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Active Pregnancy

I did a pregnancy photo shoot (about 3 years ago) of this mama who, when I dared her to join the volleyball game, didn't hesitate for a second! She precipitously delivered five days later.

(I wasn't her midwife, but when her labor raced towards birth, she knew I was close by and called me. My former apprentice and I flew to her home, where she was alone in the bathtub. Her daughter was born into mama's hands about 5 minutes after we got there. Her midwife arrived not long after and her husband and son awhile after that. It was a lovely birth.)

(Can you tell I'm scanning pics?) 

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I try to encourage all of the pregnant moms that I meet to stay active during pregnancy, but it seems to be a hard sell for most! Our culture views the pregnant woman as an accident waiting to happen most of the time, and usually moms are encouraged to take it easy (too easy!).

I had a 5- hour long labor with my first baby, and I'd like to think that the BodyStep, Cycle, and prenatal swimming that I did helped me with that at least a little bit :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

We took a trip to Mesa Verde when I was 8 months pregnant with my second. It was hot as hell, and we were climbing up and down ladders around the cliff dwellings and chasing after my very active 4-year-old and camping and all that.

I did make sure I knew where the area hospitals were and printed out the driving directions and researched which one would be best equipped to handle a late preemie, but really, the hardest part about it was the drive down there.

Some people were really alarmed at my state, but several women came up and told me how great it was to see a (very visibly) pregnant woman out and about, living her life and doing normal things.

The thing is ... so many women lived and birthed there in the hundreds of years the cliff dwellings were inhabited. They could have climbed those same cliffs - not on a ladder but with toe- and finger-holds - until late in their pregnancies.

I also remember the janitor at work telling me I should take the elevator instead of the stairs and not walk so much. Ha!

In my first pregnancy, I tried to stay active, but I had really bad sciatica. In the second, I did prenatal yoga and lots of long walks with the dog and felt really good physically the whole time.

However, I had neither a timely labor nor a fast one either time. Oh well.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchingona

I was questioning this these past few days. DH and I are thinking about having another (possibly our last), meanwhile I'm walk training for the Susan G Komen walk for the cure which will be in Sept. I don't want to over do things while pregnant, and walk 60 miles in three days. But at the same time, I don't want to NOT do it.

It does drive me nuts that I'm excluded from fun things while pregnant by well meaning family/friends. Like a simple game of shooting hoops - not even running.

I really love volleyball and wouldn't have hesitated to play either!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermommymichael

I love the idea of an active pregnancy, but the push for that these days has gone so far that it seems like to take it easy in pregnancy is to "do it wrong". Unfortunately I developed symphysis pubis dysfunction and couldn't walk for most of my pregnancy.

As much as I agree that pregnancy doesn't inherently make you fragile or disabled, for some women it actually does, and we're looked on as weak or whiny or milking it (all things I was told).

Probably just yet another way to police women's bodies.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I try to stay active, but I just can't do as much as I'm used to. Drives me crazy being pregnant! I'd love to be one of those women who just carries on just as before, no matter how I try my body just isn't up to the same level of activity it was before.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimberly

My MIL was 2 weeks over due with all of her kids (4 weeks) and playing volleyball, hiking, etc. I don't know how she did it. I can barely waddle my way around.

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaia Mireles

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