Two weeks ago, I committed to doing the 21 Day Fix - modified according to what's safe for pregnancy, of course. I have had so much fun!
This post is really to encourage any pregnant ladies out there who are working out or want to work out and be as healthy as possible during their pregnancy. I really haven't lost any inches, although I have seen the scale go down some (I had gained weight pretty rapidly last month, so this isn't unwelcome).
If you're NOT pregnant and interested in what the 21 Day Fix can do, I'd encourage you to check out what the 21 Day Fix did for me last year, and also to check out some of my reviews and videos on it as well.
Ok, back to the Fix and being pregnant! When I was pregnant with my son, I was terrified of losing him. We had already experienced three pregnancy losses and I thought that by working out, I would be putting him in danger. So I simply walked. Sometimes I did some light pregnancy yoga, but that was as extensive as I got. I was miserable throughout the whole pregnancy, ate pretty much what I wanted, and definitely showed it after he was born!
With this pregnancy, I am still nervous about the baby, but I have learned that in order to take care of our baby girl and give her the best possible start in life, I need to take care of me too - and I need to feel STRONG for my family!
Of course, I have to add in the disclaimer: my specialty is basically being a crazy busy mom/coach. I'm not a doctor, nor am I giving medical advice - talk with your Doctor before beginning the 21 day fix, or any other exercise or nutritional program, ever!
I've been striving throughout this pregnancy to stay as active as possible, and to eat 90% clean. I am almost 7 months with no sugar even!
Now you don't have to give up sugar completely, but getting back to the 21 Day Fix, the principles are great to follow! The eating plan is fantastic, and although we as pregnant women are supposed to eat slightly more, you can easily add in those extra calories and eat according to the plan! There is a great variety of food available to choose from - and if you are a busy mom trying to cook for everyone, pregnant, and tired, and wondering how to make the Fix work for you, here's a quick tip from me with how I do it!
My Doctor has also cleared me to keep drinking Shakeology (YAY!!) in place of a prenatal vitamin, as long as I add in extra iron to my diet. This really takes away any guesswork when it comes to wondering if my little girl is getting enough nutrients, and I rest easy at night knowing I'm doing the best I can to take good care of her and myself! I would encourage you to speak with your Doctor as well - I brought in the nutrition facts/vitamins on chocolate vegan shakeology, and he was impressed!
The only other thing to keep in mind is to watch your Vitamin A intake - specifically retinol. I drink chocolate vegan, which has beta-carotine as the source for Vitamin A - my research has me comfortable drinking this daily, as this is shown to be a safer form of Vitamin A. Again - talk with your own doctor, and do your own research on this! :)
The workouts are easily modified if you're pregnant. The key is knowing what your Doctor has recommended for you!
There ARE some exercises that my Doctor has recommended I NOT do (I would also encourage you to speak with your Doctor). I can't lie flat on my back, since I'm further along, and I have to be careful with some of the twisting and ab exercises. So when these come on during Pilates Fix, or Upper Fix, especially, I follow Autumn's pregnancy ab exercises - the key is to just NOT stop during the workout! :) I also take it easy during cardio workouts, as my body specifically does not do well with cardio during this pregnancy. The key is to listen to your own body!
THE PROGRESS SO FAR:
So far, I've lost about 6 lbs - and know that I'm NOT looking to lose weight, I'm looking to CONTROL my weight gain. As far as inches, I've actually GAINED two inches in two weeks. But I really feel like I'm doing it at a safe and healthy rate!
And you know what? I'm still sending in my final results to beachbody to be entered to win! I wonder if a pregnant woman's ever won before? ;)
One more week until I'm done with this round! I hope this helped you some, Mama! If you're ready to take the plunge and would like to start the 21 day fix, during or after pregnancy (and have your Doctor's approval), you can click here to purchase and also have me assigned as your Coach/accountability partner! :)
If you're looking for health & fitness support or encouragement, join myself and other expectant or new mamas in our private group here! <3 Have a safe and healthy pregnancy!