As you know, I’m a huge advocate for a healthy and fit pregnancy. I’m a firm believer because I know that’s what made my pregnancy and labor so much easier. I was only in labor for four hours, having just power walked three miles the day before with my dogs. I worked out consistently and ate healthy throughout my entire pregnancy. And even towards the last couple weeks when I wasn’t lifting weights, I was still going on brisk power walks everyday. It kept me from going stir crazy waiting for her to arrive, and I also knew that the benefits of keeping active were crazy good. Just as a side note here, I think it’s important for me to say that before I was pregnant, I was lifting weights and doing cardio everyday. I don’t think it’s a good idea to start these things once you become pregnant if you weren’t already doing it. You should start very easy and work your way up, always keeping in mind the way you’re moving, and your heart rate which should never get too high. There’s so many benefits of a healthy pregnancy like returning to your pre-baby body faster, and easier delivery, and a lower risk of gestational diabetes, just to name a few. I’m going to talk about my personal fit pregnancy journey, and share some tips about how you can easily do the same thing.
So now you’re probably wondering how you can manage to still do half the things you used to do in the gym while you have a big belly. Well it’s a lot of compromising movements and honestly just doing away with some exercises. Obviously in the beginning of your pregnancy (the first trimester), it’s important to be very careful with everything you do. It’s a delicate time for your developing baby, and you’re probably not feeling too hot either because of morning sickness and fatigue. Honestly, I barely did anything other than walk around because how awful I felt. So just use this time to take care of yourself and eat really healthy foods. Personally, as soon as I hit 13 weeks I felt great. The sickness stopped, and I was energized, so I took full advantage of it and started hitting my workouts again (with small adjustments along the way). The point it, when you feel ready, energized, and healthy, go ahead and resume your workouts. In addition to this, there are just some days when you’re too exhausted…go ahead and listen to your body and just relax and sleep.
A good piece of advice I can give is to stop doing core workouts after week 12 or 13; this can actually cause diastasis recti in the long run, and make it worse. For me, I focused on lower body workouts, strengthening my pelvic floor muscles. I also did upper body equally in preparation for lugging around a baby in a carrier. And on my days where I just wasn’t feeling it? Prenatal yoga. I recommend taking a class by an instructor who is certified in this specific kind of yoga.
Being healthy and active throughout pregnancy is only beneficial if it is done in the right way. Consistently exercise and eating healthy will make it a million times easier to get your body back to where you want it to be. And when you’re healthy and happy, so is your baby. The idea here is to be the best version you can be of yourself for your future and the future of your little one.
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