Meet Ema, pregnant with her first and proving to herself that change can happen when you make the choice to live healthier. She believes that it’s never too late to start taking your health and fitness seriously - and pregnancy is the best place to start! You just need to find your motivation.
What was the biggest myth told to you about pregnancy exercise, that you know (or now know) isn’t true?
"Now you shouldn't lift any weight at all". The risk of getting injured is always there, pregnant or not pregnant, and so it's always important to be careful when lifting weights but that doesn't mean you can't do it!
What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?
My only routine was not having a routine. As I work 8 hours a day behind a desk, it was extremely difficult for me to stick to any routine and therefore I did a mix of the following: yoga, gym, walking, running, trending fitness challenges, youtube fitness videos at home, spinning, and volleyball... but I wouldn't do them on regular basis.
What does your exercise routine look like now?
Now I train once a week with a personal trainer and two or three times alone at the gym. I try to do yoga twice a week as well to round it out.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during pregnancy?
A lack of motivation, which made it difficult to stay consistent with my routine. I was lucky to have a very good 1st trimester without any nausea which allowed me to go on as normal, but even then I was so scared of doing something wrong that I would cut down on or avoid exercising completely - "just in case". Plus, eating ice cream in front of the TV was much more appealing than waking up at 6 am to exercise before work.
How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I overcame this challenge by making a commitment; I realized I couldn't reach regularity or consistency if I just waited for motivation to arrive automatically from within. So I decided to sign up for 1 hour a week with a personal trainer who gave me the right information and tips I needed to keep up with my training while pregnant, as well as being someone who would push me further.
Now I am able to Shape my Pregnancy because I’ve got the commitment and routine: working with a professional for one hour a week, and still staying motivated to work out the rest of the week by myself with the help of apps.
What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
It's important to make the choice to lead a healthy lifestyle, before, during and after pregnancy. Being pregnant isn't an impediment to stop you from having a healthy lifestyle, but you have to want it! And being pregnant seems like the right time to start taking it seriously - if you haven't done so already!
Do you use Baby2Body? Feel free to share any thoughts or experiences you’ve had with Baby2Body so far.
I downloaded it a couple of weeks ago and I love the design and the tips you get. Especially because it has a very holistic approach which includes food, exercise, mind - which is exactly as it should be!
Final thoughts...I think that Instagram, and the internet in general, are packed with people selling their amazing lives. I would like to help #normalwomen shape their pregnancies and inspire healthy change in their lives!