Pregnant at 7 months is really starting to be interesting. As the third trimester comes, the body feels tired and lesser strength to move. No doubt, i told myself that i need to keep moving and exercise. I tried a little weight lifting still with small weights as part of my consistency since the beginning of my pregnancy. I managed to walk up a high hill in some old village in France. (Oh yes am proud of myself! )
In January 2017, my baby girl was born at a healthy 2.76kg. I started breastfeeding and had my postnatal diet. It was a natural delivery but because her placenta got stuck and broke into few stubborn pieces inside me still after she was delivered, I underwent a minor surgery which made me sore a few weeks. I could not continue with heavy exercises nor could i walk much. I was anxious if i could gain back my flat tummy in the shortest period as what i have seen from other bloggers/instagramers for the fitmoms. Lucky me that i did not have any stretchmarks (maybe because i was diligently slapping creams and oils all over during pregnancy). I began to understand my body and tried on slow exercises like brisk walking for 15mins a day for the start and increased my pace everyday and i concentrated to work on my lower back and core to prevent any future injuries because I need to do my chores and take care of my baby with no help (husband had to work). The joints in the hips and knee were still a little weak and it is important to do things slowly and not to rush on my regimental workouts.
I gained 11kilos throughout my pregnancy and i still had 4kg left to shed after 3 weeks post partum. But i am glad that from all those slow workouts i did, i managed to have a flatter tummy with less bulge and that was really a short time comparing to others who have to go through a few months. I count myself lucky for this and not just my daily workouts or unreliable postnatal diet.
5 months passed and now i am commencing my progressive pilates sessions again! It was a very exciting journey of pregnancy and how i had to be patient to regain back self confidence to accept my new body. No matter what, i will always be thankful that i had been given the most beautiful and healthy baby girl :)