As a new(ish) mom, I am often asked about fitness during and after pregnancy. It’s super important to live a healthy lifestyle, which will help you have a great pregnancy, and then instill good health and wellness values in your children when they come along.The top two things I tell expecting moms are to have a good relationship and dialog with your doctor and then listen to your body. There’s no prescription for pregnancy and everybody’s body is different. And really, every pregnancy is different, too, no matter how many kids you’ve already had.
Having a very good and healthy relationship with your doctor or healthcare professional is super important. Your health and your baby’s health is obviously the most important thing, so it’s helpful to have open and honest conversations with your healthcare provider as early as possible. Some doctors don’t want you to have an active pregnancy. You have to find a great doctor that is on the same page that agrees and supports you. And no matter how independent you are, or what you read or hear, once your doctor/provider has your trust, you need to listen to that person even if it’s not always exactly what you want to hear, or what’s easiest.
Once they’ve gotten their healthcare provider’s input, and the green light to exercise, I have found some pieces of advice to be helpful for my clients (and myself). Don’t start a new physical exercise or activity when you’re pregnant. All of us have the fear of gaining weight during pregnancy, but when you’re pregnant—that’s not the time to start a new thing. Your body is this awesome, well-oiled machine that’s so used to managing and going through life with you. Don’t confuse it! Like for me—I was doing heavy lifting and cross-fit, but when I got pregnant I wasn’t going to pick up anything dramatically different, like running marathons. It’s important to stick with exercise that you’re used to. For the comfort of keeping a healthy routine, as well as to avoid shocking your body.
Give yourself praise! We’re always so constantly hard on ourselves and we’re frustrated if things don’t go right or we’re not reaching our goals within our timelines, and frustration can set in. But seriously, you have done the most amazing thing and accomplished one of the greatest goals in life—you created a human! Great job!
When you have a child, it’s so easy to make the kid an excuse. I hear it fairly often. “I don’t have any time. I’m so tired.” While valid, they’re still excuses. And excuses are easy to conquer.The simplest thing to do if you don’t have time, is to take the kid along with you. It’s a great opportunity to instill in your child the value of a healthy lifestyle. Whether they sit there and watch you, or you get them involved, they are picking up your good habits and are so happy to be with you, no matter how sweaty you are! Once your child gets mobile, you can get them more engaged. The only thing is to make sure you are looking out for your child’s safety, staying aware of them and their surroundings, and remain conscientious of others. I create a few short clips of some of the ways I get exercise with my little one at the gym, some including him and somewhere he is more of a spectator. You can see he loves it, and I know he will grow up with health and fitness as an important part of his life, because he sees it’s an important part of mine.