Healthy and Fit Moms

Nicole

About two years ago, I started doing small group classes with Sonja. In January, I had my first baby so my husband purchased a gift certificate for personal training sessions with Sonja to help me get back into shape. I was the matron of honor in my best friend’s wedding three months after the birth of my daughter (talk about pressure!), so I was determined to feel good about myself and fit into my dress.

I started out with a one-on-one session with Sonja, which I loved because she was able to tailor this session to my current fitness level and talk through my goals and the areas I wanted to particularly focus on during the course of my sessions with her. Over a six-week period, I did several private pilates sessions with Sonja, as well as small group classes, which involved high-impact workouts with a small group of 3-4 of us each week.

What I love about Sonja is that she uses several types of workouts to give you the best results possible – her work outs are like a bootcamp, pilates and barre class all rolled into one. She focuses on high-impact workouts while making them fun and creative! Not only is she an exceptional fitness instructor, but she is also friendly, knowledgeable and energetic. She inspires and motivates you to look and feel better about yourself in a positive, supportive and encouraging way.

Unfortunately, I just moved to Annapolis so I can no longer join Sonja’s classes. However, I’ve continued to use what I’ve learned from her today, and I’m happy to say that I reached my pre-pregnancy weight four months after the birth of my daughter. I can’t say enough about Sonja and the help she gave me to reach my goals and feel good about myself again! She is the best!

 

Meredith


My fitness journey to motherhood...
I am a 40 year old, active fitness fanatic who was pregnant and delivered a beautiful baby girl on March 5th, 2015.  I am sharing my journey for a few reasons.  First, my age. Second, my level of activity during pregnancy.  Additionally, how far into my pregnancy I continued my fitness classes and finally, my recovery after giving birth.


As a pregnant 40 year old, you are immediately branded high risk due to 'Advanced Maternal Age'.  A three word label that you are constantly reminded of for 40 weeks.  I never thought much about my age until at each appointment I was reminded about it and that I was not considered a 'normal' pregnancy.  Hmmm, I thought.  I will show them!  In my mind, age is just a number. 

I have always been healthy and due to a very flexible schedule, have been able to be extremely focused on my fitness/workouts.  I was able to attend 2-3 different fitness classes a day.  I vary my workouts to include Pilates reformer, Cycling class, Barre class, Pilates mat class and TRX class.  They are each unique workouts, as are the various teachers I take classes from.  I enjoy challenging my mind and body.  I was not going to let my commitment to fitness change during pregnancy.  I did not want to gain excessive weight, which I was very capable of doing.  What's a few bites (or pints) of Ben & Jerry's here and there?!?


I felt relatively good my first trimester (weeks 1-13).  I did have morning sickness, but would not consider it severe.  I was able to put the morning sickness to rest with working out.  I remember feeling very sick one morning, but getting over to the fitness studio for TRX.  I told Sonja I was there with the intention of taking class, but may not be able to finish class.  She understood, but encouraged me to do what I could, pace myself and stay the course.  I managed to do all 3 and felt so much better after class.  The sick feeling was gone and I had my energy back!  I promised myself from this point on that I would take each day of working out one day at a time and listen to my body.  


My body continued to allow me to take the classes I love and that challenge me.  Of course there were days that I was tired and didn't feel 'well'.  Luckily, the next day I would wake up feeling great and ready to go.  I credit my overall fitness to how well my pregnancy went.  I did not have high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and other pregnancy related health issues.  


When delivery time came along, it went very smoothly and it was fairly easy.  The doctor commented that I did not have the body of a 40 year old and did better than most patients in their 20s.  Because I trained for this major body stress up until the day before delivery, my body responded well to the challenge of birth and the recovery from birth.  I was surprised how strong I felt, minus the soreness in my lady parts and internal plumbing stoppage associated with birth.  I was in a barre class 8 days after giving birth.  It felt great to move around and experience a new body awareness after not being pregnant.  8 days is too soon for most, but I felt strong enough to go to class and knew my limits.  I did not push myself beyond what I thought was reasonable.  As a result, I went to TRX the next day, then Pilates mat the next and slowly resumed physical activity.  I feel great and can't believe I gave birth 3 weeks ago.   


This is my unique journey.  I encourage all pregnant women, women who are trying to conceive and women thinking about conceiving to stay active and keep moving.  Your body knows its limits, it will appreciate the movement and activity even during pregnancy!