Meet Christy, an avid golfer and fitness fanatic who is dedicated to her 5x-a-week workout routine. As a nurse, credible health information is very important to her, and she's relied on research to help her know that her workouts are safe and beneficial for her and her baby.
What was the biggest myth told to you about pregnancy exercise, that you know (or now know) isn’t true?
I think a lot of the misconceptions have been around what I can and cannot eat, or medications I can or cannot take - so I’ve definitely had to do a lot of research on those topics myself to become informed on what’s true and what’s not. In terms of fitness, I definitely heard that I should keep my heart rate below 140 beats per minute, which I know isn’t true if you’re healthy and carrying a normal pregnancy. As long as you’re listening to your body, you know if you’re overdoing it. For me, if I can contain a short conversation then I know I’m doing OK.
What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?
I got on a fitness theme about 3 years ago and I’ve been addicted ever since. I would exercise about 6 days a week, usually for 30-45 minutes at each session, with each session focused on one body muscle group (back, legs/glutes, arms, shoulders, abs, etc.). Usually, my routine included lifting weights 4-5 days a week and do cardio 1-2 days a week. My husband and I are also avid golfers, so that’s something I do quite often as well.
What does your exercise routine look like now?
I’m still exercising about 5 days a week, usually every Monday through Friday. On the weekends, it depends on how I’m feeling, but I’ve been keeping that consistency up. I have some home workout equipment (free weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, yoga mat and Swiss ball) that I use often. I’m still golfing as well and on the weekends I try to take my furbabies on a walk around the neighborhood every day.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
Knowing what exercises are safe for each trimester. But I've done a lot of research and talked to a personal trainer who has experience with pregnancy exercise routines. I know once I announce that I am pregnant, I might have to defend myself to others that it is perfectly safe for me to exercise while pregnant and even beneficial for me and my baby.
How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I spoke to my doctor and did my own research, taking it upon myself to look for credible, medical resources to know that what I was doing was OK. As a nurse, that credibility is really important to me, so having the research and information to back up what I’m doing from reputable resources has helped me stay confident in my fitness routine. Ultimately, fitness makes me feel happier and makes my whole day better, so that’s what I focus on.
What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
It is perfectly normal to want to continue your fitness journey, even when you're pregnant. Just learn what you can and can not do for each trimester, listen to your body (very important!), eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and continue these habits post pregnancy. Not only will you feel the positive effects, but so will your baby.
Do you use Baby2Body? Feel free to share any thoughts or experiences you’ve had with Baby2Body so far.
When I first found out I was pregnant I was so excited but knew I wanted to keep working out. I looked at so many different apps that said they were "fitness for pregnancy" but after looking into what they actually had to offer I was very disappointed. Many of them only gave on exercise a week, sometimes there were videos, sometimes not. And most of them were exercises I already knew how to do. There were no routines, no workout plans. Baby2Body was the only app that I felt really focused on pregnancy fitness in addition to well being, health-related topics and products. I felt like I had found Willy Wonka's golden ticket! HAHA.