Today we bring you a bonus episode of the Momentous Podcast all about pregnancy, motherhood, and how those two affect lifestyle and fitness. This episode is guest-hosted by Sara Hendershot, Momentous Director of Marketing, Olympic Rower, and a soon-to-be new mom. Sara is joined by Mary Johnson, a running coach, athlete, business owner, and mother of a 1-year-old son. Being both driven athletes and businesspeople, Mary and Sara share their insights and experiences into the massive shift in life that is pregnancy and motherhood.
In today’s episode, Mary and Sara discussed how pregnancy can affect athletes, the changes they both noticed with pregnancy, and how this has changed their nutrition habits. They also talked about how having a child changed their personal life as well as their work-life, how to rebuild one’s body postpartum, and how structure can help you through pre and postpartum.
2:30 – Pregnancy & Athletes. “It’s hard to give up your body for 1-2 years because you’re creating a human. And I think it’s okay to be stressed and confused about that and I think that’s a topic that is not widely discussed.”
12:30 – Noticing Initial Changes. “I had a lot of nausea in the first trimester and the only thing that helped it was running. Even if I went on a 20-minute run, it was all I would need to not feel horrible by the end of the day.”
20:30 – Nutrition. “I normally have a sweet tooth but I developed a greater interest in more salty stuff so I’d rather have seconds than desserts – I didn’t want anything sweet. And as the pregnancy developed, everything became lemon. I ate everything lemon, orange, grapefruit.”
25:00 – Planning to Take Leave. “I had a good friend give me the good advice of: ‘Take 1 or 2 weeks more than you think you need to get back to work’ and I’m very happy that I did because by the end of it I was itching to get back to work.”
36:00 – Rebuilding Your Body. “You have to look at post-pregnancy in two pieces, I’m healing and I’m getting fit again. It’s two totally different things.”
42:30 – Structure. “I wouldn’t worry about the things you can’t control. Because you can’t control anything anymore, you have a baby. You literally can’t control if the baby is going to get a fever, if a tooth is going to pop out, if he’s going to poop out of his diaper.”
53:00 – Nursing. “It’s a two-way street and there will be a time where both of you are like, ‘Okay, I’m done with this.’”