Taking time for myself

Bri's Story

Meet Bri, a mom of 2 with her third on the way! She's run everything from marathons to obstacle courses, 200-mile relays to crazy long-distance trail runs. To her exercise is sacred time to take care of herself and her health, and there's nothing selfish about that -- and that's the message she wants to share with you!

What was the biggest pregnancy exercise myth told to you that you know (or now know) isn't true?
The advice from my mom's generation had always told me to not lift anything, to cut back on running, and to make sure I was eating for two. This is advice I listened to with my first pregnancy because I wasn't fully educated on it myself and took the word from "experienced" moms. This was also the most difficult pregnancy to jump back from because I was out of shape and my eating habits were very unhealthy.    

What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant? 
With my first pregnancy, I was 2 years out of college and took those 2 years off to relax after being a collegiate soccer player. Exercising was not something I wanted to do...Crazy, right?!? Before my 2nd pregnancy, I had gotten back into running and had completed 3 marathons, Obstacle Course Racing, 200+mile relays, and would go for a run on a daily basis. I had yet to really incorporate strength training into my routine, which is something I started doing after my second baby was born. Before my current pregnancy (my 3rd!) I completed another 2 marathons, a 50K trail run, and was doing strength training 5-6 times a week. 
What does your exercise routine look like now?
At 27 weeks pregnant, I am running 1-2 times a week (usually 2-3 miles at a time) and doing strength training workouts twice a week. I also do as many other things as I can to stay active during the day: I'll park in the farthest away parking spots, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and take the long way around my school building during the day rather than the fastest route :)    

What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
I think my biggest challenge is wanting to nap rather than workout! 

How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I know that my energy increases after a workout and I'm just happier once I get my sweat on. These workouts are MY time to decompress, clear my mind, and just feel better. I used to feel so guilty about this, but when I am able to focus on my health and fitness and fill my bucket, I am better able to give to my family and in turn fill their buckets.

What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
It is not selfish to take time for YOU. You will feel better physically, emotionally, spiritually. A drained mommy can only give so much.

Do you use Baby2Body? Feel free to share any thoughts or experiences you’ve had with Baby2Body so far.
I do and I love the daily tips and guidance. 

Final thoughts: 
I love the Shape Your Pregnancy mission and I think it is so important to get momma's moving. It's truly about creating lifestyle changes that will hopefully trickle down for their kids to follow. Bringing health into the Home :)