Every now and then (or just often enough to make it moderately blogworthy) I come across some pregnant healthy living or running blogger who claims she was scolded or criticized for working out with a fetus inside her. Or that everyone stares. Or that she overheard someone talking smack in the locker room.
I just want to go on the record and reassure all of you that nothing like that’s ever happened to me. The only person at the gym who’s ever said anything remotely related to my fetus was this nice old dude who just seemed kind of amused that I was running. He gestured toward my belly and was like, “Running hurts my knees!” And that was the end of it.
So when people say their gym activities are scrutinized, I am sincerely baffled. I’m not saying these people are full of shit, but…I can’t think of a way to finish that sentence.
And I live in a state that’s not exactly known for being progressive ( HB1210, HJR-3, Richard Mourdock, this) or fit, so if people were going to get all preachy and judgmental about women being too active during pregnancy, I think Indiana would be a likely place for that to happen.
There seems to be a false perception, perpetuated by the internet, that pregnant women everywhere are catching shit for their brave, inspirational workouts. My (fat) gut instinct is that it doesn’t happen all that often in real life. But it’s so fun to get righteously indignant about the idea that people might be talking about you behind your back, isn’t it? We’re not. (Unless you’re doing gratuitous headstands at 40 weeks, in which case we are judging the fuck out of you.)
I think we’ve reached an age where pretty much everyone understands that a pregnant woman does not have to sit at home all day with her feet up sipping hot lemon water and hiding the abomination she made. (But don’t think this idea discredits my earlier #fatpregnancy and #transfatpregnancy posts! Indeed, the hashtags are meant to poke fun at those people who seem so desperate to demonstrate how fit they are, as if that title were being challenged. Donuts!)
If you’ve been pregnant, did you feel like everyone was staring you and judging you? Did people say weird or rude things to you about working out? I’m genuinely curious!
If you’ve never been pregnant, do you stare at pregnant women and judge them?
If you feel like reading any of my other obnoxious posts about being pregnant, here they are: