Okay, so after being a certified pre and post natal trainer for the past fifteen years, and with over 1000 hours (after that I stopped counting) of training pregnant women I decided to spend some time this week dedicated to dispensing info for the new “Dads –To –Be” because no offense guys, but you have absolutely no clue! And we’re laughing about it behind your backs. I know you want to be supportive, so best to be informed before you open your mouth. Not to worry, first time moms, you can learn a lot too.
Today we’re going to talk about the biggest surprise of the first trimester to the “D.T.B.”’s, what I like to call the “she looks the same but she’s not” concept. Even though the baby is barely the size of a microscopic sea monkey, your spouse may be experiencing the following symptoms: shortness of breath, joint laxity and discomfort, clumsiness, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and fainting. And these symptoms can almost commence with conception. So guys, cut the ladies a little slack and check out the facts so you can understand these changes in behavior.
Blood volume nearly DOUBLES within the first trimester; the same heart you fell in love with is now pumping twice as much as it’s used to. Also, due to the growing placenta and fetus the woman’s metabolic activity increases, which translates to a lot more CO2 output for every exhalation. So the poor girl’s body is working twice as hard just sitting still; you’d be short of breath too!
Tune into tomorrow when we discuss “Hyper-flexibility” and “Joint Laxity” – FUN, FUN, FUN!!!