5 Fabulous Reasons to Give Maternity Yoga a Go

Maternity yoga

Maternity yoga, or yoga done during the course of your pregnancy, is a safe way to exercise and can actually help prepare the body for childbirth. If you’re looking for a way to stay fit or to increase your fitness level safely during pregnancy, read on for some great reasons to give maternity yoga a try.

1) It gives you a chance to focus on you.

As your pregancy progresses, you will naturally find yourself thinking more and more about the life inside you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with planning, preparing or even just worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong. The breathing and centering techniques yoga teaches will focus you back on what your body is feeling and what it needs from you to be relaxed and ready to take on the challenges of parenthood confidently.

2) It helps the body prepare physically for childbirth – and beyond.

According to FitPregnancy.com, regular practice of yoga poses over the months leading up to childbirth will strengthen many of the muscles that will be needed when the time comes to give birth, as well as increase stamina that may be needed for the labor process. That doesn’t mean you won’t have the strength to give birth without taking yoga classes, but yoga may make the whole process less of a strain on the body, and you may bounce back quicker afterward and have more energy to make it through sleep interruptions and carrying baby and equipment around everywhere you go.

3) It improves circulation and releases tension in the body.

The poses involved in yoga increase circulation within the joints as the muscles are moved and stretched, FitPregnancy says. Enhanced circulation decreases swelling in the body and improves immune system function, all of which helps with the strain put on the body during pregnancy. Additionally, the poses release tension that can cause discomfort in the lower back, legs, and neck so that you can be more comfortable as the pregancy progresses.

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4) It improves posture.

Pregnancy can bring challenges even to those with the best posture, and posture isn’t likely to improve after childbirth while constantly lifting a newborn, not to mention carrying a newborn around in a carseat or sling. Jyothi Larson, author of Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby, says that maternity yoga will help with awareness of good posture, which will help during and after the pregnancy.

5) It provides a community of support.

Joining a maternity yoga class will help you get to know other moms-to-be who also want to be fit and healthy during their pregnancies. Developing friendships with other expecting moms can give you a place to vent, get information, and just feel understood by others in your situation.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Maternity yoga should not be practiced without a doctor’s okay. Certain poses such as those lying on the back for extended periods and certain types of yoga like “hot yoga” (Bikram yoga) are not recommended during pregnancy. Gentle poses are best, with support from yoga straps or blocks during the second and third trimesters. Always follow your doctor’s advice and practice with a yoga teacher who is experienced in maternity yoga.

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Be a Better Mom With This Surprising Tip

We are pleased to bring you this guest post from Ambassador Shira Nelson.  Struggling to find balance between work and family and find time for yourself? In this post, Shira writes about how focusing on you can help make you a happier, healthier and better mom.

If you don’t take care of you, who will?

Being a mom is a gift. It is by far the most rewarding job in the world. It is also completely selfless. I remember when I first became pregnant. All of a sudden, my decisions were no IMG_1220longer just about me and what I wanted. I was already thinking of that little person inside. The choices I made were not just about me, they were about what was best for my little girl that I was growing. Those thoughts have continued as I raise my toddler and begin my journey into my second pregnancy.

We all want the best for our children. I truly believe that we as moms want to give, nurture and take care of our children the best we can. While some days are harder than others, just knowing that we are in fact doing our best makes our “job” a little less scary.

Part of being the best mom or “mom to be” you can be is learning how to take care of you. I know it sounds impossible for some, because where do you find the time? Or maybe it seems selfish? We have worked all day and then come home to workout and not spend every second we have with our kids? Or what about the household chores? How will we do that too? I get that.

Being a mom involves going through each day doing everything for everyone else and never stopping to think about yourself. For whatever reasons, life gets in the way and we immediately put ourselves on the back burner.

But what about us? If we don’t take care of us, then who will? Do we just hope that we can make it through being tired, feeling frumpy and eating whatever? Do we hope that our kids will grow up to eat healthy and see exercise as a way of life if we don’t put it on our list of priorities? Do we hope that the baby we are growing inside will be just as healthy without us taking time to exercise?

Does it work that way?

I think it’s important to note that we all have the same amount of time in the day. While each person has a different set of circumstances, there is some truth to the fact that we make time for what matters.

Taking care of you is by far the best thing you can do for your baby, your kids, and your family. We all know how we feel when we exercise. We get that endorphin high, that energy burst, and an overall feeling of happiness. While we can easily try to push those feelings aside when we don’t have time, we definitely notice a difference in our mood, our patience and our ability to keep up with our kids when we take care of us.

What does taking care of us mean?

When I mention the healthy mom lifestyle or fit pregnancy, I am not talking about prepping food for hours, or spending an hour in the gym. I am talking about doing simple daily tasks that help you be a fit and healthy mom right now wherever you are in your journey. You can be both of those without much extra time.

I am all about balance during pregnancy and motherhood. It’s kind of cliche because most moms would say the one thing they struggle with most is balance.  When you do find that balance between obsession and not doing anything, you begin to see that taking care of you is not as “scary” as it sounds.

For me and the thousands of moms I work with, the key is setting small goals and being consistent. Choosing one realistic task to focus on everyday. And then adding another when the first one becomes habit. Taking the timeline and expectation of where you *think* you need to be and do whats works for you and your life.

Here are three very simple tasks to try. Each task will help you move towards having a “fit” pregnancy and becoming a mom “beyond baby.”

  1. Aim for a minimum of 3 liters of water everyday.
  2. Prioritize protein. We as women need protein. It also helps keep us satiated and feeling full longer. Focus on getting your protein at every meal.
  3. Be realistic with your exercise goals. Having a fit pregnancy is not about doing as much as you can. It is about finding that balance between being safe and doing effective exercises for you and baby. And as a new mom, don’t stress. Grab a pair of dumbbells at home, take a walk and focus on movement. You have your whole life to get your body back.

Highlands Ranch PhotographerMore from Shira: Hi, I’m Shira Nelson. I am a mom to a toddler with #2 on the way, a wife, and full time business owner (mompreneur) over at Mom Beyond Baby. When I am not chasing my toddler, I am teaching group fitness classes and running my online business (my other “baby”). My passion is teaching expecting, new, and busy moms how to make themselves a priority through hormonal fat loss coaching and efficient exercise. I specialize in helping moms around the world create a plan that works with their lifestyle so that fat loss and the healthy mom lifestyle become an effortless part of their life. You can grab a free healthy mom handbook at shiranelsoncoaching.com and find everything for a mom “beyond baby” on my website at shiranelson.com. I also share tons of workouts, fat loss tips and of course pictures of my “real” life on Instagram @mombeyondbaby and on my Facebook page facebook.com/mombeyondbaby.

Choosing Baby Strollers: Consider Your Needs

Choosing baby strollersChoosing the right baby stroller will make the early years of parenting a walk in the park. The right stroller serves as an extra hand, assisting you during newborn calming walks, fitness training sessions for two, traveling with multiples, and more. There’re several different aspects you’ll want to explore to ensure the stroller you choose is the right one for both safety and travel needs.

Safety First

Before exploring additional options, you’ll want to choose a baby stroller with the appropriate safety features. Experts say that safe baby strollers should be solid in build, and the wheels must be on a wide base. The solid build and wide base ensures stability with the stroller. You can test the stroller’s stability by pushing down lightly on the handles. When light pressure is applied to the handles of the baby stroller, it shouldn’t tip backward. The stroller should also have a T-shaped belt buckle, locking front wheels, and breaks on the back as part of its safety profile.

Grow with me

When first buying a stroller, it’s likely you’re purchasing for a newborn, which will require a lot of extra head support. While there are strollers designed specific to newborn babies, you can also opt for a grow with me option that will save you the hassle of choosing a new baby stroller model a year down the road. A grow with me stroller will offer different sized belt buckle options along with various levels of support through a fully adjustable seat.

Three’s a crowd

If you have more than one baby, you will want to choose a stroller that’s equipped to handle your small crowd. With strollers designed to hold up to six children at one time (hey, it happens!) finding a dual-design stroller that offers the features you’re looking for shouldn’t be difficult. Experts say that parents should opt for tandem models (one child sits in front of the older), rather than side to side models, as these are easier to operate.

Baby’s Day Out

How you’ll be using your baby stroller is one of the most important aspects to weigh while searching for the perfect ride. Even the most high-tech stroller filled with the latest features won’t be useful if it’s not equipped for your everyday use. While there’s a variety of additional features you can opt for when buying your baby stroller, choosing the right basic style will ensure your stroller is ready to go where you are.

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If you’re always on the go, an umbrella stroller is the perfect match. These strollers are light and can fit pretty much anywhere during storage. Opt for a model that fully reclines, as it can both support your newborn’s fragile head and turn into an upright chair to provide comfort for your toddler.

For moms who travel with a ton of backup supplies and who may need some extra space for their own belongings, a full-sized traditional stroller is likely the best option. A full-sized traditional offers various areas of storage space where you can keep all of your belongings while out and about with the baby.

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Moms who are working to stay fit can benefit from a jogging stroller. A jogging stroller is designed to keep up with you during any workout. From blazing trails to bike paths, the active mom will find the jogging stroller to be their perfect post-pregnancy companion. You can even pick out some stylish maternity workout clothes to supercharge your jogging stroller workouts, while maximizing comfort.

Conclusion

Once you’ve decided on the baby stroller features that match your needs, consider any additional perks that are not necessary for travel or safety, but important to you, this includes things like an extra cup holder for mom. With the various styles available on the market today, all it takes is a little research and brainstorming to find the perfect set of wheels for you and your new addition. Share this post on your social media site to help other moms find their perfect stroller!

Beat the Winter Workout Blues

We are extremely pleased to bring you the latest post in our Ambassador Spotlight Series by Ashley Harris.  Ashley writes about how to beat those dreaded Winter Blues.  Spring may be right around the corner, you may be breaking out your tank tops and shorts and admiring the budding trees, but Ashley’s advice is timeless and appropriate for anytime you find yourself in a fitness rut.  Enjoy and share with your friends that could use a fitness pick-me-up!

Winter Workout Blues??? by Ashley Harris

The New Year is upon us, we hit the gym for a couple of days (IT WAS PACKED) but now there’s a funk on the horizon. Hmmm, could it be the dreaded winter workout blues? The New Year always gives us that extra push to get back in the gym but the dreaded cold tends to put a damper on our motivation to get up and get moving.

BUT WHHHHHHYYYYYY?????? (Yeah, this is what my kids ask all the time).

During the cold months exercise choices are limited and it forces many to workout indoors. If you’re an outdoor bunny and love to run for example, cabin fever can come sooner than you think. There’s a limited amount of sunshine in the winter and let’s face it, if it’s cold outside all you can think about is getting that cozy blanket and snuggling in! It’s so easy to talk yourself out of a workout but I will share with you some of my personal motivating tips that keeps me moving and grooving during the wicked winter season.

Have a set workout schedule – I personally prefer to workout in the evenings. After a long day at work it’s an excellent way for me to “end” my day. I run home, change my clothes, grab my kids and head straight to the gym. If I sit down that’s a wrap. I likely won’t get back up. So pick a time that works best for you and stick to it!

Warm up- I love the warm and toasty feeling so I will pop my workout gear in the dryer forIMG_4247 a few minutes, throw them on and that gets me all revved up to do my workout.

Switch it up – As much as I love my favorite fitness classes (Zumba®, BodyPump, BodyStep) I have to change up my routine and do something different every now and then. I love Yoga and Kickboxing so I will search to the moon and back to find a class I can just drop into every now and then. Keep it fresh!

New workout music- Everyone loves a fresh playlist! I love to jog, so having a fresh playlist works wonders for this old brain! In the winter months, I try to find an indoor track but I let the music move me!

Step away from the comfort food – I’m a vegetarian but I still love an occasional slice of cheese pizza. The problem in the winter months is it is so easy to stay indoors and constantly eat those high calorie comfort foods. MODERATION IS KEY! I pick a cheat day (ONE CHEAT DAY) and I will eat some of my favorites indulgences. Do not over do it. Remember, 3,500 calories equals 1 pound so be mindful of what you put in your body.

Download a fitness app – I LOVE a good fitness app and those who know me know I’m a gadget queen. My personal favorite fitness apps are FitBit, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and Strava. These apps keep me motivated! I’m able to enter my daily workouts to each of the apps, but did you know you can also enter your food journal to all of them (except Strava)? I love it!!!

Invest in a fitness gadget- Pedometers, calorie monitors, heart rate watch monitors all serve the same purpose. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gadget but you do want to monitor your progress. Pedometers tell you how many steps you’ve taken daily. My goal is at least 10,000 steps daily. Do I hit my goal daily? Not always, but I certainly try :). My favorite calorie exercise gadgets are the FitBit, Garmin Vivofit, and NikeFuel Band.

Get some new workout gear- Who doesn’t love to burn calories and look good!!!!! There’s NOTHING better than a brand new pair of leggings and sneakers.

IMG_4250More About Ashley: She is a wife, mother of two boys, full-time employee, full-time student pursing a BS in Health and Wellness, and part-time fitness instructor.  She started her fitness career in 2009 and is licensed in all Zumba® formats, Kickboxing, Water Certified, R.I.P.P.E.D., TurboKick, and PiYo.  She love fitness!

Find her online:

Website: http://fitnhealthydiva.com

Facebook: Zumba®Fitness With Ashley

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ashlea1908

Twitter: @ashlea1908

Choosing Between Cloth and Disposable Diapers: Both Offer Advantages

When it comes to choosing the right diaper, there isn’t a one size fits all option, or is there? Moms have a lot of decisions to make, from their birthing centers to finding the right maternity activewear to stay fit during pregnancy, the list to consider is endless. Seeing as your child will wear a diaper for a good percentage or their early years, choosing the right one is yet another crucial decision moms must make, but what choice is right for you? Both cloth and disposable diapers offer different advantages that you’ll want to weigh to determine the best coverage for your little sprout.

 

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Ease of use

With all the different things busy moms have to complete throughout their day, the last thing they want to do is wrestle a baby diaper. A lot of moms choose disposable diapers because they have fallen into the common misconception that cloth diapers are difficult to work with. However, it is just that, a common misconception, because both cloth diapers and disposables are user-friendly.

While both are easy to use, there are a few key differences that can help you choose which is better for your needs. Disposable diapers can easily be fastened with Velcro clasps, but the new cloth diapers are equipped with snap closures, one and two piece designs, and can be easily adjusted for sizing. In fact, some moms feel that cloth diapers offer a better fit because there’s a wider range of sizing options, which can contribute to why some parents say cloth diapers are better at containing messes.

The price factor

When it comes to cost, cloth diapers take the cake. One of the main reasons moms opt for cloth diapers is because of the money they’re able to save on diapers. According to one mom, there’s no watching for sales on large boxes of diapers, no late night trips to pick up more, no spending money every week. Instead, just rinse, cold wash, throw into the dryer, and you have a bunch of clean fresh diapers ready and waiting. (However, this does not factor in the water and energy costs to wash and dry the diapers and does not include the cost of disposable diaper inserts some families choose to use with cloth diapers). Yet, some families value their time more than their money, and in this case, the time it takes to wash diapers each week may be more than they are willing to pay, thus opting for the ready to go option of disposable diapers.

 

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Skin friendly

What you put on your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent, and the diapers you choose start this process. Both cloth and disposable diapers have one important trait in common, and that’s keeping babies’ skin clean and dry. Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, it all comes down to how clean your little one’s bottom stays at the end of the day.

While many children do just fine with disposable diapers, others tend to develop allergies to the fillers, thus cloth diapers are a better choice. Alternatively, some babies find disposable diapers more comfortable than cloth, which makes throw-away options the favorite choice for these moms.

 

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The verdict

Clearly, both cloth and disposable diapers offer advantages for your little one. Cloth diapers can be reused time and time again, but disposables can be picked up almost anywhere, from grocery stores to your local mom and pop store. When it comes down to it, it’s all a matter of preference and the type of diaper that best matches the needs of your family. Do you find cloth or disposables a better fit for your family, or do you use them both interchangeably to best meet your needs? Share this article on your social media site, and find out what other moms are using and why.

A Fitness Journey: Kelly Bonatsakis

We’re proud to bring you your next post in our Ambassador Spotlight series from Cupcake Kelly’s blogger, Kelly Bonatsakis.  Read more to learn about her fitness journey.

Hi everyone! My name is Kelly; I am 30 years old, a wife, a winn_141109-2437stay-at-home-mom, and a lover of all things fitness. I haven’t always been super active and into fitness, but once I started planning my wedding I started making fitness a priority and haven’t looked back.

I used to spend the majority of my time in the gym, working with trainers, weights and machines. Slowly my interest switched to running. I started doing a lot of track workouts and eventually bit the bullet and started entering into races. I started with 5K’s because there was no way I was ever going to be able to run more than that.

Then I found out I was pregnant with my son. This led to constant exhaustion and the never-ending “morning” sickness. I was losing weight because I couldn’t eat or keep anything down, so I stopped working out, let my gym membership expire, and I felt like I deserved the break. But once my son was born and I was cleared to work out again, I felt zero motivation. I hadn’t worked out in so long, and I felt like it would be too hard, but I knew that I needed to get back into it.

SJ12PH02856It was a long process back to my pre-pregnancy self. Instead of getting overwhelmed and frustrated, I decided to do the irrational thing and sign up for a half-marathon with Team In Training (TNT). I signed up for six months of training and I ended up running not one, but TWO half-marathons during this time, one as a training run, and the race I was training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I felt extremely proud and accomplished.

As I was starting to accomplish goals and set new ones and getting into the best shape of my life, I went through a series of hard events, including a miscarriage, that side tracked all of my progress.

Unfortunately I associated a lot of my grief with my gym and it made it hard for me to return. To take a break from the gym, I started going to classes at local studios, including barre, pound fit, yoga, pilates, poise, zumba, etc. I tried everything that could fit into my schedule. These classes really helped me fall back in love with fitness.

In November I found out I was pregnant and put on bed rest. I had vowed to not push fitness aside when I was able to get pregnant again so the bed rest was unfortunate, but necessary. The most I was allowed to do was grocery shop, and even then I had to ask for help with bags and lifting. Finally, at the end of my first trimester I was cleared to work out again, but limited to low impact exercises. I knew that I needed to work out, and get back into a routine. At first I started doing easy yoga videos at home, and then I attended my first studio class, a barre class, and it was so humbling. I am a proud 100-club member at my local Pure Barre, and I felt like I had lost all technique during my period of rest. I know that I can get the majority back and the muscle memory will help, buy boy was that first class humbling.IMG_1259

While I know that plenty of people are able to run far into pregnancy, and sometimes even the day they give birth, all of our journeys are unique and we have to do what’s best for our bodies and babies. For me that means no running, but lots of yoga and barre! I can’t wait to start introducing more workouts into my weekly routine!

To keep up with Kelly on her pregnancy journey in the next few months, check out her blog at Cupcake Kellys or follow her @cupcakekellys on Instagram and Twitter!

Yoga For Two – Om In Our Home

Om In Our Home

We are thrilled to bring you a guest post from our amazing Ambassador Natiya Guin. Here are her tips for maintaining mental and physical balance in motherhood.

As a For Two Fitness AmbassadorIMG_7970 - Version 2 (1) , and an avid yogi, I learned the simplest and most profound lessons of my life through becoming a parent. The following 3 reminders keep my family living each day to the fullest:

Put Yourself First

Learning to take time for our sleep, exercise, and even a massage now and then helps to make parents emotionally and physically available to our children.   We can handle stresses with more calm, more creativity, and more love when we feel strong and balanced.

Do Your Best, and Forget the Rest

Parents don’t need to be perfect, we just need to show up.  As long as we are there for our children with readiness and support, they are getting what they need from us. Parenting isn’t rocket science, it is love.

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Play everyday! Dad and I always make time for a dance party, even if for only the length of one silly song.  This spontaneous time is as important for parents as it is for kids.  Loosen up, let go, and have fun bonding with family.

More about Natiya: She is a practicing yogi, a fitness photographer and Naturopathic Doctoral Candidate. Check out her work at  Natiya Guin Photography.

*Natiya attributes her healthy pregnancies to a balanced lifestyle and to the support of her yoga teacher, Desi Bartlett. See Natiya and Denise Antonini wearing For Two Fitness tops in Desi’s new Prenatal DVD release by Gaiam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running While Pregnant. Tips from The Running Teacher.

Excited to continue running throughout your pregnancy? What to know what to expect from the new little runner in you? Read more for pregnancy running tips from our Ambassador Isabel Rivera, The Running Teacher, as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series:

Keep in mind that everybody and every body is different.  So please consult your physician before starting any exercise program and make sure that it’s safe for you, especially when pregnant. :-)

The Little Runner in You: Running for Two

Runners are a stubborn breed. We revel in temperatures so cold, icicles hang like Christmas ornaments from our noses. We Instagram any and all battle scars. Multi-colored toenails are our calling cards. We run through rain, snow, sleet, mud, rivers, and the list goes on. It’s no wonder that some women find it hard to adjust when they discover they’re running for two.

Perhaps your pregnancy is planned. Perhaps it’s an Oopsie like mine! Most likely, you haven’t thought about how pregnancy will change your body and how changes must be made to your running routine to compensate for your wee babe and blossoming body.

Here are a few pregnancy running tips to keep in mind.

  1. Enjoy the Scenery. Ease up on your pace. Shift your focus to easy runs, rather than speed-work. Easy pace means something different to everyone, but a good rule of thumb is to keep the pace conversational. Consider these next few months a perfect time to take in the scenery and the changing seasons.  Understand that with each subsequent pregnancy, your ligaments will loosen more and more. If you experience round ligament pains, rein those horses in and take walk breaks as needed. When we found out I was pregnant, I was in training mode for my first 24-hour race. Now, I have a different 24-hour race ahead of me. My focus went from increasing the distance of my long runs and from increasing my weekly mileage to finding my happy pace. I’m currently in maintenance mode. Your goal should be to maintain, not push, your current mileage. Eventually, you will need to cut back. Let your body be your guide.
  1. Be Flexible. Remember that training program you spent countless hours obsessing over every single detail? Tuck it away…for now. Take a hint from nature, how the trees sway and bend to the power of the wind. If a back-to-back run leaves your ligaments excessively sore and your legs dragging for days, take the day off. Some soreness after runs is expected, especially as you enter your second and third trimesters; however, your workouts should not leave you sore and aching for days.
  2. Cross-Train. Now is the time to increase the amount of time spent cross-training to help strengthen your ligaments and muscles. This is also a great time to expand your cross-training routine to include into yoga, Pilates, cycling, or swimming. Always be sure to check with a certified instructor, as certain activities have poses that are risky during pregnancy. In your second trimester, your obstetrician may ask you to say good-bye to core work that involves laying on your back; however, planks still provide an awesome workout!
  3. Keep an eye on your fueling. It’s easy to become dehydrated during pregnancy. Monitor your intake and remind yourself to sip on fluids every five minutes or so while running. You may want to plan your runs to include areas with several pit stops, so you can…um, relieve yourself. Be sure to watch your calorie intake as well and recover properly with a recovery drink or a small meal afterwards. If you’re a mid-to-long distance runner, pack a few snacks to give yourself some extra calories during the run. Be sure to recover properly afterwards and eat within thirty minutes to an hour after your run.

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and it’s important to remember that you’re no longer taking care of just yourself. You’re taking care of another human being, who is dependent on you. Staying active and healthy is a great way to prepare for birth and to help keep excess weight off. At the same time, remember to respect your limits and to let your body be your guide.

Isabel Rivera is a full-time mami to a precocious three-year old, wife to a supportive husband, an elementary school teacher, and an ultrarunner. Along with running for Hammer Nutrition, Isabel is currently completing her certification as a personal trainer and also trains beginning runners. Isabel also enjoys spending time with her family via hiking and other outdoor activities.  You can read more at her blog, The Running Teacher.

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.

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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/)