|Final results and more pictures below!|
I completed the 21 Day Fix while pregnant!
I have to add in the disclaimer: my specialty is basically being a crazy busy wife/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, especially while pregnant!
SO let's go on to my review and results! I'm so excited to share this with you guys!
Ok, so Friday's Cardio Fix was a brute - those days, I subbed out yoga. This body does NOT like hard core cardio while pregnant (post-workout flu symptoms are NOT your friend)! BUT really, that's what this post is all about - learning what works for you and listening to your body! I also fought sickness through this round, so when I say I was imperfect, please believe me!
My body says no way to heart-pumping cardio while pregnant (post-workout flu symptoms = no fun!). The rest of the workouts were fine, and I was able to modify every single one of them to meet my own pregnant needs. 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, so on some of those, I use a stability ball and take it slow.
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!
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 -
My jaw dropped this morning when I not only saw my pictures, but also weighed in and measured. I lost 8 pounds and 2.5 inches in 21 days!
Now, please realize my goal for this round was to control weight gain and and increase my stamina/strength. I HAD gained weight a little rapidly the month before I started this, though this was not expected, but definitely welcome!
|Again - check out the length factor!|
I would love to connect with you! If you're looking for health & fitness support or encouragement during or after pregnancy, join us in our private Expecting or New Mamas support group here on facebook!