How to rock your prenatal fitness routine!
Let’s rock your pregnancy workout, Mama! Today, we’ll be going over a few tips on totally ROCKING a fit and healthy pregnancy. Why? Because (in most cases and with Doctor’s approval!) exercise can help with labor and delivery, strength and endurance, help to prevent gestational diabetes, and contributes to overall health and vitality during your sacred 9 months (and beyond!) Grab your yoga mat, a stretchy pair of yoga pants, and get ready to get your pregnant GLOW on.
5 Prenatal Fitness Tips for ROCKING a Fit and Healthy Bump:
Listen To Your Doctor, ALWAYS!
Just like every woman is different, every pregnancy is going to be different as well. Before you begin any exercise plan, make sure you get the medical approval from your doctor (or preferred healthcare provider). This will help you develop a strong understanding of what your body can and/or can’t be doing over the next 9 months.
Remember… You’re Eating For Two!
Ahh, yes! Don’t you just love how the old saying goes?! In all seriousness, you do need to make sure that you are nourishing well and consuming nutrient dense foods that optimize your health and baby’s development. Be sure to speak with your Doctor about calorie specifics. Bottom line, as you embrace fitness during pregnancy, keep your body well nourished and full of energy!
Bundle’s Lemon Ginger Fizzy Drink Mix is great to keep you hydrated during or after a workout—plus, you’ll be soaking up 100% of your daily vitamin C and 50% daily vitamin B6, B12 and Folate in one serving.
As mentioned earlier, each pregnancy is going to be different for you. Even from the first child to your second. Stay away from dangerous sports (i.e. high impact, collision, etc.) and opt for lighter options including (but not limited to) light weight lifting, walking, light jogging, prenatal yoga, and prenatal pilates. It’s important to pay attention to hoe your body feels and what your doctor says. Go ahead and practice your maternal intuition here.
Pay Attention To How Your Body Feels.
Ladies, this goes for everything… but it’s especially true during your pregnancy and your workouts. If you feel faint, dizzy, overheated, begin cramping, or other unusual symptoms, stop and seek your medical provider for advice immediately.
Indulge In Pregnancy Superfoods!
As a fit Momma, it is SO important to understand how to care for your body in a physical and nutritional manner. Remember, a strong, healthy Momma is vital for a strong, healthy baby! You may be wondering what these superfoods are, well…
Why? They’re packed with carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, and fluid. The phytonutrients in berries are naturally occurring beneficial plant compounds that protect cells from damage.
Enjoy! On top of whole-grain cereal, on salads, and in smoothies made with yogurt with Bundle’s Chocolate Smoothie Mix!
Why? For the protein, B vitamins, and the omega-3 fats that promote brain development and vision in babies.
Enjoy! Grilled or broiled, use leftovers on top of salads or in sandwiches!
Why? Enriched whole grains are fortified with folic acid and other B vitamins, iron and zinc. Whole grains contain more fiber and trace nutrients than processed grains, such as white bread, white rice, and white flour.
Enjoy! Oatmeal for breakfast, whole-grain breads for sandwiches, brown or wild rice instead of white, whole wheat pasta, or quinoa for dinner. Bundle’s Chocolate Raisin and Quinoa Cashew Bites are perfect for whole-grain snacking.
You’ve got this, girl and I am SO excited to see you ROCK your prenatal fitness journey! Here’s to you and your bump!
Jennifer Blossom, OTD, OTR is the millennial expert of holistic living for mothers and children, worldwide. She’s a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Modern Day Occupational Therapist, and CEO/Founder of Blossom To Be Fit, an International-Maternal Lifestyle Brand, that Helps Mothers Get Grounded and absolutely Glowing during Motherhood and Beyond! Come Get Your GLOW on and join the Mommy Movement at Blossoming Mom and Baby.