Crazy Fit Pregnancy & Beyond: Part 2 of 3
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. Earlier this week, we shared 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.
Today, 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!
Here’s Sara with part 2: “During my Pregnancy”
Here’s what I did to feel strong and healthy during my pregnancy:
- Once I felt I could do so without being sick or dizzy, I resumed my workouts. I did mixed intensity prenatal DVDs at home, and returned to boot camp, and eventually PiYo, on Saturday mornings. I also continued to run/jog/slog at whatever pace felt appropriate that day until the beginning of my third trimester when it became uncomfortable. I even managed to complete three races while pregnant. Continuing my workouts made me feel strong, and though I had to modify my movements a lot to accommodate for my growing belly, all the work I put in made recovery SO much easier.
***Make sure that your trainer is aware that you are pregnant. If they have not yet been offered, don’t be afraid to ask for modifications to moves performed in class to keep you safe and comfortable. Every pregnancy is different, but I managed to continue attending bootcamp to 32 weeks and PiYo to 38 with my second pregnancy. Modification and working at my own pace made all the difference.***
- When it came to food, I listened to what my body needed, not to cravings. We know that pregnancy cravings are a very real thing. Medicine tells us that cravings tell us about nutrients our bodies are lacking.I’ve got trouble believing that my body has ever truly needed French fries. Here are a couple easy swaps for traditional junk food:
French fries < homemade oven crisped potato wedges: Better yet, sweet potato. Mmmm.
Wash and peel the appropriate number of potatoes. Cut into wedges about as thick as your thumb, rinse again, pat dry. Toss with 2tbsp of the oil of your choice. I used olive. Spread on a foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and cracked pepper. Sub salt free seasonings if you have an issue with swelling. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, turning midway through. Watch that they don’t burn.
Pizza < whole grain flat bread mini pizzas: I ate a lot of these. If you play your cards right, you can sneak in all four food groups and some serious fiber.
Lay one whole grain flat bread (I prefer Joseph’s Bakery) on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread with your favorite pizza sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella. Do not overload the pizza with cheese, or it won’t crisp properly. Add your toppings. I found a blend of turkey pepperoni, black olives, broccoli, and diced green and red pepper to be very satisfying and flavorful. Broil on low for just as long as it takes to crisp the bread and melt the cheese to your liking. Enjoy! Also, these are actually fairly large. I often split them in two and made two quick lunches out of them with a green salad on the side.
- I knew my stuff. Always the librarian, I went straight for the books. My favorite pregnancy book has consistently been Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, 4th Edition: The Complete Guild by Penny Simkin and April Bolding. I also love Fit and Healthy Pregnancy: How to Stay Strong and In Shape for You and Your Baby by Kristinia Pinto and Rachel Kramer. Having ready reference sources when my doctor and trainer weren’t around to take questions made me feel much more in control. Always make sure that your references are verified and medically sound. Message boards are fun, but can cause a lot of confusion. If you don’t know where to start, ask your doctor/doula/midwife/birth center for a reading list.
- I asked for help when I needed it with everything from housework to fitness. If I needed a modification for an exercise that just wasn’t working anymore, I asked. If I needed to slow down to my own pace, I did. Naps are good. Pacing yourself is good. Stopping entirely, unless medically warranted, can make you feel awful. Take breaks, work at your own pace, eat well, drink your water, rest, but don’t quit! During the end of my second and beginning of my third trimester, I was forced to slow down once again due to a terrible bout of respiratory flu. I felt awful, but it could have been so much worse if I hadn’t been in good shape.
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