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We hear so much about the benefits of being healthy and staying active during pregnancy so I thought I would show you a different side. The dark one. Come join me, and bring along a family-sized bag of peanut butter M&Ms.

Here are 4 reasons why it might suck to be a pregnant athlete:

We get competitive. If someone else does pregnancy better, then we will do whatever it takes to match her and raise her some arm definition and panel-free skinny jeans. Doing so could cost us a) really good food and b) our baby’s health. Also, comparing ourselves to others could result in unrealistic expectations during labour and delivery and therefore a really frustrating and disappointing childbirth experience. Why would we want to bring our little stinkers into the world under a dark cloud of “if only?” If only can fuck right off. Cheek bones are so overrated.

We might have to stop working out. If we already work out every day and then get pregnant, we can still continue our activities as long as everything is ship shape. If it’s not ship shape? If we get like, oh, a giant blood clot and hemorrhage like we’ve been shot 50 times, or if we get premature contractions, or have an incompetent cervix, we will get the big fat NO for our workouts. And that, my friends, is the definition of insanity. It’s better to not know what we’re missing.

We will probably treat the pregnancy like a game to be won, and the delivery like some sort of super tough aerobics class or ultra marathon. And it’s not. It’s all not. There are about the same number of similarities between childbirth and a marathon as there are between Jesus and Ghandi: they were both super nice and didn’t wear shoes. But I guarantee that no matter what religion you sign up for, you’ll be praying to all of the gods when it’s time to push out your baby.

We think that it’s all about teamwork.Β It can be sweet, you know, to have our partner in there, our best friends, our sisters, the new baby’s older siblings. But let me tell you, they are not on our team. They are our biggest fans, our support, for sure. But the baby that is coming out is about to tear through our pelvic cavity. Not theirs. There’s no goal keeper that saved a shot that got through our defensive line. Besides, that’s how we ended up this way in the first place.

If you’re an athlete and you get knocked up well then, great. Good for you. But don’t go getting all cocky about it, spending all your money on the next size up at LuluLemon and GapFit because chances are you’re going to bust through those bad boys in a hot minute. Because, life. It’s big, but not as big as your heart.

Did you ever run or exercise through any of your pregnancies?

I went into labour with Jake at 30 weeks and that was about it for me.

How much weight did you gain?

30 lb with Jake, 50 lb with Freddy, 35 lb with Katie, 30 lb with Callum

In labour with Jake:


In labour with Callum, 15 years later!


What is your favourite flavour of M&Ms?

Are all my “ou” usages bothering you Americans? πŸ™‚ <3





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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe March 4, 2016, 5:22 am

    I love the “ou” s. Sometimes I thrown them in myself by accident.
    I am very curious as to how I will feel/act when/if I get pregnant. I am wondering if everything will be AWESOME or TERRIBLE. There is no in-between with me.
    I bet you are the coolest pregnant lady ever with the most hilarious cravings. I already love pickles and ice cream, so I’m not sure what is going to happen to me.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 7:51 am

      I craved laundry detergent when I was pregnant with Freddy which is a phenomenon called “pica.” It’s when a woman is really depleted in minerals, and she starts craving crunchy dirt and soil. WEIRD. Freddy is the one with the blood disorder, so it’s eerie how that worked out. Interesting, hey?

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 4, 2016, 5:27 am

    I didn’t even notice your “ou” usages in this one!

    Loooooove the throwback pregnancy pic! πŸ™‚

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 7:50 am

      It’s a gooder, hey? πŸ˜‰ And I love the no smoking sign in the background. LOL

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns March 4, 2016, 5:48 am

    I love the “ou”! I try to sound fancy and change up my spelling like that because I prefer it haha. I like the blue m&ms..duh!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 7:50 am

      There are BLUE ones? How do I not know this? Maybe I don’t look at the colours. I’m in too much of a hurry to eat them.

  • Helly on the Run March 4, 2016, 6:55 am

    I love your “ou”s!!!
    I was a paranoid pregnant lady the first time around and my doctor didn’t help but only fed my paranoia so no, I did not exercise with my first. With my second, I had switched doctors to this awesome hippie lady who told to go right ahead and run and drink my soda and do whatever the hell I wanted. I ran/walked a 1/2 marathon at 15 weeks but then called it quits soon after.

    I wasn’t a fan of pregnancy. I don’t like not being able to do things.

    You look beautiful in both pics!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 7:49 am

      Yes, it totally depends on the doctor. I ran up until 30 weeks with Jake (my first) but then went into full-blown labour and stayed at the hospital for a while. I was given all the drugs to stop labour and they worked. A little too well. I didn’t have him until 7 days AFTER his due date.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 4, 2016, 8:42 am

    Love the pregnancy pics! Even though I’m nowhere near having kids I think often that I’ll cut back on running then. Only what feels comfortable, only easy, and like half the mileage I do now or even less. Or not at all if it’s not right. Every woman and every pregnancy is different, so it’s hard to say. Priorities, just like you pointed out, because that little baby comes before endurance and speed.
    Peanut butter M&Ms for the win. They’re the best, no question about it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 3:58 pm

      That sounds like a reasonable and sensible plan to me! I’ll babysit! And feed him/her ketchup chips and scones. Good Canadian grub.

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 4, 2016, 8:43 am

    Love those pictures of you! OMG I don’t even know what I gained back then! I went on the scale backwards, I just didn’t want to see it back then but pretty sure, if I had to guess, I gained around 40 pounds. don’t know for sure but I do know whatever I gained all came off and even a few more, I think, from all of the nursing and taking care of a baby….my workouts were quickly nonexistment aside from walking and swimming sometimes when I was pregnant. I couldn’t keep it up and it’s all good. raising my baby became a full body workouts for the first few years too! no gym days for me until my son was 3.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 3:56 pm

      I remember pushing the double jogging stroller uphill along the main road near our house while Jake hit little Freddy over the head with his toy dinosaurs and matchbox cars and I thought to myself, “What the hell am I doing?” So I sold that stroller (I called it the Volkswagon) and ended up just running on my own in the morning at at night after they went to bed. MUCH BETTER.

  • Tammy S March 4, 2016, 9:09 am

    15 lbs with Adam … and competitive… and still so mad I got an epidural! I felt like a failure! But me of all people should know better!!!!!!! My friend recently told me “no big deal – next time, just don’t one”. Uhhhhh… the grass is always greener right?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 3:55 pm

      I can’t believe how hard we can be on ourselves sometimes. Mothers are the worst for that. I think the 15 lb weight gain cancels out the con of an epidural anyway. πŸ˜‰

  • Heather@hungryforbalance March 4, 2016, 10:34 am

    I actually didn’t really work out a when I was pregnant with Matilda. I started walking a few miles a day in the third trimester. She was 4 days late and I was over it.
    You are so right about labor (or labour) NOT being a team event. John sat in the tub with me while I was in labor and rubbed my back (damn back labor!!!), but in the end, it was a solo event.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 4, 2016, 3:52 pm

      I wish I could have tried a birthing tub! I didn’t get the opportunity with any of my kids. They tried to stick me in the shower with my first and I HATED IT. The only thing that worked for me was sitting up in bed, rocking my hips around in circles and moaning. Oh and rolling my head around and around. But Callum’s birth was different. WAY. Too long to describe here.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 9, 2016, 3:18 am

    I read so many Canadian blogs, I don’t even see the ou’s anymore. Besides, depending on how this election goes, I might move there. I love Canadians. Plus McIntosh toffee, dill pickle potato chips and Coffee Crisps. πŸ™‚

    The no working out thing is no joke. The no sex thing even worse, although I’m not doing the comparison thing, mainly because I’m too miserable in my own skin to care. 7 weeks and counting. πŸ™‚

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 9, 2016, 7:54 am

      Ohhhh I so empathize with you on the no sex and no exercise thing, while being hugely pregnant. It’s the werrrrrst. You’ll get there though, and this will be but a blip (a big blip) on the radar of life.

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