Why I Will Hire a Trainer During My Pregnancy
Last week, I went to my first-ever personal training session. The trainer, I learned, is married with three young daughters himself and although he had no sympathy for me and my complete lack of abs after four giant babies, could at least somewhat understand how hard it can be for moms to get back into shape.
As I repped out some tricep pumps, I huffed and puffed my way through interrogating him. Being married to a man who hates working out, I couldn't imagine having a personal trainer for a husband.
“So did you train your wife through all of her pregnancies?” I asked, imagining a #fitpregnancy and maybe a bikini competition at nine months pregnant. He shook his head in reply. “Nope, my wife wouldn't let me.”
I guess being married to a personal trainer would be kind of annoying while pregnant, now that I think about it. I mean, let me live, right?
But my experience with having someone tell me exactly how and when to work out, for the first time ever, has completely confirmed that if I ever have another pregnancy, you can bet your boots I will be hiring myself a personal trainer.
I know that trainers are not cheap. But neither are the months of crying and dieting and buying new clothes when you can't find anything to fit. Neither is the amount of time you waste beating yourself up about your postpartum body or trying a new fad diet or buying the latest fitness product to try to lose weight.
The point is, sometimes, it might be worth it to invest in yourself while you are pregnant. Obviously, I don't think everyone should or has to hire a personal trainer while they are pregnant. Some women can do it on their own and some women may not gain as much weight as I do. But I know that for me, having four kids already, the trade-off of keeping some fitness level while I'm pregnant would pay off in the end, rather than starting from square one after pregnancy again.
I'm finally starting to learn that fitness just isn't about how you look — it's about learning to invest in yourself and learning that as a mother, I matter just as much as my children do. And in some ways, maybe even more, because without taking care of myself physically, how can I care for them too?
Would you hire a personal trainer during your pregnancy?