by Rachel P., Mom & Fitness Enthusiast
Are you ready to stay fit during pregnancy… and after?!
How to stay fit during pregnancy I’m by no means an expert on this topic, what I am is a mom who had two back to back pregnancy in two years. I have two boys 16 months apart. It’s been the wildest ride for my husband and I, but one we thank God for every night..before we pass out at 8:30 in the clothes we wore that day and unbrushed teeth.
Despite a variety of mild complications between the two pregnancies, I managed to run up until 37 weeks pregnant with my first and worked out at home all 40 weeks with my second. This was a choice, one that I had to make each and every day, despite aches, pains, swelling and unrecognizable parts of my body.
Here is a list I’ve compiled of the top things that have helped me and the friends and family members I’ve shared this with, stay healthier during their pregnancies and beyond:
1. Keep active: Pregnancy is not a cop out for 40 weeks of feet up and reality TV. I was moderately active before finding out I was expecting so instead of interpreting those two pink lines as a sign to slow down, I kept my routine of 30 minute morning workouts throughout both pregnancies. It was brutal getting up before heading off to work (especially once I had a little one at home and was super pregnant again) but I do at-home workouts for this exact reason CONVENIENCE. Plus this helps set the tone for the day, kept the weight gain at bay and really put my mind in the exact state it needed. There’s something very mentally tough about being pregnant, the pressure to make sure everything goes smoothly, the fear of the unknown, the idea that you have to be okay about gaining weight … working out throughout pregnancy helped put all these anxieties at bay.
2. Hydration is crucial : I easily could have eaten the mall food court multiple times a day while pregnant, I felt vanenous. But constantly sipping on water, seltzer or the occasional iced tea was instrumental in keeping me from overeating. Hydration is also key to helping avoid stretch marks, as it allows your skin to become more elastic. Also, staying overly hydrated at the end of pregnancy helped me tremendously with labor and delivery with my second son. I knew what I was in for the second time around and knew that I wanted to avoid getting dehydrated at all costs or having to get hospital fluids, plus I did a fair amount of research to understand that hydration helped speed delivery along, so I was all for that!
3. Walking : If getting out of bed early to workout at home or at the gym isn’t your cup of tea, then squeeze a walk into your busy schedule. Preferably outside to get fresh air, but if that isn’t possible a few laps at Target would yield the same results, just cost a little more. I would try to get out at lunch for a 30 minute walk whenever possible, this helped keep me awake and from getting cramps in my legs. Towards the end of each pregnancy everything on me felt so swollen so that midday walk was tough but helped get the blood circulating and give me life to power through the rest of the day.
4. Sleep : Sounds like a given, but now looking back I would have found ways to get way more sleep than I did. Not because of pregnancy per say (of course you need a TON when you’re cooking a mini-human) but parenthood is draining in so many new and different ways, so get it while you can! I look back on my life before kids and I’m just confused what I did with my time and how I wasn’t able to store up more sleep.
5. Community: This piece was huge for me, I found that there was a lot of “noise” when I announced both pregnancy. For me it was coworkers asking questions, other mothers pushing their opinions, random people in public…everyone had something to say and as a first time mom you aren’t sure what side of the fence to stand with some hot topics. I found that surrounding myself with a group of other moms (some I actually found on-line) who also ran, worked out and ate well was what I needed to keep the chatter to a minimum and focus on what I needed in order to have the pregnancies and deliveries I wanted. Find your tribe and love them hard. It doesn’t need to be a huge army of bootcamp buff moms, a few good friends will do the trick.
Us mom’s have a tough job before, after and during pregnancy, but having a well intentioned healthy pregnancy doesn’t need to be over-thought. I followed the 80/20 rule for my nutrition (80 was clean and organic food the other 20 was, things my pregnant self wanted). I tricked myself into believing that cravings were fake and although McDonalds hashbrowns seem to be on my mind a lot and my car occasionally drove directly there, I would limit the junk and focus on the food as fuel. I followed a workout program from home that made getting a good workout in, easy and I made modifications when needed. Life is all about moderations and simply making good decisions.
In good health, Rachel P.
Rachel is a work-from-home mom of two boys; Thomas 2 years old & Benjamin 9 months old & entrepreneur husband Steven. After leaving her corporate career at the beginning of the new year she founded That Best Life, a community for higher-living. To find out more, check her out at www.ThatBestLife.com or on Instagram That_Best_Life