When I was pregnant with Little Dude (our first), I was still a professional photographer and shot weddings from 8 weeks to 35 weeks pregnant. I did cut back on how much I photographed that year, but I remember thinking “this is no big deal!”
Especially during the third trimester, wedding guests would come up to me and say “you are my HERO!” or “I can’t believe how easy you make this look!”
I had help when I needed someone to carry my gear and I had no fear or restrictions provided to me by my OB. All things considered, I felt like I was in great shape. Stories shared of pregnancy complications or preterm deliveries went in one ear and out the other.
For safety, I stopped standing on reception chairs to get crazy dance shots, and eventually stopped laying on the floor to grab another interesting perspective… but I didn’t change my pace or efforts.
Happily, I was able to participate in water aerobics a few times a week. I didn’t realize how beneficial being “weightless in the water” helped me until the very end of my 40-week pregnancy. I loved the exercise and it kept me feeling good!
This pregnancy I have only been to a couple water aerobics classes and I can tell you, I’m disappointed I haven’t been a more frequent student! Yes, I would love to feel stronger and more in shape right now. I look at Crossfit Mommas in absolute awe. At this point, I also am impressed with any pregnant lady lifting weights and busting out a sweat in ANY cardio activity… every time I encounter this I think “no two pregnancies are the same” and carry on with my modified exercise (usually walking the track).
When our son was little, I started to strategize how to step it up and be AMAZINGLY FIT for our next pregnancy. Last May and June I did Tony Horton’s P90X program to jump-start my “lean & mean” efforts. I had BIG plans to melt away the rest of the baby weight and even drop a few more pounds… then I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma. My 90-day exercise renewal plan was truncated into 60 days. And then I spent the next several weeks sitting around and healing. God placed a first-ever “break” from weddings that summer in my schedule – one I was immediately SO thankful for during my recovery! I finished up my wedding season strong (but not P90X strong… bummer!) and started my sabbatical (turned transition into being a SAHM) in October.
I have no regrets listening to God’s call of becoming a full time mom – JUST in time for this pregnancy. 🙂
The first few weeks of this pregnancy, I dealt with unilateral pain (so they checked for an ectopic pregnancy), I got sick up until my 16th week of pregnancy, then within days was put on modified bedrest for a couple weeks, and I am still following a lifting restriction. At 20 weeks we started praying for our baby’s kidney’s to even up in utero…
Needless to say, this pregnancy has been a lot more eventful and either physically and/or emotionally I know I wouldn’t have been able to shoot weddings and portraits in this condition.
I am SO thankful God’s vision includes a divine protection plan! I am slowly learning to ask Him for direction before I start something new and also to listen to how He wants me to handle commitments I am already engaged in. I’ve learned making my own plans just isn’t enough!
I wanted to share this Bible passage. It pertains to everyone, and I find it especially comforting for handling circumstances outside of my control. You can make plans but it will only get you so far…
Warning about Self-Confidence
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. – James 4:13-17 from the New Living Translation (NLT)
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