I have been dancing for years now. I’m not the best or strongest dancer out there. But I’ve always thought myself adequate and have thoroughly enjoyed dancing.
It’s definitely more of a struggle now.
Not only do I have the fatigue to plan for, now I have to re-learn how to eat before a performance. Well, re-learn how to eat period. Meals are no longer how much you put on your plate. They are now about half of what I would have eaten previously. Then I have to eat again an hour later. So this could cause problems on stage.
Exercise also brings on heartburn. So that makes things difficult. And I breathe much harder doing the simplest exercise. So I look like I’m panting instead of enjoying myself. Stamina is way, way down. And until recently, I had morning sickness periodically throughout the day.
After my first pregnant performance, I fell into a chair backstage. I was panting like I’d run a marathon instead of danced for eight minutes. But I’ve been told that I’m “glowing” on stage, so I guess that’s the trade off.
But I hope to continue dancing throughout my pregnancy. Belly dance is low impact and originally intended to firm and tone the muscles you need in child birth. Plus, I love it and wouldn’t want to just stop dancing. I’ll keep going until my body orders me to stop.
And while we’re on the subject of dancing, I wanted to post this from last night’s Dancing with the Stars. Give it up for curvy girl Amber Riley! She’s fierce!!!!! Who doesn’t love to see a woman with a figure show off her moves?