First-Time Mom Hits Back At Critics Who Shamed Her For Working Out 6 Days A Week While Pregnant

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

“Pregnant, not powerless” might be one of the better mottoes we’ve ever heard about expectant mothers!

Sarah Holden is an extremely athletic fitness coach who got slammed by commenters after posting photos and videos of herself working out while pregnant with her first child.

She apparently continued to exercise six days a week until she was 40 weeks pregnant — with some important modifications. “I tried to train every day, with one rest day,” Sarah explains, “but didn’t put any pressure on myself. Instead of my usual 90-minute training regime I would see how a 30-minute session would go.”

Sarah also lessened the resistance and strain she put on her body during all those sessions. Remember, this is a woman who makes a living as a trainer, so she knows what she’s doing.

But that didn’t stop the concerned and downright rude comments, both online and in the gym. “One guy even came up to me on the gym floor and said ‘you shouldn’t be working out, you could harm the baby,'” Sarah recalls. “I was pregnant, not powerless. He didn’t know what he was talking about, so I just told him that I know my body and it wasn’t really his business.”

Turns out, Sarah knew exactly what she was doing. Her baby boy Kayson was born just over 7 lbs. and is perfectly healthy.

“Obviously everyone is different and there can be health problems during pregnancy, and if you experience this you can’t train,” says the new mom. “But comments like the ones I received could definitely put someone with no health problems off exercising while pregnant.”

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