Announcing Your Pregnancy: 6 Ways to Make It Memorable

If you’re like most moms-to-be, you probably found out you were pregnant in the usual way: by peeing on a stick. However, when it comes time to let others in on your secret, you have the opportunity to do something far more creative with your pregnancy announcements. Read on for six suggestions to help you share your exciting news with the world.

PregnancyEveryone loves this kind of math.

1. Oh, Brother (Or Sister)

We’ve all heard the expression, “Out of the mouths of babes.” There’s nothing cuter than letting a proud future big brother or big sister spill the beans. Film the moment you tell your older child the big news and share it with your friends and family members. Not only is this an adorable way to let others know you’re pregnant, but it also gives older kids their very first important role as a big sib.

2 Trick AND Treat

Got a bun in the oven? Fans of Punk’d will enjoy this trick which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “What’s cooking?” Invite over friends and family members; when they’re all gathered in the kitchen, ask a special guest of honor to check what’s in the oven. They’ll all be confounded by the sight of a solitary bun. See how long it takes everyone to wise up to the joyful joke.

PregnancyAn announcement for moms of multiples.

An alternate take on this announcement? Arrange to have your good news shared via fortune cookie, and invite your loved ones over for the most exciting Chinese take-out meal of their lives. 

3. Go Social

If you’re far away from friends and loved ones and can’t tell them in person, here’s your chance to “win” social networking for the day. Share news of your pregnancy via Facebook post and watch the “Likes” pile up. Top it off with a picture of your positive pregnancy test and get ready for an all-time “Likes’ record…at least until that first baby picture appears.

4. That’s A Wrap

If you’ve just found out you’re pregnant, you probably can’t wait to get your hands on some itty bitty baby booties and other gear. Combine your newfound nesting instincts with your announcing duties by picking out a few cute baby items — from an adorable critter hat to a rattle. Wrap them up and bestow upon special people in your life as news of your impending arrival.

5. Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Or in this case, wear your words on your shirt. From “Body By Baby” to “Running For Two”, announce the news of the pea in your pod by wearing it on a tee-shirt and wearing it around town. 

PregnancyShe’s showing off her happy news.

6. A Surprise of Their Own

For those interested in an “are they or aren’t they” approach, skip the words and keep ‘em guessing until you start to show. How far can you make it before the bump makes itself known through your stylish maternity activewear?

There’s nothing more exciting than finding out you’re going to have a baby, but sharing the news with your loved ones and friends is a close second. Borrow one of these six great ideas or come up with one of your very own to share your amazing news in style.

Expecting Twins? More Staying Fit Tips

Expecting Twins? Here are some tips for preparing for a twins pregnancy from our Ambassador Marielle Burch as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series.  Check out her advice below: 

Staying Fit for Three

Yep, you read that right, not one but two babies….twins! When I first found out the news my initial thoughts were “how can I possibly take care of two babies?”, “can we afford this?” and “I’m going to get huge!”

Well, I’m currently in my third trimester and am happy to report that my pregnancy has gone extremely smoothly and I owe a lot of that to staying physical active throughout. I don’t want to paint a perfect picture though, of course there were days that I skipped my workout and ate ice cream on the couch. (Totally worth it!) Yes, I feel tired and uncomfortable, but overall my complaints are very minimal. I wanted to share my tips on staying fit throughout your pregnancy as well as a couple of my favorite exercises I have done throughout.

(Always check with you physician about your exercise plans as every pregnancy is unique)

Stay Hydrated! I carry my water bottle with me wherever I go. Yes that means I have to run to the restroom often, but drinking water has helped me to avoid overheating and feel   less fatigued throughout the day.

Listen to your Body! If something doesn’t feel right or you don’t feel comfortable doing it, then don’t. And always make sure you can talk normally, if not you are pushing it too hard. If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, always stop what you are doing. This isn’t the time to make any huge changes with your physique, just maintain where you are at and keep that blood pumping.

Sleep! Let your body rest, it is going through so many rapid changes so skimping on sleep is a no-no. In the beginning I was sleeping 9-10 hours a night plus naps on the weekend.

Learn Exercise Modifications! You will feel more comfortable going into a group exercise class if you know how to modify your routine. Let the instructor and/or trainer know you are pregnant and they can help you out throughout class. I have been taking barre classes for years and was able to continue throughout the pregnancy. I perform the planks and push-ups on my knees and perform all the abdominal exercises sitting up versus supine. There are modifications for everything, so don’t be afraid to speak up!

Below are two exercises that have felt great to me throughout the pregnancy.

Modified Side Planks

Side Plank pregnancy posePlanks are such a great exercise because they target your upper body and core and no reason to skip them completely if you are expecting. For the side planks, make sure your wrist is placed directly below your shoulder and your body leg is down on the ground. Brace your core and lift those hips up. For an added challenge, lift up your top leg to activate those hips once again. Begin holds for 15-30 seconds or add pulses up with your hips.

Plié Squats

Keeping those legs strong is important as your belly is growing as to take some of the strain away from your back. I love the Plié variation as it activates the outer hips as well. Stand up tall, feet should be wider than hip width with your toes pointed slightly out. Make sure your knees track in line with your second toes and do not fall in. Perform 20 repetitions and repeat 2-3x.

 

More about Marielle:  Marielle Burch is expecting twins and staying fit.She is a new wellness/fitness blogger and the voice behind Fit Girl in a Pretty World. She created her blog to share her fitness routines, tips, workouts, how to stay fit and fabulous everyday as well as her opinion on the latest Real Housewives episodes (guilty pleasure). She is originally from Seattle, lived in Los Angeles for 3 years, and recently relocated to Dallas with her husband awaiting the arrival of their boy/girl twins.

She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science and went on to become a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She is also certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is currently going through training and certification to become an instructor of Stroller Strides and Fit For Baby group exercise classes through Fit 4 Mom. (link: http://fit4mom.com/)

Including Your Partner In the Pregnancy Experience

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience — not just for the mom-to-be carrying the baby, but for dads, partners, and family too. While it’s easy to get carried away by the miraculous changes happening in your own body right now, don’t forget that your partner is also undergoing changes. By involving your husband or partner throughout your nine months of pregnancy, you can share the experience…and grow even closer in the process.

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You have questions and concerns and your partner does too!

Baby Talk
Excited? Nervous? Stressed? Here’s a hint: your partner is likely feeling many of the same emotions you are. By regularly talking about your own feelings, you’ll help loved ones feel more comfortable opening up about their feelings. If your partner remains locked up on the subject, share your pregnancy materials – point out interesting passages, or simply leave books or magazines on the coffee table for him to peruse when he’s ready.

One of the things your partner may feel most anxious about is delivery day. Help ease his mind by working on your birth plan together. Not only will he be more informed, but he’ll also be better prepared to advocate for you and your unborn child during delivery.

Invite Him In
In addition to inviting your partner to share his feelings about your pregnancy, invite him to actively participant in the experience. Gone are the days of the proud father-to-be coasting cluelessly along for nine months until it’s time to hand out cigars in the waiting room. Husbands can be involved every step of the way: from attending doctor’s appointments to reminding you to take your prenatals.

A simple yet meaningful way to involve your partner? Bring him along to your doctor’s appointments. Hearing the baby’s heartbeats and seeing the ultrasounds can help your partner feel included, and can also kickstart the bonding process. If your husband is unable or unwilling to attend, be sure to share all of the details after each appointment. A birthing class is also a great way to prepare together for labor and delivery.

Pregnancy class

Get connected — with each other and your baby — in a birthing class.

And don’t assume that your husband doesn’t want to be involved in certain baby-related decisions. He may have a theme in mind for the nursery or prefer a certain type of crib or bassinet. Don’t leave his opinion out of the equation just because he doesn’t have two X chromosomes.

Which ties into another baby-related convention previously considered the women’s domain: the baby shower. Many of today’s dads-to-be choose to be involved in this special celebration. Talk with your husband about whether he’d like to participate in your baby shower and in what capacity. You may be pleasantly surprised by his response!

Planning For Two By Two 
Babies are expensive, and your financial situation will change with the arrival of your bundle of joy. While you may envision a decked out nursery filled with the latest, hottest baby gear, your partner may just see dollar signs. Sit down with your partner and determine a household budget to help prepare for baby’s arrival. This can help you stay on the same spending page, while also sparing you financial stress in the long run.

Pregnancy class

Babies don’t grow on trees, and money doesn’t either. Budgeting is an important part of planning for new parenthood.

You can also plan ahead by taking a parenting class together. Whether you take an infant massage class or first aid and CPR, this can help settle new parent nerves while also aligning your perspectives on parenting.

Many men gain “sympathetic baby weight,” during their wives’ pregnancy. Rather than viewing pregnancy as a time to indulge and let go, partners can work together to stay healthy during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to join you in making smart food choices. And the next time you put on your maternity workout clothes, invite him along. Whether you decide to yoga-for-two or simply incorporate a morning walk into your daily routine, you can help stay fit and connected throughout your pregnancy.

Ultimately, while you’re the one carrying the baby, your partner is also experiencing nine months of uncertainty and excitement. These tips can help you share the experience together…right up until the best experience of all: the arrival of your brand new baby.

Trying To Conceive: Preparing for Pregnancy

Need help trying to conceive?  Here are some tips for preparing for pregnancy from our Ambassador Amy Will as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series.  Check out her advice below: 

ftf-postraceIn my previous post on the For Two Fitness® blog, I shared my experiences while training for my first post-baby marathon and soon after my husband and I decided it was time to start trying for Baby #2. While we became pregnant with our first baby right away, our wait for Baby #2 felt like a marathon itself – a very hilly marathon with high hopes of being pregnant at the beginning of each cycle and the lows of finding out you’re not expecting at the end.

Trying to conceive can be a very stressful time, especially as the months pass by without seeing a positive pregnancy test. Through some research, I learned that we weren’t alone in this time of waiting. The average couple has an 80% chance of conceiving within a year and, even with perfectly-timed intercourse and no fertility issues, there is only a 25% chance of conceiving each month!

Personally, I struggled to even have a cycle for many months. After nursing my son until he was 14 months old, I found that completely weaning him was the only way to get my cycle to return. Once my cycle did return, we still weren’t getting pregnant. I decided the best I could do while waiting was pray and prepare my body for a future pregnancy, though we weren’t sure if our future had a second child in it.

As an avid runner, there were times when I questioned whether running and strength training were helping or hindering my fertility, if maybe gaining a few pounds would help us get pregnant or if cutting out coffee all together would do the trick. I did cut back from running full marathons to running half marathons for the year and ran lower mileage in training, in hopes that it would help my body to get back on track.

Here are a few ways to prepare for pregnancy before conception:

Pre-Pregnancy Preparation

1. Have a Healthy Exercise Routine – Regular exercise is so important! Though getting too much or too little exercise may harm your fertility by causing hormonal imbalances that disrupt ovulation. If you don’t have a regular exercise regimen, consult your physician to determine an appropriate amount of exercise for you (Livestrong.com).

2. Eat a Balanced Diet - Make sure to include foods that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, folic acid, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, zinc, and selenium. Keep your caffeine intake in a healthy range and refrain from alcohol consumption (Parker-Littler, 15)

3. Take a Prenatal Vitamin - Start taking a daily folic acid supplement of 400 micrograms up to three months before conception (Parker-Littler, 16). If you are unsure of which prenatal vitamin to purchase, ask your doctor or midwife for recommendations.

4. Chart Your Cycle - Use a calendar to chart the length of your cycle and calculate possible dates for ovulation in order to time intercourse for conception. Not everyone has a 28-day cycle! There are other more in-depth ways to track your fertile phase including the basal body temperature method and cervical mucus method.

5. De-Stress - De-stressing can be difficult when trying to conceive. Plus, if you are chasing other little ones around the house, there isn’t much down time to rest! Getting a good nights sleep, keeping up with regular exercise and even talking with a supportive friend can help to relieve stress. For me, de-stressing meant spending intentional time in prayer and being honest with God about my fears and our desire to have more children.

6. Maintain a Healthy Weight - Being overweight or underweight can both affect your fertility. Women planning a pregnancy are encouraged to maintain a BMI in the range of 20-25 to improve their reproductive health (Parker-Littler, 18).

7. Count Your Blessings - Focusing on the blessings in your life helps to get through the tough times. Each morning, making a list of three things I thank God for really helped to change my perspective on the harder days! Don’t let the stress of trying to conceive keep you from enjoying the people in your life now.

ftf-14weeksWhile I was tapering for a half marathon in September, I just wasn’t feeling like myself. My appetite had increased, I was more tired than usual and felt dizzy when moving around too quickly but I wrote off the symptoms as the “taper crazies”. (Don’t most runners get a little crazy while waiting for race day?!) After so many months of being disappointed, I was scared to get my hopes up that this might be the month.

Race day came and I crossed the finish line 6 minutes slower than my goal time of 1:30. I knew I had given all I had that day and I felt totally drained for the rest of the weekend. Must be coming down with a cold, I figured.

Days passed by and I was late. I still had doubts because once my cycle did return it was longer than normal (33 to 35 days), I waited a few days and then took a pregnancy test. There it was - the positive line! The line was faint, but it was there!

I could hardly believe my eyes so I took another test a few days later and took a picture of the test to show my husband when he got off work. We really were pregnant!

Now at 14 weeks pregnant, the reality of having our second child is setting in. My growing belly sure is sure evidence that our baby is healthy and on his/her way! Words can’t explain how thankful we are for the blessing of another pregnancy and for our son becoming a big brother next spring.

This pregnancy is proving to be more challenging than my first, but it is such a miracle to be able to grow another life. When the usual pregnancy symptoms are getting to me or I feel the need to complain, I just remind myself how fervently we prayed for this baby. The morning sickness, lack of energy and pregnancy aches and pains are all worth it for this precious baby!

More about Amy:  I’m a stay-at-home, full-time mother with a 21-month-old son. I write about motherhood, faith, running, coffee and other day-to-day topics on my blog “Life to the Full“.  Follow me on Twitter @creativeaim87.
*This is not intended as medical advice, as this is my personal experience. Please speak to your medical professional with any health concerns you have.*
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References:

Parker-Littler, Catherine. Ask a Midwife: All Your Pregnancy and Birth Questions Answered with Wisdom, Insight and Expertise. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2008. Print.

 

Pregnant with Twins: How to Stay Fit

Congratulations! You’re pregnant…with twins! Twice the babies, twice the ice cream, right? Not exactly. While eating for three may involve taking in a few extra calories, it doesn’t mean gorging to your heart’s content. Nor does it necessarily mean a nine-month hiatus from your exercise regimen. But it does mean taking a gentler approach to exercise. Read on for everything you need to know about staying fit and healthy during your pregnancy with twins.

Proceed With Caution

Whether your goal is to tone your muscles, prevent excess weight gain, boost your mood or get a better night’s sleep, the physical and mental benefits of exercise abound.

 

Pregnant with twins, how to stay fitToo much bouncing is bad for that baby belly.

 

But before you step into that stylish maternity activewear — because let’s face it: the clothing makes the workout! — take note: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you refrain from high-impact aerobic workouts due to the increased risk of preterm labor and other potential problems.

While you may feel like you’re ready to run a marathon, the truth is that you will likely be more comfortable if you slow things down a bit — particularly during the second trimester and beyond. Other exercises to avoid? Contact sports, fall-prone activities, such as horseback riding and skiing, high-altitude workouts, and deep-sea activities. Additionally, avoid lying on your back as this can cut off your circulation.

One principle should guide your approach to both food and fitness during pregnancy: Moderation is the mindset. You can still exercise but you will probably find that some routines are more comfortable for you than others. Stick with gentle, low-impact activities such as walking, stretching, and swimming. Also, look into prenatal yoga classes at your local gym or community center. (Some standard yoga poses may be bad for baby, so seek out a class for expectant moms.)

And don’t forget your Kegels: this pelvic floor-strengthening movement is an effective preventative measure for keeping your babies inside.

Stop Signs Ahead

It’s also important to know when to call it a day and hit the showers: stop if you feel tired or hot as these signs may indicate that you’re overdoing it. Your workouts may not be as long or intense as they were in your pre-pregnancy days, but you and your babies will still reap the benefits.

Over-exertion may also lead to Braxton Hicks contractions. If these don’t stop after 20 minutes of rest and hydration, check in with your physician. Heart palpitations, dizziness, and pain are also causes to call your doctor.

But Before You Begin…

And speaking of your doctor, never start a new exercise regimen without first consulting with your physician. Different health care practitioners have different approaches to fitness during pregnancy. Your doctor can help you determine a safe and beneficial workout program for your pregnancy.

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When the going gets tough, keep your eye on the prize.

Although giving up your regular workout routine for a scaled down version can feel frustrating — particularly if you’re carrying multiples and expected to gain even more weight than for singleton pregnancies — it’s helpful to maintain a broad perspective of the ultimate goal: a safe, healthy pregnancy. And remember: before you know it, you’ll be back on that treadmill…with two beautiful babies in tow.

3 Surprising Facts About Pregnancy

There are many surprising facts about pregnancy.  Pregnancy is full of many unknowns all leading up to one of life’s biggest surprises: meeting the tiny new human who now will rule your world. But even if you’ve read that dog-eared copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” from front to back and back again, there are still some things that you may not be expecting. Read on to learn three pregnancy facts to add to the lists of infinite reasons why pregnancy is both weird and wonderful.

1. The Super Pregnancy Sniffer

Most mamas-to-be notice a change in sense of smell during pregnancy. While the extent may vary from woman to woman, many find it extreme…and less than palatable. Scientists posit that this heightened sensitivity may be connected to your innate drive to protect your baby by sniffing out potentially harmful smells.

Surprising Facts about pregnancy

Nose plugs may be in order for the next nine months.

A few simple strategies can be helpful in diffusing the situation. Eat and cook only foods that smell good to you. Garlic and onions? Not so much. Keep windows open to allow fresh air to circulate through your home, and wash clothing and interior upholstery frequently as fabric can absorb odors.

If possible, surround yourself with scents that do appeal to you. For example, many women find that lavender, mint, or ginger are actually soothing instead of offensive.

2. Pregnancy Feet – Another excuse to go shoe shopping? Yes, please!

You’re probably aware that you’ll need to invest in a pregnancy wardrobe, including undergarments, work attire, and maternity workout clothes, but did you also know that new shoes are likely in order? Your feet may expand up an entire shoe size. In fact, up to 70 percent of pregnant women report an increase in both foot width and length during pregnancy.

And while you may eventually get back into your favorite LBD, your feet may have a different idea when it comes to squeezing back into those amazing Christian Louboutins. While swelling can be attributed to fluid retention, changes to the size and shape of your feet may be permanent — particularly if you develop flat feet.

Surprising Facts about pregnancy

From seed to watermelon in just nine months: fallen arches are part of the deal for many mamas-to-be.

These changes to your feet aren’t just inconvenient, they can also hurt. Minimize pain by wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of arch support, drinking plenty of water, and elevating your feet. Regular exercise is also an important part of promoting circulation and overall good health.

And look at it on the bright side: you have a scientific reason to go out and buy new shoes!

3. No Pregnancy Glow?

While you often hear about that radiant “pregnancy glow,” the truth is that more than half of pregnant women experience melasma. Also known as the “pregnancy mask,” this hyperpigmentation leads to darkening of the skin around the eyes, chin and mouth.

Even if you’re in the minority who doesn’t endure hyperpigmentation, you may also experience anything from new spider veins to dark under-eye circles. As your hormones continue to fluctuate after birth, you can expect to see continued changes in your skin.

Luckily, there are plenty of lifestyle, over-the-counter and prescription solutions for skin problems. Staying out of the sun and keeping your skin hydrated can play important roles in maintaining your complexion. Or talk to your doctor about safe skin treatments. And remember: a lot of that glow comes from within!

The nine months of pregnancy are filled with many changes — some exciting, some not so much. The more knowledgeable you are about what to expect, the more prepared you can be to sail through pregnancy with minimal surprises … right up until the magical moment of birth.

What do you think?

Do you have some pregnancy surprises of your own?  Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Many women struggle with fears about weight gain during pregnancy. Gaining too much weight can lead to a number of complications, but so can not gaining enough. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of healthy weight gain during this exciting time.

So How Many Calories Does Your Baby Need?
Pop culture would have us believe pregnant women eat an endless supply of donuts, ice cream and other unhealthy foods. In many cases, this is cliche and doesn’t hold up to today’s moms-to-be who are committed to healthy pregnancies.

Just how many extra calories do you need to consume during pregnancy? A mere 300 calories delivers everything you need to support the growth and development of your baby. Considering that a healthy, active 130-pound woman’s daily caloric requirements come in just under 2,000 calories; an additional 300 calories is hardly the binge-fest you might have expected.

Healthy weight gain in pregnancy

How much belly is too much belly?

But it’s not just the number that matters. While 300 calories worth of cookies is a sugar-rush waiting to happen, 300 calories worth of lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and fruits can optimize nutrition, provide essential fuel for your body, and lead to safer weight gain.

Weight Gain Matters
Gaining the right amount of weight is important — both for maternal and baby health. But the needs of all pregnant women are far from the same. While the general rule of thumb for women who begin their pregnancies with a healthy BMI is a weight gain of between 25 and 35 pounds, it varies for others, according to the March of Dimes. Underweight women may need to gain as many as 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy, while overweight women should gain somewhere between 15 to 25. If you were obese before pregnancy, an 11 to 20 pound weight gain is optimal.

It’s no surprise that moms-to-be of multiples need to eat a bit more. Those who began their pregnancy at a healthy weight should gain between 37 and 54 pounds, overweight women should gain between 31 and 50 pounds, and obese women should gain between 25 and 42 pounds.

For all women, weight gain should begin slowly — under five pounds in the first trimester, to be exact. Weight gain should then pick up during the second and third trimesters. But don’t expect weight gain to be level and by the book, however; it may come in surprising spurts.

The Role of Exercise During Pregnancy
Under no circumstances should you attempt to lose weight during pregnancy. Exercising is important as a vital fitness and weight management technique, not as one for weight loss during pregnancy.

If you’re having trouble staying motivated to exercise as your pregnancy progresses, enlist a buddy for inspiration. Or treat yourself to stylish maternity workout clothes. These won’t just come in handy over the next few months, but will also be helpful after your baby’s birth when your body is still returning to its pre-pregnancy shape and size.

Why is Weight Gain Important During Pregnancy?
Women who don’t gain enough weight during pregnancy risk having a low birthweight baby. And while some low birthweight babies are healthy, others may suffer from a variety of health issues, such as respiratory, brain, heart and digestive problems. Low birthweight can even lead to vision loss. Many low birthweight babies require time in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

Gaining too much weight can also lead to low birthweight babies due to the increased risk of premature birth. But excess weight gain during pregnancy also comes with potential health problems for the mom-to-be, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Healthy weight gain in pregnancy

Feeling confused about pregnancy weight gain? Your doctor can help!

If you aren’t sure how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy, speak with your physician who can offer helpful guidance. Whatever your goal, you can support healthy weight gain by being aware of your caloric needs and weight gain requirements, as well as healthy lifestyle practices, such as eating right and exercising.

Prevent Pregnancy Back Pain

Many women experience pregnancy back pain.  The many physical changes which occur during these nine months can lead to new aches and pains. However, there are several things you can do to alleviate pregnancy back pain and find relief!  Read on…

Posture Matters
As your baby grows, so does your belly. This shift in gravity can lead you to overcompensate in the opposite direction, causing back pain during pregnancy. However, leaning back to avoid falling forward strains lower back muscles. By focusing on standing up straight with a wide stance, keeping your shoulders back, holding your chest high, and maintaining a gentle knee bend when standing, you can achieve the proper posture for warding off back pain.

But good posture doesn’t happen just when you’re standing. Choose seating with back support, or use a pillow for extra support. Prop your feet on a stool for additional layer of posture protection.

Woman experiencing back pain during pregnancy

This doesn’t have to be you.

Support Measures
Have visions of teetering through pregnancy on your favorite Jimmy Choos? It’s time to rethink that vision. While stilettos and other sky-high shoes may be fashionable, they can wreak havoc on your back. Flat shoes aren’t the solution either. Instead, seek out sturdy shoes with low heels and arch support. Luckily, this doesn’t mean sacrificing style; there are plenty of chic footwear options for modern mamas-to-be.

While the jury is out regarding whether maternity support belts are truly effective in preventing back pain, many women report positive results.

Lastly, sleeping on your side using a pregnancy pillow to support your tummy and back can also offer relief.

Get Moving
While back pain may make you want to crawl into bed, routine exercise is an essential part of strengthening your back and easing pain.

Low impact activities, such as walking and swimming, are typically safe during pregnancy, but be sure to check in with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You may also want to ask your physician to recommend stretching exercises.

If the thought of squeezing into your pre-pregnancy workout clothes is holding you back from getting to the gym, invest in some chic yet comfortable maternity workout clothes. You’ll be even happier to have them when your body is returning to pre-pregnancy shape after your baby’s arrival.

Seek Complementary Therapies
Many pregnant women find relief in hot and cold therapies, such as heating pads and ice packs. Acupuncture and chiropractic treatment have also both been known to offer comfort. Or, enlist your partner’s healing hands for a gentle massage. This is also a great bonding opportunity with baby!

Massages prevent back pain during pregnancy

It’s the least he can do.

Again, consult with your doctor before pursuing a complementary therapy.

If your back pain is severe or continues for more than two weeks, check in with your health care provider who may recommend clinical treatment. And remember; while back pain is a common ailment during pregnancy, it can also indicate preterm labor. If you experience vaginal bleeding, burning during urination, or fever along with your back pain, contact your doctor immediately.

Nearly 70 percent of women report experiencing lower back pain at some point during pregnancy. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. These techniques offer valuable relief so moms-to-be can focus on enjoying pregnancy instead of merely getting through it.

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The grand prize winner will win everything you see listed here. Prizes have been furnished by our wonderful brand partners in connection with a sponsoring ambassador (Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and Melody from Will Run For Margaritas). Here are more details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy:

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Happy New Year mamas. We trust you had a wonderful holiday season with your families. We wanted to let you know that For Two Fitness will be running an exciting give away next week starting on January 12 via partnerships with our Fit Mom Ambassadors! (ENTER HERE)
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You will have the chance to win some amazing prizes including a BOB Stroller, For Two Fitness outfit, Ergo Baby carrier, and Asics running shoes. The official contest will run from January 12-16.
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Stay tuned for more details, the full blog post with entry links, and information about how you can win! Be sure to follow our Fit Mom Ambassador partners @run4margaritas and @momslrb on Instagram in order for the winning entry to be valid next week.
This will be a phenomenal give away with outstanding prizes, so be sure to check back for details.