Being Body Positive

Emily's Story

Meet Emily, a health coach who went through an incredible fitness and weight loss journey prior to her pregnancy and is now crushing the game in prenatal exercise. She's all about body positivity, personal development, and cheering on other mamas to be

What was the biggest
 myth told to you about pregnancy exercise, that you know (or now know) isn’t true?
Thankfully working as a health coach, I already knew that a lot of the misinformation out there was exactly that, but it doesn't stop the advice from pouring in! In the beginning, I heard a lot of gentle reminders to take it easy, do fewer impact workouts, to cut way back on intensity but I knew that listening to my body was the best indicator of what I could or couldn't handle.

What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?    
My routine before pregnancy was on average 6 workouts with a rest day, combining a balance of cardio/ HIIT training and strength based workouts. I liked to do high intensity, explosive moves for maximum results! 

What does your exercise routine look like now?
My routine really hasn't drastically changed. I still workout 6 days a week and try to balance strength and cardio in order to keep up my stamina. I modify moves when I need to and as my belly has grown, I started wearing a support band to protect my back and improve my balance. I've had to scale back my intensity with cardio in particular as I get winded easily and my heart rate tends to increase much quicker than before.  I listen to my body and if it doesn't feel right, I move on to the next exercise. 

What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
My biggest challenge has been the mental fatigue and also realizing my body is changing rapidly. Prior to getting pregnant, I had lost a total of 75 pounds so watching your body grow and put on the necessary fat to keep you and baby healthy has been tough. As my strength and cardio decrease naturally as my pregnancy progresses, I've had to adapt my expectations of myself and realize it's all a part of the process. 

How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I focus a lot on body positivity and personal development to keep my mindset in the right place, which is why campaigns like Shape Your Pregnancy are so crucial. Resources that focus on health as a whole has been a huge help!  

What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
My message would be that regardless of what your fitness level was before pregnancy, know that your body is capable of a lot. There are tons of myths out there that limit us as women but you should trust your body to tell you what it needs, and any movement and exercise you can do on a daily basis isn't just good for you long term, but also great for your baby. Safe and healthy movement during pregnancy has had an entirely positive impact on my pregnancy and I'm grateful for the resources out there that help us learn more about our potential as mamas to be. 

Do you use Baby2Body? Feel free to share any thoughts or experiences so far!
I stumbled across Baby2body on Instagram and the content of the blog was exactly what I was looking for. There's this misconception out there that there is one perfect way to experience pregnancy but I've learned that everyone's experience is so unique. The articles on the blog really speak to that individuality and give practical and poignant advice for expecting mamas regardless of your background. I love it!