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September 1, 2017

Staying Active During Pregnancy

Staying Active During Pregnancy

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Happy Friday friends!  I’ve been getting a few questions about how I stay fit during pregnancy so I thought I’d switch up this Friday Favorites post and share my favorite ways to stay active and healthy during pregnancy.

Before I jump into it, I do want to note that I am NOT a doctor!  If you are pregnant, please talk to your healthcare provider to determine what will work with for you & your lifestyle.  

Staying Active During Pregnancy-2

 

I didn’t stay active at all during my first pregnancy so when I found out that I was expecting baby #2 I was determined to live a healthier lifestyle this time around.  I mean, I do have a two year old to chase after this time around so I don’t really have the option of being lazy 😉 but staying fit has still been a priority for me.  There are definitely days (ahem, my entire first trimester!) that I just don’t have the energy to do anything other than my day to day mama duties.  And that’s totally okay!  I mean, growing a tiny human is pretty darn hard.

Taking it all in moderation has been huge for me.  I also think that a good general rule is to not start anything new during your pregnancy.  For example, if you worked out before you were pregnant, keep up with what you’re doing (with some modifications) but don’t go picking up weight training or anything else you didn’t already do before you were pregnant.  Be sure to listen to your body and like I said, don’t feel bad if you’re too tired and just need a day off here and there!

For me, staying active makes me feel better.  It puts me in a better mood, I have more energy and less aches and pains.  Plus, working out during pregnancy is said to help relieve bloating, constipation, and swelling as well as help with labor and postpartum recovery.  I’ll definitely let you know if it makes a difference during delivery/postpartum when that time comes but for now, I feel great!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay fit & some of my best tips & tricks:

  1. Prenatal Yoga //  I love doing yoga!  I don’t have time to go to a studio for a class so I just have a few different prenatal videos that I do at home but it’s so relaxing.  I either wake up before Mason’s up to start my day with yoga and stretch out any stiffness from sleeping or I take time right before bed to really stretch out and relax my mind.  Yoga is supposed to really help with labor & delivery so I’ll be sure to let you know!
  2. Workout //  You don’t need to spend hours at the gym for this and I’m only talking 2-3 times per week… I workout for 30-60 minutes from home because it’s easiest for my schedule.  I recently discovered the Pregnancy Project which I’m loving for an at home workout.  It breaks down workouts for each month of pregnancy which I absolutely love since a lot of exercises get pretty tough to do during the last few months of pregnancy.  I also like to get out of the house and take walks.  I love this because I can take Mason with me and pushing him in a stroller is pretty much a workout in itself 😉 I’ll typically shoot for around 2 miles and depending on how I’m feeling I’ll switch it up between walking/jogging.  
  3. Stay Hydrated // Drink lots of water!  Shoot for half your body weight in ounces.  You’ll be taking a million bathroom breaks a day (especially if your little one likes to use your bladder as a trampoline like mine does 😛 ) but it truly does help to drink plenty of water.  I’ve been using the Project Nursery SmartBand to track my hydration and keeping track makes it so much easier!  (FYI- the SmartBand also tracks your steps/activity, fetal movements during pregnancy, diaper changes, feedings, pumping, etc once baby is here and a ton of different parent reminders too. I also get all of my notifications from my phone on here so I can be totally hands free.  It’s kind of the best thing ever!)
  4. Stretch // I have had the WORST lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain this pregnancy and stretching seems to be one of the only things that helps!  I can’t tell you how many different things I tried until I finally talked to my doctor about the pain.  I thought she was just going to suggest going to the chiropractor (which I’m not opposed to but I wanted something that gave me more long-term relief) but she suggested trying physical therapy.  I’ve only been going for a week now but I’ve noticed SUCH a difference!  My therapist and the trainer at my office were able to work together to come up with a plan geared specifically for my body and the issues I’m having.  They constantly teach me new stretches and exercises that are safe for pregnancy as well as the proper way to do each exercise.  I go to PT 2-3 times per week and do the stretches at home a few times each day.  Seriously, these stretches have been the ONLY thing that gives me relief with my back pain.  I highly recommend talking to your doctor about this if you’re going through the same thing.  
  5. Get Enough Rest // Easier said than done, I know.  But listening to your body during pregnancy is crucial.  Don’t push yourself and risk hurting you or your baby!  Take breaks and naps when you need to and try to get a full night’s sleep each night.  
  6. Eat Healthy // This is probably the most difficult one for me because I almost always give into my cravings which have been ridiculously unhealthy!  But I try to do everything in moderation so if I’m going to indulge in something I make sure to get all my nutrients in first.  I have the hardest time getting my veggies in so I like to blend them into my smoothies.  I’ve shared my favorite green smoothie recipe on my Instagram stories before and had a ton of questions so here’s the (super easy!) recipe:
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple
    • 2 handfuls of greens- I usually use kale or grab a bag of power greens which includes kale, spinach, and chard
    • 6 oz pineapple juice
    • Splash of coconut water- I don’t measure this.  I just eyeball it and add more liquid as needed!
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • 2 scoops collagen peptides
    • Toss all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.  You can add ice if you’d like but I personally like the texture better without it!

These few things are really all that I do to stay active during pregnancy.  I didn’t workout (at all) during my first pregnancy and I can definitely tell the difference in my body from staying fit this time around.  Like I said, definitely talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to determine what’s best for you personally but I definitely suggest making it a point to stay fit during your pregnancy 🙂

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