Meet Laura, who stays tuned in on her post-birth recovery goals to help her power through her pregnancy workouts. She encourages joining other like-minded moms-to-be in your mission to stay fit and strong during pregnancy, which is what we're all about!
What was the biggest pregnancy exercise myth told to you that you know (or now know) isn't true?
The most outdated advice I received was that it’s not safe to lift weights during pregnancy. I know the comments are likely coming from a good place, so I don’t take them personally, and I know from proper research that exercise and weight lifting is safe and beneficial during pregnancy. Unfortunately though, there a lot of women who aren't fully educated on pregnancy fitness and can be swayed by these comments. If you’re not considered high-risk and as long as your doctor gives you approval it’s perfectly safe to exercise during pregnancy. I look at it in terms of preparing my body for labor, and my hope is that staying active will help with both childbirth and recovery.
What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?
Before pregnancy, I trained 6 days a week and that included cardio (either running, spin, rowing or a HIIT class) and strength training.
What does your exercise routine look like now?
For most of my first trimester, I was able to maintain my regular exercise routine as before. Now that I am 25 weeks pregnant I’m working out 4 days a week instead of 6, but I'm still doing a combination of cardio and modified strength training.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
The biggest challenge for me right now is motivation! Which I'm sure a lot of expecting moms deal with.
How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I think about how wonderful I feel after a good workout. I have my personal goal for my post-pregnancy recovery, and training and staying active now will help me achieve that goal. Thinking of every day as progress towards that goal keeps me going.
What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
If your doctor clears you to exercise, get moving! I did a lot of research, I joined groups, I talked to other like-minded moms who were determined to maintain their fitness routines during pregnancy. If you feel as though you don't have all the information, look for credible resources and find people who have similar goals as you. And of course, listen to your body!
Do you use Baby2Body? Feel free to share any thoughts or experiences you’ve had with Baby2Body so far.
Yes, I have found the articles are well researched and provide a great deal of knowledge on pregnancy fitness.
It truly is incredible to think about what our bodies are capable of doing!