Fitness during pregnancy

Before I got pregnant, I was on a mission to drop weight for our wedding. I worked out every day and was able to loose a significant amount of weight for the big day. Over our weddings and honeymoon, I didn’t work out (my husband actually went to the gym at the hotel everyday, including our wedding days) and I allowed myself to eat what ever I wanted in moderation -I didn’t want to look back on our wedding time in a negative perspective because I was hangry hah.

My intentions were that after the honeymoon, I would go back to eating clean and working out nearly everyday (intensely). However, as you saw from this post, we found out we were pregnant right after our honeymoon. Between morning sickness and fatigue the first few months, I was in no shape to eat clean, or go to the gym. I ate mostly bread and apple juice the first 2 months because it was all I could keep down.

Once I started feeling better (around the 2nd month) I tried to go to the gym with a revised workout plan (I was doing intense HIIT before I got pregnant) but found most days I was extremely exhausted by the end of the day and didn’t feel like going, or I was getting light headed while working out. I knew that my body would need energy to get through the next 9 months and birth, so I decided to drop the gym and doing other activities to maintain my energy, strength and avoid the usual aches and pains. I know there are women out there in their 9th month lifting heavy weights and that’s great for them! I believe everyone has to listen to their body and do what is best for them. The gym just wasn’t for me during my pregnancy and I am fine with that. Again, every one is different, so just because this has worked out for me, please consult with your doctor before starting any new excersice during pregnancy.

I tried to find other solutions which would keep me active but were easy on the body, which is when I found prenatal yoga. I found it so calming and great for my hips and joints. It relaxed me and has helped me keep the strength in my legs -which I will need for the labour. I do yoga 2-3 times a week (30 minutes each time).

Other than that I make sure to walk for at least 30 minutes on days where I don’t do yoga, whether it is around town, shopping or a night stroll with my husband, I make a conscious effort to get a walk in 4-5 times a week. If I know that one day we will be doing a lot of walking, I will skip a day to make sure that I don’t over do myself (I am in my 9th month and some days I also just don’t have the energy.)

Overall, I notice that walking and yoga has eliminated any hip pain I felt coming on as well as any swelling in my ankles/ legs.

While we all know that exercise is important during pregnancy, I also know that a lot of women have complications and can’t do any exercise (don’t beat yourself up if you are one of them). What I really despise, are the women who try to put other women down for not working out. It is a journey your body is on and you have to really listen to your body and do what is best for both you and baby. Heck, even if you don’t have the energy, listen to your body and relax. In the end, it isn’t worth stressing your body and essentially your baby about.

Prenatal Vitamins

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This may not be a post that everyone is dying to read, but if you’re anything like me (pregnant for the first time and unsure of a lot) this may be just up your alley!

First off, I have been taking some prenatal vitamins for a while in anticipation that we would get pregnant. It wasn’t a real prenatal vitamin, but a folic acid supplement with a few extra vitamins in it (the actual one is listed below).

Additional to the prenatal vitamins, I have been taking gelatin capsules for about a year now and they have proven to do wonders. In short, gelatin helps your joints (good if you are at the gym often) plus they aid in hair growth, nail growth and are also known to help you loose weight (which I was doing the year leading up to our wedding, more on that in another post). I will get around to doing a full post on gelatin capsules but for now, trust me, they’re gold!

Once I found out I was pregnant, I looked into what both my body and baby needed. I switched to Femibion for my folic acid and general things that the baby and my body need. I also started taking iron supplements because I do not eat red meat and knew that it would be an uphill battle if I didn’t get a head start. I also incorporated biotin, zinc, and magnesium into my daily intake.

Here’s why:
First, I chose Femibion (1 and 2 for both stages) because it has  the recommended dose of folic acid, B-vitamins, vitamin A, C, D and E, some Biotin, some Nacin, some Pantothenic acid, some Beta-carotene, some Magnesium, some Iron, some Zinc, some Iodine, and some Copper. Additional to all that the little pink pill packs, there is an extra extra capsule with polyunsaturated fatty acid DHA and vitamin E. This particular prenatal vitamin is also recommended while breast feeding which I really like.

Here’s what some of those vitamins do:
Vitamin B1 – is necessary for the carbo-hydrate metabolism and energy supply. Vitamin B2 – for the entire energy metabolism. Vitamin B6 – for the protein metabolism. Vitamin B12 – for blood formation and a healthy nervous system. Vitamin E – protects the body cells against so-called free radicals.

So I know that Femibion has some iron, biotin, zinc and magnesium in it but there wasn’t enough to keep this train going, so I added more (be sure to consult your doctor before adding any additional supplements, this is just what works for me).

So iron, because, obviously my body had 50% more blood capacity, and without eating red meat I wouldn’t have been able to have enough iron.

Zinc I added because I was getting really bad headaches at the beginning of my second trimester and honestly, haven’t had a single headache since incorporating a small little zinc tablet. Zinc is also necessary for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA. So getting enough zinc is particularly important for the rapid cell growth that occurs during pregnancy. This essential mineral also helps support your immune system, maintain your sense of taste and smell, and heal wounds. So I would say it’s quite important.

Magnesium, well, I had started getting some uncomfortable pains in my lower abdomen around 15 weeks and my doctor suggested magnesium, since then, I have not had a single ache or pain -anywhere! Magnesium also helps build strong bones and teeth, not just for the baby, but ensures that the baby isn’t taking it all from you, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, and helps certain enzymes function. It also helps control cholesterol and irregular heartbeats and is helpful in reducing muscle cramps.The main thing it does is rebuilt your bodies tissue.

So, I’m sure to most people this seems like A LOT of pills to take, but I have honestly not had any cramps, pains, aches or issues during my pregnancy. I am now 33 weeks and sleep throughout the night, and can do moderate exercise and am able to really enjoy all that pregnancy offers. I have heard horror stories (haven’t we all) about women throughout pregnancy and I can happily say, my pregnancy has been a breeze and although I think my body and genetics play a big role in that, a healthy lifestyle and making sure my body has all it needs definitely has helped!

What are you mama-to-be’s taking to make sure your bodies are running well? Am I missing out on anything!?

Here are the links to what I am taking exactly: