With that said, here's what MY opinions are on staying fit through pregnancy.
1. I think one of the best ways to stay fit and make it easier to lose the baby weight afterward is to keep your weight gain in check. However, I also tend to think that bodies have a "setting" that determines how much weight you'll gain during pregnancy, and you might still gain 40 pounds even though you do everything "right." Plus, it's fun to indulge in your cravings - just don't go overboard. Basically, just keep yourself and that precious life growing inside of you healthy.
2. Keep up your work-outs. Grain of salt, remember? I was running with the boys' pregnancies up until 26/28 weeks, and even after that, I still lifted weights and did cardio. With Brynn's pregnancy, I read that working out could help with morning sickness, but dang if I couldn't get up the energy to go do anything! If you're able, work out, and if not, go easy on yourself and make a commitment to get back into working out after you have the baby.
3. Enjoy your pregnancy!!! Enjoy feeling the baby move around inside you, the maternity clothes, the comments from others, the baby bump, all of it! (It was a little hard to enjoy it when I was sick, but I had to keep telling myself that it was temporary and that the end result would be worth it). Once that baby comes, it will be hard work, sleepless nights, drained energy, and a soft middle, so enjoy your 9/10 months while that miracle is growing!
Now, for some pictures, because it's always more fun when there are pics involved. ;-)
|Pregnant with Jace|
|2 weeks before having Brynn - you can see that I'm a little more "swollen" with her pregnancy ;-)|
|Maternity pictures taken by my uber talented friend, Cara|
|Thanks Cara for capturing this time!|