In this series, Fit To Be Pregnant is highlighting inspirational mamas from around the globe and how they made their pregnancies fit, comfortable, and healthy. If you’d like to be be featured, get in touch! We’d love to have you!
Amanda had her first baby just two months ago. She was able to have a complication and intervention-free delivery, and even took a Body Pump class the day before she gave birth! Here is her inspiring story.
Describe your food choices during your healthy pregnancy.
I ate a wide range of foods from fruits and vegetables, lots of greek yogurt, whole grains, peanut butter, meat, but also lots of vegetarian dishes.
What was your exercise routine during pregnancy?
Before getting pregnant, I went to the gym six days a week. I took Body Pump and Body Combat on alternating days. I continued this regimen for the first few months, but as I became further along, I lowered my intensity as needed and started using options for the ab tracks. I also started going four days a week up until the last month I would go two days a week and take walks in between.
What was your greatest obstacle to staying healthy during your pregnancy, and how did you overcome it?
I would have to say staying motivated going to the gym, especially after a long day at work.
Did you experience morning sickness? How did you manage it?
No – none!
Did you allow yourself to give in to any cravings?
Yes I did. I knew I didn’t eat ice cream or greasy foods a lot, so I would treat myself on occasion.
How did birth go?
My birth went exactly as I planned. My active labor was about five hours and I did not have any interventions. The nursing staff and doctor were great! I was able to deliver in a position that was comfortable to me. They also let me walk around to help move things along and work through contractions.
How long did it take you to bounce back after birth?
I would say after about a week I felt “normal.” I have mostly been going on walks and I have been breastfeeding/pumping. I still have a little bit to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape, but I plan on resuming my exercise programs when I am cleared by the doctor at my postpartum appointment.
Were you leading a healthy lifestyle before pregnancy, or did pregnancy inspire you to become healthier?
Yes, it was very much part of my life.
What was your favorite thing to eat during pregnancy?
Peanut butter and nutella sandwiches on whole grain bread.
What is your proudest accomplishment of your pregnancy?
Taking Body Pump the morning before I gave birth.
What advice do you have for other moms who want to have a fit and healthy pregnancy?
People think that continuing your exercise routine cannot be done being pregnant and that you can hurt yourself and/or your baby. But if your body is used to a certain level of intensity, then continue with it because it helps tremendously throughout the pregnancy, during delivery, and postpartum.
What book, website, person inspired you to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy, or did you find useful?
I would have to say all the people who were in my classes at the gym inspired me. They were supportive during my entire pregnancy, and it was also a big part of my “social” life.
What was your favorite product that helped you stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy?
Body Pump and Body Combat – the instructors helped me along the way with options
Did anyone judge you or say anything negative about your exercise routine during pregnancy?
No – they were amazed with my ability to stick with it!
What was the one thing you did for yourself during pregnancy that you would recommend to anyone else who is expecting?
I didn’t give myself many breaks when I probably needed it. I would recommend taking a break once and a while because once the baby is here, there are no breaks!
How did you feel about your body during pregnancy? Were you excited about the changes, or was it difficult for you to deal with? How did you deal with those feelings?
I was lucky because as people said I was “all belly”, so I never felt self-conscious about the changes occurring. I was excited to see the changes. Since I continued my exercise routines I didn’t out on weight too quickly, and this helped me stay motivated as my body gradually changed.