Ana Yagües BJJ

Topic: BJJ&Pregnancy

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The Comeback

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!


Last stage... what to do now?

34th week of pregnancy. I stopped training BJJ 4 weeks ago at the 30th week. I haven’t wore my Gi for 4 weeks now and I miss it badly. But the size of my belly makes impossible to continue practicing BJJ.

The belly is not only in between me and my training partner, but it is also in between my right and left arm, my upper and lower body. It is in the middle of everything.

Many times I didn’t feel the belly, you get used to it, so when I was sitting on the mat in one of my last trainings, listening to the trainer explaining the technique, to the command “let’s try” I was so ready to start practicing as everybody else, forgetting for a moment about my pregnancy but falling back into reality in the very moment I try to stand up. The small movement of bending your upper body over to get up reminded me quickly that it was not so easy when you have about 6-7kg concentrated on a single spot, right in the middle of your body. Not to talk about trying to do the technique itself.

I said, I would continue as long as I can. Well, the moment had reached in which I couldn’t any more.... at least not actively on the mat.

But what do I do now, except for eating Ben&Jerrys 24/7? 



5 sweet sour Reasons to keep training

27th week of my second pregnancy, 13 more to go... and keep training! Though every day there are less things that I can do, though it is frustrating to not being able to close properly a triangle any more and to have to support on the knees to do push-ups, though I had to deal with people's well-intentioned but boring advices about stopping training on a daily basis.... I don't give up. Not yet, soon enough, but not yet.

Why? These are some of the reasons:


A pregnant view of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Being pregnant is a wonderful thing, a beautiful experience that every women should have at least once in her life. It is an amazing period of life which comes with lots of excitement and incredible feelings. Being pregnant is also a pain in the ass. If for a common women the truth is that being pregnant is a wonderful and difficult experience all at the same time, try to imagine what it means for a BJJ fighter (actually any kind of fighter)




Superwomen? - They don't exist

Putting on the coat and the gloves while shutting down the computer at work, taking breakfast in the train on my way to work or answering e-mails while walking to the academy (this requires peripheral vision and quick reflex in order to dogge people and objets while typing on the iPhone), are some of the details that make work the kind of life I chose to live. Saving time from everywhere.


Many people ask me how I manage to do all what I do. So first, what do I do? I work as physicist at the University, I train and compete in BJJ, I help my husband running a BJJ academy and I am a good wife and even better mum (or I think so)


Well, as I have clearly said in other occasions, it is a matter of 1) setting priorities, 2) organizing yourself and 3) loving what you do. There is not such a thing like superpowers ;)

Yes, easier said that done... this little article is not about the theory, it is about practice and how I organized my life to get it. 




BJJ Baby Boom - Marķa & Gina on Interview


It has been a very long time since I last wrote in this blog. Being a worker, mum, BJJ fighter and competitor is not easy. It is not easy and nobody claimed it was. It requires sacrifice, good organizing skills and very important, a supporting family or team (even better, both!). At the end, it all comes down to priorities. When you learn to set your own priorities, you can take back control of your life



Angie, another BJJ mum on the way

Angie, another BJJ mum on the way

Angie is not an average spanish girl. Yes, she is pretty, has dark hair and eyes and I bet she likes to party and be with friends, but she is definitely  not a common girl. She is a fighter, a BJJ blue belt, and she is now pregnant too. Her story reminded me of my own one, and now I write about her to show everybody that I am not a rare case: combining  BJJ and family it is perfectly possible!

Here she tells us a little bit about her pregnancy and how is she dealing with this new situation in her life from the point of view of a BJJ practitioner.


Gisele, growing up on the mats

A collection of pictures of Gisele within the BJJ world. Since she was born on April 6th 2010, she has been in more than 8 competitions, reached podium in all of them, traveled to Spain to train with ASES Valencia and Gracie Barra Sevilla, to Barcelona for Copa Reus, to Hundary to train with Gracie Barra Budapest, to Lisboa for the EM 2011, Amsterdam for a BJJ Open and London for Abu Dhabi Trials, amongst other competitions. She loves to be on a mat and to listen hiphop music. These pictures show that maternity and BJJ are possible! For more details, read the pictures' captions


Ana&Gisele in "The Helicopter Armbar"

Well... no comments about it. I was just playing around. Click on the pic to enlarge and enjoy learning BJJ with Ana&Gisele in comic format!




I got it:back to 57.5kg!

Don't ask how I did it because I am not quite sure myself, but I got it! I am down to my old weight, or almost. I am 57.5kg since yesterday.

I stopped being the balloonfish as “sweetly” some of my trainingmates called me since I got pregnant...

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