Congratulations!!! You’re about to become a mama. You can feel your little one move around in your tummy and you’ve looked at the baby clothes (approximately) 1000 times.
Your body is changing and it’s a bitter sweet experience. You’re happy about them but at the same time, a little bit sad because how will you lose all this weight? Fret not mama, we got you covered.
We interviewed an expert fitness coach on her pregnancy journey and she shared these tips with us;
Me: What was your motivation for working out pregnant?
Her: I was working out prior to my pregnancy and I didn’t see any reason why I should stop. I was even more excited when I completed a 100km challenge in my 1st trimester.
Me: you think it made your journey to motherhood easier?
Her: Absolutely. I had more energy getting things done and my levels of endorphins were 100%!
Me: What were your fears while working out pregnant?
Her: I had fears during the 2nd trimester due to fibroids pain which eventually disappeared before delivery. But asides that, I had no fear of losing my baby because I was working. It was generally safe for me to continue with lesser intensity.
Me: What exercises did you do and why?
Her: During my 1st trimester, I did a lot of running – because I love it!
During my 2nd trimester, I did a bit of running, weight lifting and brisk walking.
The third trimester was such a drag! I brisk walked a lot with lots of body-weight exercises like squats and lunges.
Me: Now that you think about it, is there anything you would have changed about your workout style?
Her: I don’t think so to be honest. I listened to my body all through my pregnancy, rested when needed and enjoyed every session at home/gym.
Me: Do you have any words of encouragement or wisdom for pregnant Mom’s out there?
Her: I’ll love to encourage moms to cultivate a healthy lifestyle before getting pregnant! It was much easier for me to continue whatever routine I was doing before getting pregnant which also made my postpartum journey a breeze. Moms-to-be should also remember not to eat for 2 to avoid unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy. If your pregnancy is not high risk, then try to inculcate healthy habits for a fun and safe pregnancy.
Me: Thank you for your time.
Her: You’re welcome. I’m happy to help
Disclaimer; Please confirm with your OB before embarking on ANY exercise or dietary changes while pregnant.
Once again, congratulations mama and I look forward to hearing your comments on what you think about these tips.
Until next time, love and peace to you