Two days ago, I had the wonderful experience of giving birth to my first child, a daughter. I had braced for the worst in regard to labor and delivery. However, things could not have gone better. I truly believe that my hard work in the gym and eating healthy played a large part in making the labor and delivery process smooth for me and my daughter.
On the day before I went into labor, I exercised as usual during my lunch hour and took a walk with my dog after work. I felt great physically. Brandon and I ate a healthy dinner, cleaned the house a bit :), and went to bed. At about 4 in the morning, my water broke and my contractions started immediately.
By the time I got to the hospital, I was pretty well dilated, she was in great position, and my contractions were regular. Several hours (and an epidural) later, it was time to push. It took me about 2 contractions to pop my daughter out. In fact, the Dr. almost didn’t make it in time. He basically ran in the room and caught my daughter … amazed that I had gotten her out that quickly. He and the nurse continued to remark how much it helped that I was in shape and healthy for the labor and delivery process.
About an hour after I delivered, I was able to get up and walk to the restroom. The next day, I was waking (in my heels – because they were the only shoes I had) around the hospital without any pain or tiredness, standing while visiting with friends, and feeling great. Now, it’s the second day after I delivered, and we have been home since early this morning, cleaning, trying to finish decorating the nursery :), and enjoying some quiet time while she sleeps. I am about to go on a walk with my dog outside while Brandon watches the baby.
So, am I completely immune from common labor and delivery battle wounds? No, not even close. But I really believe that I feel so good as a result of maintaining healthy habits during pregnancy. Do I already look great – No. I still have a large uterus that makes me look 5 or 6 months pregnant, but I know it will shrink in time. However (don’t hate me) I am already buttoning my pre-pregnancy pants 🙂
All that to say – do your best to maintain consistent exercise and healthy eating during your pregnancy. It will likely pay off for you! Best wishes on your journey to be healthy!