Crazy Fit Pregnancy & Beyond: Part 1 of 3
Hey mamas, Katy here with a special treat for you. My dear friend Sara Mason Rosensteel is back with some seriously awesome news and great tips for those of you who are or might be making a baby in 2016 (or who are still working on recovering from last year’s baby (or 2006’s, no judgement).
First: THE NEWS!!!
SMR is a brand spankin’ new ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor! WOOHOO!!! She’s been studying hard and has taken the leap into the wonderful word of fitness professionals. She’s always been a great client, and now she’s officially ready to put her skills and knowledge to work for YOU! Please be sure to give her a warm congratulations and feel free to grill her with complicated fitness math (HA!).
Second: If baby making has been or will be a part of your life, you need to read this week’s articles. There’s so much good info, that I decided to make this a three part article. First up, the history of both of Sara’s pregnancies. It’s amazing to read the difference between a non-fitness-minded pregnancy and a fitness-minded one.
Later this week, I’ll share with you some of Sara’s favorite tips on how to “cave” to pregnancy cravings, without the nasty side-effects. PLUS, how to exercise and her favorite books.
Finally, the aftermath of Baby #2. (Spoiler alert, she’s back and better than ever.) Let Sara tell you how she got back in the game and makes it work for her whole family!
Without further ado, here’s Sara:
Hey there, Mamas! I hope that the New Year finds you happy and healthy! Way back in September 2014, I wrote a guest post for Crazy Fit Mama, which you can read here, discussing my goals for a healthy second pregnancy.
That second pregnancy with my son lasted for 39 weeks. He’ll be a year old next month, and this seems like a great time to reflect on my Crazy Fit life during pregnancy and after baby.
Let’s recap. In 2011, I was pregnant with my first baby, and most definitely NOT in the best shape of my life. I didn’t use pregnancy as an opportunity to do anything that I wanted, but I wasn’t making the right choices either.
Ice cream and Chinese food sounded great a whole lot more often than they should have, and exhaustion and some minor pregnancy complications left me with zero desire to exercise beyond some light yoga and the occasional walk.
After my daughter was born, I felt exhausted, defeated, and just plain lost. It took a long time to start to rebound towards a healthier lifestyle.
Just a few months after returning to a regular exercise routine with the Crazy Fit Mama, I found out that I was pregnant with my son. I vowed to make my second and final pregnancy the best possible experience for me and a positive example for my daughter, then two and a half.
The first trimester of my second pregnancy was rough. I didn’t have a lot of morning sickness, but the headaches I experienced kept me from being terribly active. I spent a lot of time laying on the sofa rearranging several bags of frozen peas under my shoulders and head.
Thankfully, when I did get up the energy to eat, my body asked for citrus, eggs, and dark leafy greens. Drinking gallon after gallon of water helped to ease muscle aches and to support the many change as my body prepared for baby.
After the first trimester, my OB recommended that I add one small cup of coffee back into my daily routine, and that helped to ease the pain of the headaches that had immobilized me.
Finally feeling better, it was time to get back to business!
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