Meet Brittanie, a mom of twins and a toddler with her fourth child on the way! After having been on bed rest in her first two pregnancies, she's loving staying active and sticking to her 5-day-a-week exercise routine. For her, it's all about modifying your moves to make fitness work for you and treating yourself right - before, during and after exercise!
What was the biggest pregnancy exercise myth told to you that you knew (or now know) wasn’t true?
It wasn't just one thing -- it was the whole premise of being pregnant equated to not being able to do, and you had to change your entire routine.
What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?
For the last 5 years, I have consistently worked out 5-6 days a week with various at home workouts. I did strength training and cardio and I trained for and ran half marathons, and I would be sure to work in 2 days of active rest a week.
What does your exercise routine look like now?
It's pretty similar! I still workout 5 days a week. I incorporate safe weight lifting exercises for the entire body. I'll do cardio 2 days a week with some added prenatal yoga! What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
Just slowing down and knowing that I can't do EVERYTHING how I did it before I was pregnant. I can still do all of the same moves (for the most part!) but I need to be mindful of how my body feels during the workout, and also how it will feel after
the workout. Also being okay with modifying some moves to make room for the growing belly, has been a bit of a challenge but something you have to do.
How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I know what it's like to not be able to do anything
while pregnant, in my two previous pregnancies I was on bedrest for various reasons for set amounts of time. So I know that each day I am able to do more than the daily routine is a blessing. Whether I can do a vigorous workout or a simple workout doesn't matter, what's important to me is that I am
able to move. I also have a huge library of workouts to choose from so I'm not limited by lack of variety.
What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
Similar to above.... you are capable to do and move if you wish! There is so much mental and physical benefit to doing ANY kind of exercise and movement for your pregnancy, starting with prenatal yoga! The physical demand that carrying a baby and delivering a baby does on your body is extreme and if we can prepare our minds, our bodies for delivery RIGHT NOW, it's a blessing!! Also, accept your body the way it is, the growth of your belly, the weight gain, it's all a beautiful process to deliver a beautiful body. One of the best things we can do for our babies and our bodies is to take care of it with proper nutrition and exercise of any kind.
If there is anything else you’d like to share, feel free to add it here:
Consult with a doctor about any nutrition and fitness regimen before beginning and get the okay, but for most non high-risk pregnancies, you can resume a normal workout regimen, just be mindful of the growing human inside of you! Don't be afraid to modify workouts to make them work for you, don't feel discouraged if you have to slow down the moves, and to give yourself some post-workout self-care -- a bath, massage, manicure, a nap! ;)