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I trained on Friday and gave birth on Monday

Dec 06, 2016
Ashley Ann Lawrie

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About a year ago we featured client Amy Munro. At the time, the 39-year-old was five months pregnant and still hitting the gym three times a week. We recently caught up with her to talk about fitness and motherhood nine months after giving birth to son Spencer.

Amy in fact trained right up to her delivery. She trained on a Friday and then had to miss her Monday session because by that time she had gone into labour.

Looking back, she believes maintaining that routine of fitness was the best thing she could have done.

“I felt great,” she said. “I absolutely feel it contributed to my energy level, to the agility of my body and my recovery. I had very little weight gain outside of the baby and it was very easy for me to lose it.”

It all comes down to adapting how you train. Amy didn’t attempt to reach any new milestones while pregnant. Even by five months, her program had downshifted to focus on maintenance, to maintain the strength and agility she had already achieved.

“It was good to hold myself accountable and make that time at the gym no matter how far along I was,” she said.

After the birth, she took a three-month break before easing back into it. By that point, she was itching to get back, for the physical and mental benefits. The key was not to wait too long before resuming her old routine.

“It’s hard as a new mom, but the faster you get back to it, the easier it is,” she said. “There’s tons of excuses you can make about why you don’t have time, or the energy, but you can find a way if you really want to.”

For Amy, that means working out in the morning.

“That’s essential for a mom,” she said. “As the day goes on, it becomes that much harder to squeeze in a workout. By the time you get a child in bed and sit down on the couch you won’t be thinking about going to the gym. The time of day makes a big difference for me.”

Nine months after giving birth, Amy is even leaner than she was before her pregnancy. It’s all thanks to keeping herself accountable, in the gym and in the kitchen. While she never did suffer from the cravings that some do, she quickly found out how easy it is to add extra pounds while pregnant if you lack discipline.

“If I had a penny for every time someone said, ‘come on, you’re eating for two, go ahead and have that second piece of cake or that bigger piece of pie.’ You do need more calories while pregnant and while breast feeding, but you just have to be careful about how much and for how long before cutting back again.”

She couldn’t have done it without the support and expert coaching of trainer Ryan Brown.

“The trainers at Free Form Fitness are wonderful at catering to what your capabilities are – you can really trust this team to always put your safety first,” she said. “There’s no reason to be afraid. A good trainer can shape the program around your limitations at any stage of your pregnancy.”

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