Laila Ali: Shares Workout, Says Labor Was 'Exactly What I Had Expected'
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In an appearance on the CBS Early Show last week, Laila Ali shared that she is "doing excellent" after welcoming her first child, Curtis Muhammad, on August 26. With the new baby — who Laila reports is "great" — at home with his proud papa, retired NFL player Curtis Conway, the 30-year-old first-time mom took the opportunity to share her birthing experience and her fitness plan during and after her pregnancy. A professional athlete, Laila stayed fit through her first two trimesters by hitting the gym about five days a week. Having previously shared that her workout routines were designed around her pregnancy, Laila told CBS morning anchor Julie Chen that she was "doing the elliptical for 45 minutes, walking for 15 minutes, doing lightweight training, [and] a little pilates." However, after seven months of steady exercise, Laila realized that "at a certain point, I needed to stop," and began resting up for the big delivery day. "[I was] making sure I was eating right [and] getting enough rest because giving birth is a lot of work and you need to have good energy," explains Laila, who goes on to say she "was prepared."
Only two weeks after giving birth, Laila explains that she was ready to begin exercising and getting back into shape. She alerted her doctor that she was "coming in for a check-up," hoping to get permission to return to the gym and start shedding the pounds. With a thumbs up from her doctor — and a warning to not "go 100%" — the new mom was ready. Now, four weeks later, Laila says that she is "in spinning and weight training" and agrees that getting back in shape is "a lot of work." Although Laila notes that she still has "about 25 lbs. to get off," she admits to wondering when her stomach will bounce back! Laila laughs,
"I always want to know when the gut’s going to come off. I guess that’s the last thing to go!"
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Determined to have a homebirth in order to be in "my ownenvironment, naturally, not with any medical intervention," Lailashares that her plans changed after the doctors found possibleabnormalities in her ultrasounds. "The months kept going on and I washaving ultrasounds. The doctor thought the baby might have a growthrestriction," says Laila. Under doctor’s orders to deliver her baby ata hospital in order to "monitor the baby during the birth," Lailaexplains that despite foregoing the original birth plan, everything was"fine because I wanted to do whatever was best for the baby." Stillchoosing "minimal pain medication," the labor was "tough," but "exactly what I had expected," admits Laila.
"Ourbodies are made to give birth. But it’s not the easiest thingobviously, so I had a long labor. Most women that have their firstchild are in labor for about 24 hours and that’s what happened to me.24."
In an effort to educate women on the "many options out there" when it comes to giving birth, Laila urges moms-to-be to watch Ricki Lake‘s documentary, The Business of Being Born."You need to just do your research. I just think that women need toknow that you don’t have to go to a hospital, you don’t have to get anepidural," says Laila.
Source: CBS Early Show