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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