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How to Workout While Pregnant
November 9, 2015
Just because you are growing another human being doesn't mean you can't continue or start an exercise routine to keep you and baby healthy. Below are some of my tips on how to get started, what to do, and what's safe. Because we all know your doctor will be bitching at you to get in 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Obviously I'm not a doctor (I mean, I went to fashion school) so consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutrition routine. Especially if you are newly pregnant! Not every pregnancy is the same and some women will have more restrictions or complications than others, so again talk to your doctor about anything you plan on continuing or starting when it comes to physical activity.
1. Don't change a thing
One of the biggest misconceptions about pregnancy sometimes is that we have to completely alter our lifestyles. I even felt like this in my 1st pregnancy to some degree. That I was some fragile flower or some shit like that. Yes you may be growing a human being and an entirely new organ (aka the placenta) but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing your normal routine.
If you work out every day continue to. Zumba 3 times a week? KEEP GOING! Your body will adapt to your growing belly. This is how you see those "crazy" cross fit ladies flipping around tires at 9 months pregnant. They are just used to it and kept going. My dance teacher growing up danced throughout her entire pregnancy just fine.
So as long as you can tough it out during morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue, just keep doing you girl.
2. Walk it out
So if you aren't already regularly exercising, the easiest thing you can do is just WALK. It's definitely much easier to do in the Spring and Summer months but getting in a nice walk every evening can really just help you and baby stay active and healthy.
I will say getting a Fit Bit can definitely boost your motivation and create a fun competition between you and your friends (you'll be surprised how many people have them these days)
Walking will get tough once you develop the "waddle". Which I have currently at 8 months preggers. Every time I walk I feel like my uterus is going to fall out. Lovely right? It's just my body and ligaments relaxing and getting ready for baby.. but its killing my walking game at the moment.
If you want to be super hip, one of the safest options to do while pregnant is Prenatal Yoga. I myself, have never done prenatal yoga. BUT I know so many women, friends included, who love it. Its tailored specifically to the pregnant body and will help strengthen you for labor and delivery. It's all the rage with celebs, so try it out and you might find a new passion for yoga while you are at it.
And bonus: Classes are a great way to meet other moms too!
4. Get a Celebrity Trainer
No I'm actually serious! Its super easy too. My girl Autumn Calabrese just launched a new Prenatal and Postnatal series through Beachbody On Demand called "Active Maternity". Its split into different workouts for the different trimesters. Workouts are low impact and short and sweet. You can stream them through your computer, Ipad, Apple TV, etc. It's so convenient and really great to have professional guidance directly in your living room-because who really wants to waddle your pregnant ass to the gym. NOT ME!
Get a club membership with access to the maternity series and access to a ton of other fitness programs you can dabble in post baby by clickingHERE
Wait what? Yes, I said Don't. As in DON"T WORK OUT.
Although you should do some amount of physical activity because doctors say it's the best thing for you and baby, if you don't work out or do any sort of physical activity while pregnant it doesn’t mean you are a bad mom. We get so much pressure from society, our doctors, friends, family, to fit all these certain ideals as women and then as mothers. It's hard not so compare ourselves to others or receive unsolicited feedback.
Know that it's not the end of the world if you don't feel like working out and just want to eat pineapple all day long (like I did my first pregnancy)
I didn't work out my entire 1st pregnancy. Actually I lie, I worked out exactly one time on Thanksgiving of all days. Now with my 2nd pregnancy I was already in a fitness routine so I just continued with what I was doing-making modifications along the way (ie: ab exercises are not possible while 8 months pregnant)
If it's your first pregnancy, you might be anxious, nervous, terrified. Its' all OK. I was exhausted and did lots of napping. I was also super sick for what seemed like an eternity. Just LISTEN to your body and if you don't feel like doing anything physical, just don't. If you want to attempt something, see #2 above and go for a walk occasionally. But don't feel pressured by anyone to do anything. It's all about you and baby and you are going to do GREAT!