Follow our Pregnancy Insider, the mum-blogger who tells it like it is. She lives in Farnham, runs our fab online platform at Busylizzy and is a big fan of good wine – she’s pregnant with her second baby.
I had been the owner and manager of Busylizzy Farnham for a year when we launched our Mums to Bee pregnancy classes in September 2017. The timing seemed rather fortuitous as I found out that I was pregnant around this time! Unfortunately, that pregnancy, and the next two, ended in miscarriage and it has felt like a long wait to be able to join in with Busylizzy pregnancy classes, having never made it beyond 8 weeks. I am now 14 weeks pregnant and can join in the fun. As I have finally made it to this benchmark I couldn’t resist sharing!
I have always been intermittently lazy and active! Over the past 18 months I have been in an active phase of my life and I’ve really enjoying running. I was running about 4 times each week and had completed a couple of half marathons. I listen to audio books whilst out and it has been my self-indulgent alone time. Annoyingly, during the early weeks of pregnancy, a 5k run was absolutely wiping me out and causing me to be utterly useless for the rest of the day! That combined with me being anxious about this pregnancy means that I haven’t run for about 10 weeks now and I’m risking heading full on into a lazy phase which I am very keen to avoid, so it was an absolute joy to be able to join in with the Busylizzy Mums to Bee classes.
The beauty of the Zoom classes is that there is a specific time that I had to be there to do the class rather than trying to carve out time to fit it in around everything else. The combination of working from home, a new puppy and a five-year-old can mean that it is difficult to work new things into the routine so letting my husband know that I would be doing a class between particular times was helpful (even if I did only remember to tell him 10 minutes before the class started).
I am involved in the running of the Zoom classes, so I think I confused Lucy and Vanessa a little bit when I was actually taking part in their Mums to Bee Yoga and Mums to Bee Pilates sessions, as usually I’m there as a co-host to admit members from the waiting room and here I was actually in fitness clothes with my mat and ready to go!
Both classes were wonderful – it felt so good to stretch everything out and just take some time to think about how my body was feeling and give it some attention! Both classes also ended up with my son “helping”… he curled up with me for Lucy’s relaxation at the end of Mums to Bee yoga (when he was supposed to be asleep in bed) and lay across me whilst I did the side plank during Pilates – I’m finding that pregnancy is very different when you already have a child. Despite my less than peaceful ending to the classes I could definitely feel the benefit afterwards – I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed the post exercise feeling that I’d become accustomed to pre-pregnancy. I now plan to seek out the bedroom door key so that I can lock myself in next time!
I haven’t yet managed to do any classes in Busylizzy Live, feeling somewhat guilty about carving out the time, but I definitely will be this week (and now that it’s in writing I have to make it happen). Ideally I would like to be doing some form of exercise 5 times a week as I know that I feel so much better for it, but we’ll see how that goes for me… I will keep you posted.