I’m 22 1/2 weeks pregnant. I haven’t stopped training in karate. I’ve been asked a lot of questions…and a lot of people have the same questions. I figured writing a blog post might help someone else.
How long do you plan to keep doing karate?
Until I feel my body can’t do it anymore OR until my doctor orders me to stop. My doctor initially told me to stop at 20 weeks but when I saw her the other week I asked her to elaborate on why. She said she didn’t want me to be kicked…which I stopped doing when I found out I was pregnant. I now have her blessing to continue doing karate as long as I’m not being kicked.
Why don’t you take it easy and stop?
Because I’ve never been active in my other pregnancies and I gained WAY TOO MUCH WEIGHT. So far I don’t think I’ve gained anything. BUT, I can see my belly getting big and for once I feel like I look pregnant and not just fat. I was losing weight before I found out I was pregnant and I was finally starting to feel good about my body. I don’t want to get fat during this pregnancy. Also, I love karate. I’ve been doing it just about a year and I test for my green belt in a few weeks. I feel like I’m accomplishing something for myself rather than just raising wonderful kids. I’ve made friends and I enjoy it…so why stop if I feel like I can do it.
Aren’t you worried about the baby?
Honestly, no. I have had toddlers jump on my belly during other pregnancies (and this one too!). I’ve had to run after kids. I’ve had to pick up kids who shouldn’t have been picked up. There is so much protecting this little one in my belly….unless something MAJOR happens….then no. I’m not worried.
That leads me to something else I have to explain to others. I have modified what I do during karate.
I no longer jump…I don’t do anything that makes both my feet leave the ground (skip kicks included)
I don’t hold shields for kicking/punching.
I don’t do things that make me get up and down off the ground.
I don’t spar (this one kills me because I LOVE sparring!)
I don’t over exert myself.
I pace myself.
I listen to my body.
The best thing so far is that I have a wonderful instructor who was VERY supportive from the moment I told him I was expecting. He knows if he’s told the class to do something and I’m just standing there….that it’s because I’m not comfortable doing whatever it is he asked (like dropping to the floor…do a push up and jump back up). He continues to encourage me and he’s ok with me doing karate as long as I feel I can…BUT would want me to stop if the doctor told me to. He’s also willing to let me slide when it comes to the uniform. My karate pants have finally become too tight and I can’t wear them anymore. Knowing belt promotion is around the corner I brought up the subject about needing to wear white karate pants for the promotion itself…and I don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a bigger size…so he’s asked others at the other studio if they happen to have any old pairs laying around for me to borrow. He actually suggested I ask in Ladies Club but he beat me to it himself lol.
I hope to keep updating with more pictures from karate while pregnant. My belt promotion is in 2 weeks so I know there will be pictures from that.