Hey, Everyone!! My name is Candice and I recently started blogging over at bodyofamother.com.
I became interested in blogging because of Janetha, and through her blog I found inspiration through all of your blogs! A big THANK YOU to Janetha for letting me do a guest post for her.
I have always been healthy and active while growing up , but eating healthy and nutritious foods was pretty much non-existent. I was always on the go, or just eating out ALL the time! It wasn’t until after high school and a taking a health foods class in college is when I became more aware of what I was putting into mouth. Becoming a fitness instructor, kicked it up a gear because I needed to eat foods that would give me enough energy to get through class.
Then when I became pregnant, eating healthy became a priority because I wasn’t just feeding myself, I was responsible for the health and nutrition of the babies growing inside of me.
The day I went into labor!
Yes, babies! I had twins! I made sure to eat healthy throughout my pregnancy to ensure the proper growth of my children. I was lucky enough to not really have any crazy cravings for greasy and sugary foods. .. In fact, I couldn’t eat things that I use to love. Such as cereal!! I use to be able to eat cereal for every meal! And sugar free gum!! And let me tell you.. I was a addict! When I became pregnant I couldn’t even put it in my mouth without gagging! I did however eat A LOT of raspberries and strawberries.. and SPINACH!
When you are pregnant, people will always tell you to go ahead and eat whatever since you are eating for two.. (or three in my case) It is true, you do need to eat extra calories while pregnant, but its only 300 calories! (per fetus..)
Being pregnant is really an amazing adventure, your body changes each and every day. At the beginning I was really concerned with how much weight I’d gain and what my body would turn into after I had the babies. I soon came to realize that it is actually an amazing thing and having TWO healthy babies developing inside of me was surreal and truly a miracle. I wasn’t going to let all the horror stories get to me. (You hear a lot of crazy stories when you’re pregnant, labor/delivery, post recovery, baby disorders etc.) You have to just have to focus on you and your story, because everyone writes their own book.
Today, I’m going to talk about getting my pre-body baby back. Let’s face it, being pregnant was hard, and having a high risk pregnancy is even harder. You become limited in your movements and can’t do the activities that you once did. As a fitness instructor, exercise was my life.. it was my job.. It had to be done. But I had to scale it to a level that was safe for me throughout each trimester. I continued to teach until I was 26 weeks pregnant with the twins. (By that point, push ups were just ridiculous and demonstrating a clean and press for body pump was down right hilarious..) I was forced to maternity leave after that but I didn’t just quit working out. I continued my healthy habits of eating right and making sure I did some kind of activity each day. It was hard sometimes but I did it and I hope that you can get something out of my experience that will benefit you now or in the future!
Here are my top ten tips!
1. Be active before pregnancy! If you work out and take care of your body before, you will bounce back faster than you think!
2. Continue to exercise during your pregnancy. Just because you are pregnant does not give you an excuse to sit around all day. You will have those days that you are just exhausted but just go for a quick walk around the block or swim. I found when I would actually make myself do something I would get a burst of energy after and I would feel better about myself. Exercise during pregnancy is good for mom and baby!
3. Drink WATER!! Being a new mom, you find yourself so busy and forget about food and water.
4. Breast feed! It’s the best thing for your baby and it helps lose some extra poundage.
5. Listen to your body & let it recover. I had the twins via cesarean due to their positioning. But I went back to teaching Body Pump just 5 weeks after, because I felt good. I actually went for a run/walk 4 weeks. But I recommend not doing any ab exercises until at least 9 weeks post partum. That is the muscle that was stretched the most and takes the longest to recover. If you start working them to early you risk building muscle around the stretched muscle and those muscle fibers will not come back together and create a little pouch.
6. Weight Train! Some people think that cardio is the only way to lose the weight, and yes that helps but what will tighten and tone your body back into pre-baby shape is picking up those weights. Short burst strength training, Push yourself to work harder and get it done faster!
You also continue to burn calories throughout the day after a strength training session as compared to a cardio session in which you just burn calories while you’re doing it.
7. Short intense Interval training!! Running for long distances is just time consuming and boring. And as a new mom, you don’t have much time between feedings. You will see quicker results by incorporating sprints into your daily run. Janetha has posted some awesome HIIT treadmill workouts in the past. Those are awesome!!
8. Make time for Yourself, Your nutrition and health is SO important. Leaving the baby with daddy for a half hour or so while you get some “mommy time” will keep you happy and help to prevent post-partum. Let it be your workout or lunch with your girlfriends.
9. Eat Healthy- Being a new mom is busy work. Don’t turn to processed foods for quick snacks to get you through your day. Always have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand for when those cravings of hunger hit from breast feeding. I always had a protein shake when I needed something quick and easy. I make sure to eat high protein such as lean meats, eggs, protein powder, Fresh fruit and veggies. I avoid sugar and all processed foods. Treats are welcome every now and then ;)
10. Never become an acceptor. Don’t talk yourself into giving up. “I’m a mom, my body now is my body forever, I’ll never get it back to the way it was.” Or… “I’m happy the way I am, I have learned to embrace my mommy body”. The truth is YOU CAN get it back! In fact, you can look better than you did before!! Even if you plan on having more kids, Do not give up!
This was me 4 months post Babies
This was 6 months post babies
Don’t mind the personal via I-phone pics.. I know they’re a little tacky.. I plan on getting professional pictures taken 9 months post partum. Why? Because I think it takes 9 months to make a baby (or babies). Therefore, I have 9 months to get into the best shape I have ever been in. Right?!
I am not a registered dietitian, or personal trainer. These tips are just what worked best for me! Everybody is different and you have to do what works best for you. Becoming a mother was the best day of my life. I love my babies more than anything. I’m sure you other moms out there can agree that it is the most rewarding thing. And to all you other mom to-bes, the time will come when its right for you and you’ll never look back. Don’t worry about the weight gain, the stretch marks, the nausea, or the late nights.. It’s worth it.. and yes, you can get your pre-baby body back.
I did it. And you will to!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Candice@bodyofamother.com I would love answer any questions that you might have.
Q. What is something you did while pregnant to help you feel better about yourself?
And to the the future mommies …
Q. If you are planning on having babies or not what “go to” snack are you going to have(or do have) with you when hunger strikes?