When I was pregnant with Emma, I wrote a post on “What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman.” Most of the comments I listed were things that guys had said to me in the gym. Phrases like:
- “So…are you not running as much anymore?” – Clueless guy referring to my tiny bump protruding at around 18 weeks.
- “So, I see you in the gym a lot training clients, but do you not have time for your own workouts?” – Obviously this guy thinks I look like I’m gaining weight, but tries to be nice about it.
- “Is that pudge?” – This time I was over 20 weeks pregnant, and a guy seemed to notice my bump for the first time.
- “Do you not do ab exercises much?” – Yeah, I really got that question at about 19 weeks.
This pregnancy, I can honestly say that I have not heard a single idiotic comment about my baby bump in the gym. I think the guys I workout with learned the hard way that they need to keep their mouths shut when I’m pregnant (especially since I can out-lift and out run most of them even when I’m with child 🙂
However, I am about to lose my patience with some comments I am receiving lately from women. Here are a few examples of comments I receive often. Perhaps I’m just overly sensitive and my lack of sleep and increase of hormones is the problem?!? Let me know what you think.
- “You are so tiny … are you sure your baby is big enough?” — Ummmmm, unless you are my doctor, which I’m certain you are not, why are you asking me a question like that. My doctor is 100% positive that I am measuring perfectly, and I have ultrasounds to prove it.
- “Is it safe to run while pregnant? Doesn’t your baby bounce around?” — Ugh, I have heard this one millions of times throughout this pregnancy and it’s getting old. Yes, it’s safe. Please read my blog.
- “Get some rest now because once that baby comes, you’re going to need it.” — Really? I hear this at least once a day. The truth is, I am not able to sleep in my third trimester because I am a stomach sleeper and Baby Boy goes CRAZY with kicks at night. After I had Emma, I was finally able to get a good nights sleep again. We were up a couple of times for feedings, but they were fast and then we were both back to bed. I cannot wait to deliver Baby Boy so I can get some rest 🙂
- “Are you sure you should be doing ab exercises while pregnant?” — YES, I cannot stress how important core exercises are during pregnancy. They help with labor and delivery and you will bounce back faster. Why would I neglect an entire muscle group?
- “If you want to induce labor naturally, you should take a walk around the block.” — Really? A walk around the block? I have run two 10Ks and worked out for a few hours a day for the past couple weeks. A short walk around the block will do absolutely nothing for me … I promise.
- “The baby will come when he decides he’s ready. Just be patient and enjoy the last few weeks because you will miss being pregnant once he’s here.” — False. On all accounts.
I went to the hospital again last night with strong contractions every couple minutes. The nurses thought for sure I was in true labor, but after few hours there, I was still stuck at 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I have an appt this afternoon to see if there has been any progress, but I am not optimistic. SOOOO ready to meet this baby boy!