant every single time I get to the top of a flight of stairs.
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