Pregnant with my daughter, I gained 70 pounds.
11 years later, pregnant with my son, I gained 25 pounds.
My pregnancies could not have been more different. My first pregnancy I took the saying “eating for two” to a whole other level. I didn’t know any better at the time and I felt that pregnancy was an excuse to eat anything I wanted. In addition I thought it was an excuse not to exercise. Oh how wrong I was. As my pregnancy progressed and I became heavier, I started to experience problems and pains that could have been avoided. Not only were my joints and back aching, I felt extremely fatigued and depressed.
This was not what I imagined pregnancy to be, where was the radiant glow? I had never felt worse about myself. Due to the amount of weight I gained and the fact that I was out of shape my labor was arduous. My body lacked the stamina it needed to go through a long and difficult labor. It was exhausting to say the least.
I had grown up in a household where both my parents worked long hours and therefore meals were often on the go and usually some sort of processed junk. When I was 16, I started working out. I thought cardio was the answer, I would either do the Stairmaster, (remember those), or the treadmill for an hour, oh the horror. I wasn’t seeing results and it was boring therefore, not sustainable which caused me to give up.
After my daughter was born I took to exercise again to lose the baby weight. I did my homework and learned about cross training and other types of workouts. In addition, I was determined to feed my daughter healthy nutritious foods, which in turn helped me to eat better.
Fast forward to my pregnancy with my son. At this point I, with the help of an amazing personal trainer, check out her website here, learned a healthy and balanced way to eat and exercise.
I was excited and couldn’t wait to have a healthy and active pregnancy. I was lucky not to have complications that kept me from being active. However, I realize that many women are not able to be as active as they desire due to issues that could jeopardize their pregnancies. I always advocate checking with your doctor before starting any exercise program when pregnant. I worked out 6 days a week, doing spin, stair climbing (outdoor), and cross training. I was always careful to modify for my pregnant state. I never felt stronger. I nourished my body and my baby with a variety of healthy foods and didn’t overindulge. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy some treats now and then. I never felt deprived because what I was consuming satisfied me.
My labor presented some complications, which put me in a position where I would have to get the baby out in three pushes or have a C-Section. And because I was strong, fit and healthy I was able to get him out safely. If you are pregnant I hope this will inspire you to have an active and awesome pregnancy!
I like this article from fitpregnancy.com that breaks down HIIT workouts during pregnancy.
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