Iskra Lawrence Opened Up About Struggling to Work Out During Her Pregnancy
The model says her priorities—both mental and physical—are different now that she's expecting.
Last month, body-positive activist, Iskra Lawrence announced that she's pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Philip Payne. Since then, the 29-year-old mom-to-be has been updating fans about her pregnancy and the many changes her body is experiencing.
In an Instagram post shared over the weekend, Lawrence wrote that many of her fans have asked about how she's keeping up with her workout routine with a baby on the way. While the model said she is carving out time for exercise, she also admitted it's been difficult to adjust her routine, both mentally and physically. (Related: How Iskra Lawrence Is Inspiring Women to Put Their #CelluLIT On Full Display)
"Not gonna lie it's been hard," Lawrence wrote on Instagram alongside a series of photos of herself in a recent TRX workout class, when she was four months into her pregnancy (she's currently approaching the five-month mark). "My body feels different, my energy is different and my priorities are different. However, I've never been more aware of wanting to be in the best place wellness-wise because I want baby P to have the best home possible."
Continuing her post, Lawrence said she's been "taking it slow" with exercise and listening to her body's day-to-day cues to help guide her workout choices. "I've also made it a priority to protect my energy," she added. "Nothing or no one can make me stressed or feel any type of way right now because that energy feeds into my baby." (Here's how anxiety and stress can affect your fertility.)
ICYDK, a lot has changed when it comes to experts' recommendations about exercising during pregnancy. While you should always consult your ob-gyn before jumping into a new routine or continuing your usual workouts with a baby on the way, generally speaking, pregnant women have fewer limitations for safe exercise than in the past, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). As Lawrence noted in her post, the key is figuring out how to modify exercises based on your needs and knowing your limits so you're not pushing yourself too far. (See: 4 Ways You Need to Change Your Workout When You Get Pregnant)
As for Lawrence, she said she's still learning what works best for her body during pregnancy. But the expecting mama is looking forward to sharing her new discoveries with her followers: "Yesterday at 21 weeks, I had one of my best workouts yet," she wrote. "[I] still feel like I'm getting work in. My body feels strong and alive and I feel super accomplished."