I have always been a very active person. I taught high impact aerobics, some yoga and was an avid runner. I took pride in being fit and healthy. Spring 2014, I found out I was pregnant with my miracle baby. Due to a complicated miscarriage that happens in 1% of pregnancies, I was ecstatic to find out I was carrying a child of my own.
The pregnancy started off wonderfully, I had a permanent smile on my face. I lived on a steady diet of peanut butter and raisin bran, and of course I gained weight. I initially shrugged off questions about the due date of my “twins.” However, when I was six months pregnant, I became so large I could barely walk. I went from joking about my weight gain to concern. I was diagnosed with excessive amniotic fluid (polyhydromnois), again a rare condition that happens in 1% of pregnancies. When my son was born, I had gained slightly more than a hundred pounds and had significant diastasis recti.
I still remember putting on my running shoes after Landon was born. I took four strides before bursting into tears. My body ached everywhere, my joints could not bear my body weight and my lower back was on fire.
There was so much pressure to “get my old body back,” I felt ashamed. The traditional gym setting was not something I felt comfortable with at all.
I turned to my fitness background. I took Pilates, practiced Yoga and focused on functional weight training. I slowly started to relieve my pain, gain strength and a new found confidence in my body. I realized that I didn’t need to go back to the old me. I love the new me, the body that gave birth to my son, the super mama.
I felt a strong desire to share my story and help others navigate through the same struggles. MOGA was started as a non-judgmental place to connect with other moms, to share our experiences and find balance.