Today we feature a guest post by the lovely and smart Amanda Tress, personal trainer and founder of Fit Pregnancy and Parenting online. There is almost nothing more adorable than the pic at the end of this post, so be sure to read on. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!
Is it safe to exercise in the third trimester of pregnancy? What workouts are appropriate? These are questions that I get often from my clients. And I’m here to tell you — it’s absolutely safe to exercise in your third trimester of pregnancy. Here is a break down of my workouts this past week (I am currently 32 weeks pregnant). Please keep in mind that I am in exceptional shape and maintained a very vigorous workout schedule pre-pregnancy.
Day 1: 6 miles of running with clients, cardio machines, free weights, and pilates
Day 2: 3.25 miles of running/walking
Day 3: 3 hours of cardio machines, running, and pilates with clients
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: 1 hour of plyos with a client
Day 6: 6 hours of running, cardio machines, and lifting with clients
Day 7: Rest
This weekend I am running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon with three of my gym clients. I am SO excited! I certainly won’t be breaking any records, but I plan to finish the 13.1 miles with style (we might purchase some pig noses and tails for the race). I even thought about turning my preggy belly into a little pig face and seeing how many stares I get. HA, just kidding.
Here are some important items to note as you continue working out through your third trimester or pregnancy:
Consult with your doctor about working out in the third trimester of pregnancy. My doctor is very supportive of my workouts and intensity level and has not given me any restrictions. She is fully aware that I am running a half marathon this weekend and is really excited to see me for my prenatal appointment on Monday and hear how it went.
Listen to your body: If you experience any red flags (cramping, bleeding, shortness of breath, etc) … immediately stop your workout and consult your doctor if necessary.
You will almost definitely have to scale back the intensity of your workouts. I am still working out for the same amount of time as pre-pregnancy, but I have definitely decreased the intensity of my workouts in this trimester.
Every pregnancy and every woman is different. Do not compare yourself with me, your pregnant friend, or yourself in a previous third trimester of pregnancy. I am able to do things this pregnancy that I was not able to do when I was pregnant with Emma, but I have also had to scale back a few exercises even more than I did with her. (Ex: I am able to run more than I did with her since Baby Boy is sitting higher, but I have had to stop doing lunges as often because it makes my pelvis very sore).
If you have any questions about working out in the third trimester of pregnancy, please let me know! I would be more than happy to give you advice based on my experience and research.
Fit Pregnancy and Parenting was founded by Amanda Tress, mommy to a beautiful baby girl, mommy-to-be to a baby boy (June 2013), and a personal trainer who is passionate about health and wellness. She has trained clients in the gym for over 9 years, and truly enjoys helping women lose weight, learn how to exercise properly, gain confidence, and transform their lives (and the lives of their family) for the better. Follow Amanda on Pinterest, Instagram (@fitparenting), Twitter, and Facebook.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the dangers and harms of overseas outsourcing for apparel manufacturing, citing garment giants like Nike, Columbia, Puma, H&M, and Wal Mart. Just one more reason why we are proud to be made in the USA, supporting local jobs in Los Angeles and Raleigh.
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Below are some excerpts from the article. Click to read the full article and interesting comments online at the WSJ.
“Critics worry that factory safety and worker protections won’t improve as long as apparel companies chase the lowest manufacturing costs”
“The demand for low costs, ultrafast turnarounds and zero mistakes in clothing production has put enormous pressure on factories throughout the developing world. Activists say that raises the risk of more disasters or labor unrest.”
“The manufacturing industry is running out of low-cost sourcing destinations, and it’s time to invest in making factories safer and better, rather than searching for cheaper labor,” says Auret van Heerden, chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, a monitoring group funded partly by Western companies.”
We realize that there may be benefits to outsourcing, and to infusing developing countries with industry. As a family company, we prefer to do business with small partners, developing personal relationships with transparency and trust. Thank you for your support!
We are so proud of these amazing mamas! Looking good, ladies! Thank you for sharing on our page – we’ve added you to our Pinterest Belly Gallery.
From cool strollers and mini designer duds to stylish infant carriers, celebrity trend expert Rachel Florio-Urso is always ahead of the curve when it comes the hottest baby products on the market.
And right now, she’s giving away loads of celeb-worthy goodies to one lucky Moms & Babies reader. They gift set includes the following:
GracoBaby SnugRide Click Connect 35 car seat, SnugRider Elite stroller frame and FastAction Fold Jogger($430), Dish and Spoon Productions‘s Post Royal Crown Wall Art ($168), WubbaNub pacifier ($12), The Matching Dots Little Chloe Dress ($60), Zip It Baby Dreamsicle set and Big Apple Dress ($107), Little TrendstarHipster Onesie ($24), Baby Björn Travel Crib Light and Safe Step Stool ($320), Fairy Godmother’s StoreChiffon Flower Headband and Tiny Toes Set ($76), For Two Fitness Maternity Pant and Racerback Tank Top ($120), April Marin Resort Ruffle Shawl ($90), DADspirations The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood book ($14), Tutu Du Monde Dew Drop Tutu Dress ($150), Stride Rite Crib & Crawl shoes ($30), SnuggyBaby Prestige Ring Sling ($95), Stinky McGee Plaid Bow-Tie Onesie ($35), Medela Pump In Style Advanced ($300), BebeVuUltrasound Sharing Experience ($30), Little Circus Toys, Clothing & Keepsakes ($50), Born Free 3 Pack of Eco Deco Bottles and 9oz Drinking Cup ($26), Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool and Bubbling Spa & Shower ($60), Sweet Jane Paperie Set of 10 Fabric-Backed Cards ($80), Bailey Berry Patented Reversa Strap Shoes ($38), Via Parenting Rock Your Inner Mama CD ($25), Princess Linens Doodlebag and Personalized Crayon Apron ($32), Boutique Elli’Ette Posh Ruffled Bubble Dress ($38), Lil’ Giggles Couture Chunky Necklaces and Lace Legwarmers ($56), Mimi and Maggie Girls Spring Dress ($80), Monogram Muse Gifts Shirt ($36), Hey Sugar Snap The sugarSNAP Files ($44), Hula Bye The Happy Changer ($42), Tickle Toes Hooded Towel, Burp & Bib Set and Wipe Case ($96), Butch and Harold Sweet Stickr Frame Set ($20), Lollipop Moon Baby Accessories ($120).
Hurry up and enter for your chance to win! Online entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 4/8/13 and 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 4/14/13. See Official Rules.
We love to showcase bumps wearing our apparel, so we just can’t resist introducing you to Courtney over at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. You’ll want to be sure to check our her blog, and follow her journey through this first pregnancy! She is sooo cute. We added her to our Pinterest Belly Gallery too, of course.
Here’s an excerpt of her post. Click the link above to visit her site!
The very awesome Akemi Sue (aka Mommy Guru) is hosting a huge giveaway, so of course, we want to be sure our most loyal followers and fans don’t miss out on a chance to win $100 to spend at For Two Fitness! This is part of her “March Madness” giveaway series, so be sure to check out the other fantastic offerings while you’re on her blog. Here’s an excerpt of the giveaway, along with a link to enter:
Who doesn’t want apparel for their growing belly that will give you compliments every day? For Two Fitness® is the premier maternity fitness apparel brand that is bump flattering & will enhance your confidence and inspire your joy. No really it will! Each top has the cutest slogan on it like “dancing for two”, “body by baby” & “belly up to the barre”. SWOON!
Whether you’re loungin’ or being active, this is the must-have maternity wear
for any mom-to-be!
Ends April 1st at 11:59pm EST open to US residents only, ages 18+. Good luck!