I have to admit, when I was pregnant with my first child I stopped working out completely. For some reason I had in my head that working out could cause a miscarriage, which of course is so not true. So instead, I just grew and grew and became completely out of shape. It took me a long time to get my body back. I think when Ryder was around a year old is when I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. And with my second child, I made a commitment to myself that I would never do that again. I ate healthy and continued to workout with light cardio and yoga. It was easy for me to get to the gym because my son was in school. Lastly, with my third pregnancy, Siella was home so taking classes was sort of out of the question. I wound up turning to DVD’s for my workouts during her naptime. I also found mommy and me workout classes in my area, so I was able to take my daughter along with me.
One of my favorite DVD workouts while I was pregnant was The Pregnancy Project by Tracy Anderson. The series contains nine different workouts, one workout focused on each month of pregnancy, which Tracy filmed in real time. In addition to the workouts, the series contains interviews with doctors, mothers, Tracy’s clients, and various experts on pregnancy. The Pregnancy Project is designed to be a guide for expectant parents and covers everything from nutrition, to fitness, to the leading studies on pregnancy.
Another favorite DVD I used was Knocked-Up Fitness. The two set DVD is designed to help keep expecting moms active and in shape through all stages of pregnancy. The program includes a variety of exercises that specifically targets and strengthens deep core muscles safely. These pilates inspired movements are designed to support the weight of the baby, as well as prepare your body for labor, delivery and recovery.
And lastly, I would take a class in my neighborhood of Tribeca called Beach Baby Body. The classes were great as I was able to take Siella with me. Beach Baby Fitness is a pre and postnatal program that will help you have a fit pregnancy and learn essential exercises to get back into shape after birth. Beach Baby Fitness blends traditional strength training, pilates, and yoga. I plan to take this class once my doctors gives me the green light to workout again.
What were your tips to staying fit during & after pregnancy?