Maggie's Tips for a HIP & Healthy Pregnancy

Here is what she had to say: Every woman and every pregnancy is different, so what I have to say may resonate with you or it may not at all. I have always been a healthy eater. I know that what I put into my body is 70% of the work, working out is 20% and the last 10 is having a good attitude. I am lucky that I work in an industry where I am constantly in motion and most people don’t have that luxury. Even though I am on my feet a lot of the day teaching, I only work out an hour a day.

You don’t have to work in the fitness industry to have a happy, healthy pregnancy. Going on walks at lunch, doing cardio in in the morning (even just 30 minutes a day) can really make a big difference. Movement is like medicine for the body and can actually decrease the general aches and pains you experience. I know women who have been told not to exercise because of high-risk pregnancies. They had a harder time with general aches and pains from lack of movement, than say they did with their first child when they were able to work out

If you ARE lucky enough to have a healthy pregnancy and the doctor gives you the green light to workout, go for it!

If you are traveling for work, try getting in a quick workout in the hotel before meetings, just twenty minutes in the am or the pm or whenever you can squeeze it in. There really isn’t any excuse in my mind to not get 45min to an hour of a workout in at least three a week. Even if that means you have to do two short workouts a day. I stopped running on the strand and started swimming for cardio! Some people are able to run, but it just didn’t feel comfortable for me. If you are in a class let the instructor know that you are pregnant so they can give you proper modifications. If you are walking, running, or swimming for cardio just make sure that your heart rate doesn’t get too high. If you start to feel too winded you will know to slow it down. Doctors used to say that keeping your heart rate under 140 was ideal for pregnant women, but today heart rate limits aren’t typically imposed.

Trust your body! If something isn’t comfortable, don’t do it. You are only pregnant for 40 weeks and you can go back to doing everything you did before after that nine months. I focused mainly on toning my arms and legs when I was in classes and avoided laying on my back pretty early on. It’s important to not lay on your back for long periods of time by the second trimester. Get up and change positions often. I can still do ab rollers (on a blue). I take most planks to my knees (on a blue). I do not do reformer work on the back end.

MAGGIE’S PREGGO TIPS

  1. Pound Water ALL day
  2. Learn what foods you can handle 1st trimester and eat those until you aren’t sick anymore.
  3. Once you are able to stomach veggies again EAT veggies! (I wasn’t able to eat veggies 1st trimester at all).
  4. Don’t get upset with yourself for eating Pringles on occasion. (they kept me alive 1st tri) So did watermelon, pickles, crackers, some cheeses.
  5. Keep Moving. I swam, walked, took hip classes, and stretched on my own at home.
  6. Try to enjoy the moment and stay positive
  7. Surround yourself with positive women and men who support you! I was so lucky to have so many positive people around me during this time
  8. Mentally prep that every woman handles it differently, has a different experience with pregnancy and birth and don’t compare yourself to others.
  9. I kept a journal of my weekly weight gain and it helped me keep my gain in control. I also wasn’t crazy about the number but cared more about how I felt at the end of the day.
  10. Know your weakness! I know that I have a sweet tooth, so I really tried not to indulge in sweets during these 40 weeks. Did I on occasion? YES! But NOT every night.