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I started this blog when I got pregnant for first time 4 years ago. My aim was to find a way to live BJJ outside the mat during the last months of pregnancy and to share my experience with other BJJ practitioners, specially women who were also pregnant or intend to have a family one day and were skeptical about the compatibility of being a mother and a BJJ fighter. I wanted to show that it was perfectly possible since I was going to do it!
Since then, I am proud to have not only reach my goal of combining both: motherhood and BJJ, but also have helped a lot of women who addressed me for advice. And I even got so confident with myself in this multitasking role that I dare to have a second child!
Only in the last month, 4 BJJ female practitioners that I know directly (or indirectly through friends) got pregnant and contacted me. It is simple statistics, with BJJ growing up exponentially, every day there are more women practicing this sport which means more women getting pregnant and having doubts about how to deal with training during pregnancy and what it is even more important (since pregnancy doesn't last forever) what it comes afterward, when pregnancy is over and baby is here...
How soon after giving birth can you go back to the gym? how long do you need to be able to fight again? Which kind of exercises do you start with? what about a diet to get back into shape?... They are only some of the many questions that go through every pregnant women's mind, and many of them ended in my mailbox. BJJ is growing up, there is not doubt about it, but it is still a rather unknown sport. Most of the doctors and midwifes have never heard of it before and are very, really very, reluctant about it. Mostly they just forbid you to train during pregnancy and don't let you start at least 3-4 months after delivery, if at all.
So women get frustrated and either they accept it and stop doing BJJ or they end up looking for advice from other women who may have already experienced all this situation before. Like me.
So this article will be like a diary of how I did AFTER this second pregnancy (there are already enough articles in this blog about what to do DURING the pregnancy)
I will write as detailed as possible, step-by-step, what I did from the day my second babygirl Anais was born until the first competition I get to fight. Instead of writing different articles on the matter, I will update this article every couple of days/weeks, so that in the future it is easier for women looking for advice to find the answers they are looking for in a long but single detailled article.
I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!