Moms Gone Strong – Biggest Myths of Pregnancy And Exercise


Today we’re going to be talking about
three of the biggest myths when trying to conceive and I’ve got Amanda Graydon
and Jessie Mundell here to help. So one of the biggest myths for women trying to
conceive is that it’s gonna happen quickly and I think Jessie maybe you
can speak to that a little bit? Yes. So often women think that they’ll
conceive within the first one to three months if they’re trying to have a baby.
And in my personal and professional opinion it’s really just not the case
for most women. For some it will happen right off the bat. But for most, six to
twelve months is actually a more reasonable guideline for how long it
could take to conceive and in my personal experience that was mine as
well. It was probably at least a year of trying to get my cycles more regular and
trying to conceive before we actually did. Right. And you’re fit and healthy and
how old are you? 27. 27, so again, people think you’re younger, you’re fit, you’re
healthy: it’s going to happen right off the bat, and that’s just not always the
case. Absolutely. And especially important to know, if you happen to be over the age
of 35: if it’s taking, say upwards of six months, at that point it might be useful
to seek professional help or make an appointment with your doctor just to
double-check that things are going along on cue and that you can conceive in a
reasonable amount of time. And I think the second biggest myth in that same
vein is that if you conceived quickly the first time that you’ll always
conceive quickly. Amanda, you’ve had three pregnancies, can you speak to that
a little bit? Yes, the first one went very quickly no problem at all and the second
one I think I was a little impatient just thinking it was going to happen
just like it did the first time, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going
to be that way. The third one was just as quickly as the first. It doesn’t
have to be the same each time. And there’s different things that can impact
that, right? Whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your stress levels,
exhaustion maybe from having other babies? That’s right, that’s right. And
possibly that was was a factor with the second one around because I was
tired with their first. So you want to consider your stress levels, your
activity levels, and other things that are going on in your life that could also
stress you out. Relationships, new family dynamics, and other things. Yeah, right? Because the body, there’s a certain amount of stress
that our body can handle and it doesn’t always know the difference between
stress from exercise, stress from lack of sleep, you know exhaustion, like you said,
different family dynamics. There’s a lot of things going on so I think it’s
really important to give yourself a little bit of grace during that time. And
again, the stress of wanting to conceive and feeling like you can’t, that can even
be part of it as well. So the third biggest myth that we found when it comes
to trying to conceive is women think that strength training when trying to
conceive is not safe. So, Jessie, you’ve trained, you’ve worked with thousands of
women trying to conceive and in pregnancy, can you speak to that a little
bit? Yes. So, as you said, tons of my clients and women that I’ve coached in
person and online have all been strength training during the time that they’re
trying to conceive and it’s not negatively impacted their ability to do
so. So strength training as you’re trying to conceive is absolutely safe and
probably more effective in helping you to conceive as well. So I often see women
who use exercise and strength training as a means of managing that stress level
that we’re talking about, whatever is going on in their life, at home, in their
professional world as well. And just really exercising and strength training
to set the body up to be able to have a comfortable, successful pregnancy I think
is one of the key components of exercising and trying to conceive. And
there’s a difference, too, between strength training and excessive exercise. I think
that’s kind of the big difference. So if you are someone who exercises a
whole lot and maybe you’re not able to recover from that exercise, that could be
something that might affect trying to conceive. But just good, healthy,
intelligent strength training should be no problem because you strength trained
before, during, after all of your pregnancies. So, leading up trying to
conceive do you feel like that was something that helped you kind of with
that? Exactly, Molly. I strength trained through all three pregnancies and also
leading into them, and I think the biggest adjustment to make is your
overall volume and intensity, not so much the fact that you need to remove
strength training. Strength training actually sets you up for a healthy
pregnancy the entire duration and helps your recovery after. So I think trying to conceive is the best time to continue and get started if
you haven’t in strength training to make for a healthy pregnancy. The
increased muscle mass, increased bone density, the good hormone profile that
comes from strength training, all of that stuff is really important because it –
like you said – it sets you up for the fit and healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy,
of course, you can still workout, but that’s not going to be a time where you’re
going to try to gain a significant amount of muscle mass or strength so to
have that stuff going into it, it just sets you up for success from the very
beginning. So guys, there you have it: the three biggest myths of trying to
conceive.

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