As you know by now, my name is Chantal.
I’m a Pacific Northwest mom of one currently pregnant with my second child. I started this blog in hopes that it would supplement my career as a NASM certified personal trainer.
However, my goal of becoming a personal trainer has been sidelined for a bit since I became pregnant with this baby in April. I started my certification course with the intention of starting work as a personal trainer in late 2017. Not long after, I found out I was pregnant.
This wouldn’t be a big deal for most people, but for me it’s scary and even a little disheartening at times.
During my last pregnancy, I had severe hyperemesis gravidarum. It’s like having morning sickness that won’t let up. For anything. It left me a vegetable in bed for the better part of 6 months, and it required that I go to the hospital more than once for dehydration. It wreaked havoc on my muscles, which turned to mush after being bedridden for so long.
As though a rough pregnancy wasn’t enough, things ended in an emergency c-section 9 days after my daughter’s due date. That was a huge disappointment and it left me feeling incapable of doing what a woman’s body should be able to do.
To top it off, I spent the better part of 2 years following my daughter’s birth fighting the baby blues that had turned into postpartum depression, which turned to plain old major depression.
My body continued to deteriorate as I stayed a stay-at-home mom. I was disappointed that my transition into motherhood wasn’t smooth, but I knew that I needed to take action. So I went for the drugs.
My doctor prescribed a helpful antidepressant, but I couldn’t help but feel there was more that I could do without drugs. So I started on a health/fitness/weight loss journey to help me cope.
Somewhere in this time, I decided that I need health and fitness to be a part of my every day life. So I decided to make a career out of it.
After learning that I was pregnant this time around, I let it scare me. A lot. I have had quite some nausea and have had to take a break from the gym. For awhile I let myself get discouraged. But my goal is to not give up completely. Enter Ironwild Fitness. 🙂
So while I am not yet certified (hopefully soon) and hadn’t planned on launching this blog until then, I hope you enjoy following the journey.