Researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of Washington are conducting a survey research project about women’s exposure to exercise and high altitude during pregnancy.
Once I was through the first week of bliss with my daughter, the realities of my new body sunk in. I had spent a number of days in bed recovering from the birth, and otherwise didn’t venture out of the house until about Day 6. On that day, I walked about a block before pain turned me back. Though I was able to walk farther and faster as each day passed, I was discouraged by my reflection in the mirror and my inability to really move. My daughter brought me so much joy, but I felt that my body had betrayed me. I longed to run, to feel my heart pumping, to feel sweat on my back, and my feet hitting the pavement. I longed to feel lightness again. Instead I felt heavy, swollen and slow.
My discouragement went on for the first month until, funny as it sounds, I remembered I had just had a baby.
When I embarked on The Adventures in Parenthood Project, I had a lot of questions. A few of them had to do with wondering what I would be able to do in the outdoors and for exercise while I was pregnant. To begin finding some answers, I included a section in the survey I conducted, wherein I asked women questions about resources they were able to find on what they could do while they were pregnant, which activities they enjoyed, how supported they felt, and more. I won’t divulge into those statistics today (though I bet you’re wondering what I came up with!). But what I will get into briefly are my own thoughts on the topic now having the perspective of being pregnant myself.
Since the beginning, I’ve wanted The Adventures in Parenthood Project to provide some hands-on resources and a well-rounded scope of the challenges and circumstances unique to outdoor adventurers.
Some of these adventurous parents, such as Caroline George, are exerting themselves at very high levels. But they don’t often have a team helping them keep their own health in check, particularly their nutrition. Proper nutrition is an important key to staying happy and healthy in our lives, as individuals and as caregivers.