Yesterday I ran around our estate for three hours, at times with a toddler on one hip, and other times pushing my toddler in our running pram and my three and a half year-old daughter on her bike as she gains confidence riding by herself.

I may be a sponsored mountain biker, but when I signed up for the “mommy” job I didn’t realise the extent of running around after kids. We could turn it into a new Olympic sport – “kid running”. I have visions of it being such a fun, entertaining discipline that it would put the Springbok rugby team to shame.

You may wonder why I’m talking about the sport of “kid running” to a group of women who would love to have kids, if not now, then in the future. There are two reasons.

Firstly, if you are not optimally healthy, or if you’re exhausted, perhaps overweight, and battling to function now – how will you run after your kids, play with them or keep up with them in the future if you can’t keep up with yourself now?

There are so many women I work with who are “just surviving”. I don’t want you to “just survive”. I want you to be full of energy and life. If pregnancy is your goal, let’s put it this way: just to be a pregnant woman requires athleticism.

What does this mean? Well, it brings me to my second reason.

To fall pregnant your body has to ovulate – this requires a tremendous amount of energy, nutrition and love. Then, to make a baby, your body needs to take your partner’s sperm and, through the incredible process of fertilisation, create another human being that has eyes, toes, and fingernails. All while you are completely oblivious, carrying on with your normal daily activities.

This process from ovulation to fertilisation and to implantation takes the equivalent energy of running a half marathon every day that you are pregnant.

So, did you run 21.1km today? Have you ever run 21.1km every day for nine months?  Well, you will, so to speak, when you are pregnant. Your body is essentially preparing you for the Olympic discipline of kid running.

Think of it this way:

  • Are you eating the nourishing foods to help get you through 21.1km every day?
  • Are you taking supplements that your body can actually absorb?
  • Are you resting enough to make sure you can get out of bed for another 21.1km tomorrow?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then maybe that’s part of the reason you haven’t fallen pregnant yet. Maybe it’s time you need a coach.