Meet Mace, a first-time mom-to-be in her first trimester and expecting twins! Being on bed rest and limited activity because she's considered "high risk" in her first trimester hasn't dampened her spirits. She's managed to stay as active as possible and is focused on the future to keep her fitness motivation sky high.
What was the biggest myth told to you about pregnancy exercise, that you know (or now know) isn’t true?
I think the biggest myth that I couldn’t buy into was that I should sit on the couch for my entire pregnancy, or that during early pregnancy the babies could “shake out”.
While the thought of lounging on the couch is tempting when I’m really feeling tired, I’ve learned that living a more active lifestyle is so much better for my mental, emotional, and physical health and for the babies’ growth as well!
What was your exercise routine before becoming pregnant?
I have always lived an extremely active lifestyle. From cheer and tumbling in high school, to running daily in college, to my now usual routine of weight-lifting and regularly attending cross-fit, spin, and yoga classes. I currently work at a gym, so I’m surrounded by fitness. In a typical week, I would work out 5-6 times for at least 45 minutes combining cardio and strength routines.
What is your exercise routine during pregnancy?
Since I became pregnant via IVF with fraternal twins I have been considered “high risk”, which does change what prenatal exercise looks like for me. From bed rest during my stimulation medical protocol and embryo transfer to strict rules through the first trimester, all I have been able to do is light yoga and stretching along with walking. Thank heaven, these restrictions should be lifted in the next week or two and I can start to add a variety of different exercises back into my routine. My plan right now is for light-intensity cardio and training to keep my muscle tone intact.
What has been the biggest challenge in pursuing physical fitness and exercise during your pregnancy?
It was very hard for me to be on bed rest and restricted from exercise in these first eight weeks. I would start to feel very down when my husband would go to the gym without me, and to be honest, I was scared about gaining excessive weight and worried that not exercising as often would make me lazy and less likely to work out once I was off bed rest.
How did you overcome this challenge to Shape Your Pregnancy?
I've been focused on looking forward to a more active second trimester, and that has been my saving grace. I've also been really focused on my mental health, patience, and practicing gratitude for the health of my twins!
What message would you want to share with other expecting and new moms?
I would tell expecting moms to keep to a routine the best that they can! Morning sickness and fatigue make for easy excuses to lay on the couch all day, but for the health of your babies’ and your own sake, sticking to an active and healthy schedule will be best for you in the long run. I would also say that it is important to listen to your body and what it may need. Being pregnant with twins has made me extremely fatigued and I constantly remind myself that my new exercise routine includes my body working harder than ever to support two new lives inside of me.
Do you use Baby2Body?
Yes! I am grateful to have found Baby2Body and hope to rely on it even more heavily when I am not restricted from exercise in the second trimester and especially after delivery! A huge priority of mine is to get back in shape for myself after giving both quickly and healthily in order to increase my energy and stamina to be a good mom.
While my story so far is shorter due to my limitations in these first 8 weeks, that will definitely change in the next 1-3 weeks according to my doctor! In the meantime I am focusing on a healthy lifestyle via diet and emotional wellbeing and look forward to sharing more of my story as my pregnancy progresses. P.s. photos to come as soon as my bump ‘pops’!