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Bellevue
8101 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221
615-646-9622
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Bellevue

615-646-9622
8101 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Today's 4:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Directions | More Hours

My Y Story: Kelley B.

April 2, 2019

We asked our members to share their stories and how the Y has impacted them. Below is Kelley's story:

Working out during pregnancy can be incredibly intimidating. With my first pregnancy I was so nervous and uncomfortable that I stopped going to the gym shortly into my second trimester.

I ended up with a lot of hip and back pain, and when it came time to deliver, I was more than ready. Unfortunately, I ended up with an emergency Cesarean section - not the plan I had in mind. It took a long time to recover from the C-section and to get back in shape after so many weeks of being sedentary.

When I became pregnant again, I discussed my options with my doctor. I did not want to have another C-section if I could possibly avoid it. There were many factors that were out of my control, but keeping healthy was one thing I could do. My doctor’s biggest advice was to stay active throughout the pregnancy, so I made the commitment both to myself and my family to get to the gym regularly.

The Bellevue YMCA came alongside me during this time. With amazing free childcare for my toddler, I had no excuse not to show up, and with a huge variety of classes to choose from, there was always something to do. I found that yoga classes improved my back pain and that I had more energy on days when I got to the gym. I became a BODYFLOW regular and actually improved my flexibility and strength. The group fitness instructors were incredibly encouraging, and they were quick to provide modifications that were safe for my baby.

I continued to exercise all 40 weeks of my pregnancy - I even attended BODYFLOW the day I went into labor. I was able to avoid a second C-section and delivered a healthy baby girl. I credit the support I received from the YMCA for helping me stay so healthy through the course of my pregnancy. My recovery from delivery was much quicker and easier because I stayed in shape.

- Kelley Babcock

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