Summer Exercise for the Pregnant Athlete

Welcome to the dog-days of summer. During pregnancy, body temperature is naturally slightly elevated. Add in soaring summer temperatures, and outdoor activity and exercise can be a significant challenge. I've hung up my running shoes for the rest of this pregnancy and am instead getting my exercise in alternative ways including walking, swimming, hiking and yoga. My …

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2015: Year of the Scenic Detour

As 2014 was drawing to a close, I was in a frantic routine of working to finish my PhD, applying for the grueling academic job market, and putting in long miles in the dark winter mornings of New Mexico. On those quiet, solo headlamp-lit morning runs, I found myself eagerly looking forward to 2015 as …

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New baby, new [blog] direction!

This blog has thus far chronicled my adventures through pregnancy, and the ways I kept physically fit while “with child.” John and I were happy to welcome our daughter, MariaElena, into our lives in early August, and have spent the last four weeks in a whirlwind of emotions, excitement, learning, loving and exhaustion. First, a …

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Hot Mama: The pregnant “glow” is a wildfire hazard

As summer starts to settle in, the temperature is rising.  I knew this was coming; in fact, all winter long, I was secretly looking forward to the days when all I would have to do was throw on a sundress and sandals and head out into the sunshine.  Now, instead of loving the sun warming …

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Preparedness: Weeks to go move into single digits

Preparation.  The word conjures up lists, planning, expectation, excitement, goals, and work.  I think of this word in a few realms: athletics, academics, and, recently, to the imminent arrival of the baby I’ve been toting around inside of me for the last 31 weeks.  Yep, that is correct: I am statistically 75% of the way …

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Public perception – and reactions – to activity during pregnancy

Walking from the backpack cubbies into the climbing gym has become an avenue of double takes, elbows and the ever-subtle chin-point.  If the slightly rumpled, chalk-dusted, lithely muscular patrons of our climbing gym managed to take in my strange-looking body harness without pause, my now 25-week pregnant belly is impossible to ignore.  I admit - …

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