Ambassador Spotlight: Heather Montgomery

Heather MontgomeryWe are honored to have some amazing For Two Fitness Fit Mom Ambassadors. Over the next few months, we will be featuring several of these ladies in an “Ambassador Spotlight” post so you can get to know them too! 

Meet Heather Montgomery!

What is the theme of your blog?

Lifestyle, fitness, family

How many kiddos do you have?

One on the way! A baby girl due Sept. 30th

What do you do for a living?

Blog, and am also a travel agent (booking mainly Disney vacations)

What is your favorite fit pregnancy or postpartum workout?

I love to run, and love good yoga stretches!

What is your favorite food?

I have a sweet tooth, anything chocolate! I also will eat pretty much anything if you put cheese on top of it.

Do you have any hobbies?

Running, traveling, blogging, spending time with my family.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

Disney World! I also love Disney cruises, and “racecations”.

What other interesting facts would you like to share with our readers?

I have been blogging since November of 2009, and love the opportunities it has allowed me. I can’t wait to welcome out first child this fall, and then get back into racing shape. I have a lot of races I am eyeing for early 2015! 

Ambassador Spotlight: Kara Haas

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We are honored to have some amazing For Two Fitness Fit Mom Ambassadors. Over the next few months, we will be featuring several of these ladies in an “Ambassador Spotlight” post so you can get to know them too!

Meet Kara Haas!

What is the theme of your blog?  

Competitive Running

How many kiddos do you have?

One 2 year old, and a newborn.

What do you do for a living?

Teacher/Coach

What is your favorite fit pregnancy or postpartum workout?

Running on the track

What is your favorite food?

Ice Cream!

Do you have any hobbies?

I write for New England Runner magazine

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

Anywhere with my family!

What other interesting facts would you like to share with our readers?

I set a National Masters Indoor 3000 meters record 3 months after giving birth to my first child – you can come back stronger after pregnancy!

The Waiting Game {TTC after an Ectopic Pregnancy}

waiting game after an ectopic pregnancy Jenny is a 30 something wife, mother, avid weight lifter, and has a love/hate relationship with running that keeps her coming back for more. She works full time in the investment industry and in her spare time writes about her wellness journey and life’s musings at www.thewellnessjourneyblog.com. Read Jenny’s perspective on TTC after an ectopic pregnancy. 

I should start this story from the beginning. I will do my best to give you the Reader’s Digest version, I promise.

Back in April, my now-husband and I decided we’d like to start trying for a baby. With me being 35, and he being 38, we thought it may take us a while to conceive. We always said we were going to wait to try until we were married, but since we were getting married on May 18th anyway, we figured now was as good a time as any.

We were absolutely shocked and excited when we discovered we had conceived on the first try! After my husband was done congratulating himself on his baby-making abilities, quoting Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway – “Look at what I have created!!!” we started to formulate a plan to share it with the family.

We decided we would let our 10 year old daughter know on Mother’s day, and we would announce it to our family in a toast at the wedding. By that time I would be about 8 weeks along, and that’s close enough to the end of the first trimester, right?

I Had Done Everything “Right”…………

We all hear that age 35 is the “magic number” for women. At that point it’s harder to conceive, you’re considered high risk, etc.

Knowing full well that we wanted to have more children, I made sure to take good care of myself. I’ve been an avid weight lifter for the past 20 years. I’ve run 4 half-marathons, 3 10-mile runs, several 10K runs, and countless 5K’s.

I eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean protein, and I’ve been taking a pre-natal vitamin for almost a year at this point.

Perhaps I’d Gotten a Tad Too Cocky……………

I was so excited when I found out we were pregnant! I wanted to tell the world. And for ages I’d been eyeing up the cute shirts on the For Two Fitness website, and couldn’t wait to start sporting my baby bump in one of their shirts! I pretty much want one in every style and color. I immediately applied to be an ambassador. (I was – and still am – ecstatic to find out I was accepted!!)

I also told a handful of our friends and family, without telling too many so as not to ruin our surprise toast on our wedding day.

Wasn’t Meant to Be—This Time…………….

The cards were not in our favor at this point in time. On Mother’s Day, I started experiencing lower back pain and spotting. I tried to remain positive because I wasn’t cramping, but as the day wore on, I knew the outlook was bleak. I tried to take it easy, but the spotting got worse. I went the following day for my prenatal appointment, and during the ultrasound was delivered quite a blow. We had now joined the ranks of the 64,000 people every year who have a pregnancy end up being ectopic.

I was told to get myself to the hospital immediately for laparoscopic surgery. As it turns out, I would lose my fallopian tube. This was 6 days before our wedding.

Too Busy to Mourn the Loss……………

I was discharged from the hospital Tuesday with 5 days left to get our house ready for our reception to be held there. I was told to take it easy, but at this point that wasn’t an option. I had to just keep swimming. It wasn’t until Thursday evening when I sat down for the evening that everything started to hit me.

I went from monitoring how much coffee I had in a day, refraining from alcohol, being even more conscientious of making sure I got enough fruits and vegetables……………… to nothing. I want a second cup of coffee? Go for it! That toast at the wedding? No need for mocktails now! Just. Like. That.

And what happened to the baby? Where did it end up? Was he or she in some biohazard bag somewhere now?

It hit me all at once. And I just cried and cried. Alfie was wonderful through the whole thing. I’m sure the sadness of the loss will stick with me for a lifetime.

Fast Forward to Today………….

It’s been a month since my surgery. Our wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch. We’re slowly getting settled in to our new home. And I’ve had my follow up appointment to my surgery.

And so the wait begins. We were told to wait 1-2 cycles before we start to try again. (One sounds good in my book!)

But there’s so much up in the air! And so many questions. When will I get my period back? Will it be normal? Will I be regular? Will I be able to tell when I’m ovulating? How long will it take to conceive now?

And then there’s the fear. What if it happens again? I only have one tube left! What if it happens again and they have to take the last one I have? Then what? What if we try and try and aren’t able to conceive on our own? What’s our next step?

Friends, I’ve never done well with the unknown. I’ve always had a plan. So the up in the air aspect and the waiting are something very new to me. And then I think about those beautiful couples who go through years of trying to conceive, and I feel bad for complaining. I need to keep things in perspective.

I hope that you will join me on this journey. I hope that I’ll soon be able to report some good news and that after that I’ll be sporting a super cute “Sweating for Two” tank.

Until then, we’ll continue to eat clean, train dirty, and love our bodies so our bodies will love us back!

To be continued………….

xoxo,

Jenny

Ambassador Spotlight: Cheneil Torbert

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We are honored to have some amazing For Two Fitness Fit Mom Ambassadors. Over the next few months, we will be featuring several of these ladies in an “Ambassador Spotlight” post so you can get to know them too!

Meet Cheneil Torbert from The FIT NP.

What is the theme of your blog?

Thefitnp.com- Health, wellness, fitness

How many kiddos do you have?

2

What do you do for a living?

Nurse Practitioner, Health and Fitness Coach

What is your favorite fit pregnancy or postpartum workout?

I LOVE anything that gets your blood pumping and also creates a bit of a challenge.

I LOVE to dance.

I am a Beachbody COACH so I primarily promote Beachbody products because they are an easy go to, include meal plans so the work is already done for you. I know the programs have been specifically designed and are effective.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Asian

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to get CRAFTY!

I love to host parties and showers and decorate!

I love to find fun and creative ways to be active.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

Anywhere you can enjoy the culture of the location.

I love the sun and the beach

What other interesting facts would you like to share with our readers?

I love to help others. I know I have been called to serve others and know that God has called me use my gifts for his service. I have medical, health and fitness degrees and certifications to help me help others better.

 

Ambassador Spotlight: Courtney Horan

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We are honored to have some amazing For Two Fitness Fit Mom Ambassadors. Over the next few months, we will be featuring several of these ladies in an “Ambassador Spotlight” post so you can get to know them too

Meet Courtney Horan!

What is the theme of your blog?

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

How many kiddos do you have?

1 

What do you do for a living?

I work full time for a corporation and also blog part time.

What is your favorite fit pregnancy or postpartum workout?

Walking, Pilates, and yoga were my go-to pregnancy workouts.

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream & cookies

Do you have any hobbies?

Baking, photography, softball

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

Anywhere with a beach! Although St. Lucia and Riviera Maya would be two favorites for sure.

What other interesting facts would you like to share with our readers?

Courtney is a full-time working mom to her son Lucas, NASM certified personal trainer, and blogger of 4 years, living in Upstate, NY. She’s a fitness enthusiast, baker extraordinaire, and enjoys photography, softball, getting creative in the kitchen, and spending her free time with family and friends.

 

 

The Transition From Runner to Runner Mom

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We love fit-mom-of-twins, Christine’s, perspective on how to transition from being a runner to a runner mom. 

Hi, My name is Christine. I’m a 26 year old from NYC and a new mom to boy/girl twins. I started running in 2010 to prove to myself I could complete a half marathon. I didn’t expect to actually like it, but I really loved the feeling of accomplishment  and have been running ever since. After I gave birth to my twins earlier this year, I went back into running full force to get ready for the NYC Marathon. I really started to embrace the running culture in a new way. I started a blog:www.chasingwhiterabbitsforfun.com to share all of the races I’ve signed up for. I like making running friends to share experiences with and support each other.

The transition from runner to runner mom can be a seamless experience. While you’re busy adjusting to life with your little one(s), it may not have occurred to you that your running habits needs to change as well.

One of the things I loved about running was the freedom it gave me. It requires little equipment, mainly running shoes, and you’re good to go. I was able to challenge myself by being able to run five miles clear in one direction, knowing I’d have to run five miles back. I could explore various parts of my neighborhood on a whim, knowing I didn’t have anywhere to be. However, once I got pregnant, this all changed. I had to be smarter, and more responsible, which took some getting used to.

I will preface by stating that I’m an asthmatic with twins, so the precautions I took and still take are what works for me. Please check with your doctor and family to see what you’re comfortable with.

I ran when I got pregnant for the first few months. I had to change my course and mainly stuck to routes that other family members knew. I would tell someone how long I planned to be, just in case of anything. A big help that I suggest is to invest in your music. As a new mom or mom to be, you may get tired of having to stick to the same monotonous routes, but constantly changing up my iPod kept my runs interesting.

Once my little bundles arrived, I realized how much more planning my runs would take. I started slow and started signing up for races again three months after they were born. At the three month mark, I did a four mile race, and a week later I completed a half marathon. I’ve been trying to sign up for lots of races since I don’t get out of the house too much. It’s a nice change of scenery and something fun for me to look forward to. My husband works, so I take care of the babies by myself (until he comes home).

I also realized that I would have to tailor my training runs around his schedule. My big piece of advice would be take advantage of any running opportunity that presents itself. If the stars align and he’s home early or has to go into work a little late, I run. I may not always be in the mood, but it ensures I get out there.  There have been a lot of days where it’s easier to say no, but I make myself get dressed to go. Once I’m at that point, I really don’t think I have an excuse.

Of course, I have to plan other times to get out for a run.  There is no more considering myself a morning runner or night runner – I have to be both.

I have to get out there early before my husband leaves or when he gets in from work.  I also have to make sure I change my running attire to accommodate the time of day that I run. No longer was I dressing in all black – I made sure to get reflective bands and wore bright colors when I was running early or really late. Much like when I was pregnant, I let my husband know where I was going and when I would be home.

Not only was keeping the same course important, but I didn’t want to be too far from the house. That motherly instinct kicked in when they were born and I don’t feel comfortable being too far from them. They’re only a few months old now, but I look forward to the day we can invest in a nice double jogger, and they’ll be able to come with me on a day run.

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Ambassador Spotlight: Kate Horney

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We are honored to have some amazing For Two Fitness Fit Mom Ambassadors. Over the next few months, we will be featuring several of these ladies in an “Ambassador Spotlight” post so you can get to know them too!

Meet Kate Horney.

What is the theme of your blog? 

Fitness for Moms:  beyondfitphysiques.com/

How many kiddos do you have? 

1 and 1 on the way!  

What do you do for a living?

I quit my full time job as a Health & Wellness Director to start a fitness company and to raise our little boy.  Now in addition to being a wife & mom, I’m  a personal trainer & nutrition consultant- running local boot camps & online training programs for women, teaching them to live healthy, happy & balanced lives.

What is your favorite fit pregnancy or postpartum workout?   

Burpees!  Really, it’s love/hate relationship.  As much as I may say I hate them in the midst of a tough workout, I love what they do for my body.  And there’s just something about killing some burpees that makes me feel strong and powerful.

Here’a s video of me doing burpees while 8 months pregnant (in my For Two Fitness Tank):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiWBLoH1xM

dsc_5652_E-web (2)What is your favorite food?  

I’m a huge natural/homemade peanut-butter lover.  I also love to play around with fun protein shakes (hello, brownie batter protein shake!) and healthy desserts.  (I love desserts.  But I also love staying on track with my goals… so my win-win on this is any dessert that also helps me maintain a reasonable physique.)  A few of my favorites are my brownie batter protein shake or my 30 second chocolate cake. Both quick, easy and totally satisfy my sweet tooth/teeth.  And as when it comes to the more unhealthy food options… my favorite is Mexican food! (Friday night date night involves MULTIPLE baskets of chips!)

Do you have any hobbies?  

In free time (which is rare) I enjoy sitting on the beach with a good book.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

I’m a beach lover.  Any beach… just sun, sand and I’m happy!

What other interesting facts would you like to share with our readers?   

3 PET PEEVES: The snooze button, random beeping noises, super long check-out lines.

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Fitness for the Overweight Mom-To-Be

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We love fit mom ambassador, Kate’s, perspective. Read about her journey and fitness tips for the overweight mom-to-be.

I may never know what prompted me to do this, but on Christmas morning of 2013, I stepped onto my bathroom scale for the first time in months. Without disclosing any numbers, I cried to my husband the whole forty miles to my parents’ house for our annual Christmas breakfast. Through my tears, I made a decision for myself, one that I probably should have made a long time ago–I was done stepping on scales, only to cry when the number flashed up at me. I was done turning my head at the doctor’s office when it was time to weigh, often asking the nurse to please not say the number out loud. I was through with listening to myself try to portray a healthy lifestyle through all the exercising and running I did while I was eating nearly double the amount of calories I should have been in a single day.

On Christmas Day, of all the days in a year, I made the decision to change my life forever. No, not after this amazing breakfast we were about to have or after the entire day so that I could enjoy all my favorite foods on Christmas. But right then, in my husband’s truck, I decided to change my life. It might be difficult to start on Christmas day, but if it was going to make the rest of my life more enjoyable, I was ready.

22 weeks 2

Fast forward twenty-nine days and almost twenty less pounds. I didn’t go into my bathroom that afternoon to step on the scale (my weight hadn’t been moving in a few days, which was odd). I had been feeling extremely tired and sluggish for about two weeks. My diet was so much cleaner, I knew something was wrong; I was eating high protein, energy efficient foods. I shouldn’t be feeling this way, I told myself. I knew something was going on. I took two pregnancy tests, only to have two barely there but definitely there pink plus signs blink up at me. It might sound a little strange to say this, but for just a short while, I felt as if my world was collapsing. There I was, becoming the fittest, healthiest me I could be and suddenly I thought this was the end to my fitness journey. I saw myself gaining back all that I’d lost plus an additional thirty pounds at least. I saw myself laying in bed for nine months, completely avoiding the gym and all physical activity. But that mentality didn’t last long at all; I came to realize that of all my reasons for adopting a new healthy lifestyle, our precious first baby was the ultimate motivation to keep it up. I realized that I didn’t have to sit around gaining pregnancy weight and not exercising for nine months; I decided to make this the healthiest, most joyful time of my life; it’s a new kind of a journey, and I’m still going hard at it!

Being an overweight mom-to-be definitely doesn’t mean that for nine months you have to watch yourself put on the expected baby weight plus more unnecessary pounds; my doctor was thrilled at my plans to remain healthy and active during pregnancy, and for the most part (you’ll have to overlook my occasional ice cream sprees), I have stuck to my plan. We set a goal of a total gain of fifteen to twenty pounds for me, which is a normal goal for an overweight woman. Before pregnancy, I was exercising five to six days per week, even if it was just walking/jogging for thirty minutes. With pregnancy, I knew I couldn’t be as strenuous, but together with my doctor, I created a three day strength and weight-training program (my favorite!) and an additional day for cardio (walking, jogging, biking, swimming, anything that would get me going for thirty-sixty minutes). Shortly into the second trimester, I was hit with some pretty rough back pain; I have a gymnastics injury from age twelve that has affected me ever since, but with a few visits to my chiropractor and a handy heating pad every few nights, it became much more manageable. It did prevent me from going to the gym for just a short while, but around week twenty, I decided to push through it and discovered some great yoga stretches and strength exercises that had me feeling like new again! Dead lifts with a thirty pound barbell were and still are miracle-workers for my back!

I feel it’s unnecessary, however, to talk solely about numbers (as far as weight gain) when talking about being healthy during pregnancy. Managing weight is just a small part of a healthy lifestyle! I was overweight as a kid and knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I didn’t want our sweet little one to endure the teasing that we (my husband was overweight as well) had to endure throughout childhood and adolescence. I continued to eat healthy, wholesome foods, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water, in hopes that our baby will acquire the taste for such deliciously satisfying and good-for-you foods. Yes, I do have the occasional splurge on pizza and ice cream (what pregnant woman doesn’t?), but even still, I know I’m building a healthy foundation for our baby. Because of my efforts at having a healthy pregnancy, I feel amazing—not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I think all too often, we get a little too focused on the numbers on the scale when we think about being “healthy,” but we must also remember that our minds are just as vital a part of our health as our bodies are!

Since I’ve continued working out and eating right, my pregnancy has been an amazing experience, and I’m fast approaching the twenty-seventh week! I’ve gained about fifteen pounds so far, but I’m not nearly as concerned about the number on the scale as I am with my health and that of this baby boy. My message for overweight moms-to-be who already strive for the healthy lifestyle is to KEEP GOING. I have definitely had times where I think, Well, I’m pregnant. Might as well eat this entire sleeve of Oreos! But by the third cookie, I can hear the mantra in the back of my mind: Healthy mama, healthy baby! Heathy mama, healthy baby! Yes, I do have to make myself walk away from the kitchen sometimes! For those moms-to-be who are now making pregnancy their motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle, good for you! And you have my support and the support of the entire For Two Fitness community, I’m sure! Pregnancy does not have to be nine months of a sedentary lifestyle, eating all the carbs and grease that you can (but oh, how fun it would be for just a day)! Strive to make it a time in your life where you are most motivated to be the healthiest you that you can be because your little one, whether it’s your first or fifth) deserves a healthy, happy mama!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on health and fitness for the overweight mom-to-be; even after our baby arrives and I am back on track to a fit and healthy non-pregnant lifestyle, being overweight is something that will always stick with me—maybe not physically, but I will always know the feeling of being overweight and trying to live fully and healthily. I will always look back on my first pregnancy and admire my efforts at staying as fit as possible.

I also want to encourage you to visit and follow my blog, Keeping Pace, at www.katepace1.blogspot.com. I must thank For Two Fitness for welcoming me into their circle of ambassadors for such a great company; I can’t wait for my For Two Fitness wear to arrive so that I can represent my new favorite fitness-wear company out and about in my community and at my local gym! Thank you again, and I look forward to representing such an amazing online community, as well as chatting with some of you!

 

Tips For Making Time to Work Out With a Little One.

IMG_4111edited1Hi, I’m Kaella. A 30 year old mom living in Lethbridge, Alberta. I’m THRILLED to be joining the For Two Fitness community as an ambassador. You can find my blog at http://www.kaellaontherun.com where I blog about my life and my love of running.  My husband and I welcomed our son, London, in October 2012. I gained sixty pounds when I was pregnant and began working to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight when London was about eight weeks old. We bought a treadmill, a running stroller and a set of weights and I started getting busy. I’ve had some people ask how I started my post-pregnancy fitness and how I manage to work full-time and find time to train for dozens of races (including three half-marathons) with a toddler. Here are a few of my tips:

  • TAKE THEM WITH YOU

1005006_10153353081860006_612909955_nI started going for walks with London when I was given the all clear at 4 weeks. I had a c-section and had to stay off my feet for about a month. A month later, we started running outside. I put him in his bucket seat and snapped it into our Bob Revolution SE. I trained for my first half marathon mostly with the running stroller while I was on maternity leave. I was running every single day so London got used to being in the stroller and he STILL loves it!  These days, we usually get out together about twice a week for a run of 3-5 miles. Now that he’s older he loves to say “hi mama, go faster” or “up” when we’re going up a hill! He’s a great personal trainer and I love taking him with me! I hope he loves running as much as I do someday!

  • WEAR THEM

When London was younger he loved being held. He basically refused to nap in his crib and was happiest to just be in my arms. While I did take advantage of this (a LOT) I also wanted to find time to work out every day. I started putting him in our Moby or Ergo and would head outside for a walk or pop in a DVD and follow along with an exercise video with him tucked safely away. He loved the motion and would usually fall asleep. The extra weight makes for an even better workout! Now that he’s 32 pounds, just carrying him around is a workout!!

  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NAP TIME/ PLAY TIME 

767547-1051-0037sThanks to cold, snowy Canadian winters sometimes I was forced to stay inside and workout. On those days, I would run (or lift weights) during nap time. If London woke up, I would nurse him and then put him in his bouncy chair or exersaucer and allow him to entertain himself while I ran.  These days, I run either before he wakes up or during naptime on the weekends.  If he doesn’t want to nap, I pop in a cartoon DVD (usually an episode of Bubble Guppies) and he will sit quietly in his chair in the basement and watch the show while I run. There are 22 minute and 44 minute episodes so I usually pick based on how long I want to run. If it ends before I’m finished he’ll usually pick up some of his toys and start playing. I can usually squeeze in about 5 miles with him close by. 

  • ASK FOR HELP

There are definitely times where I want to go for a long run alone or go to a group fitness class, at the gym, so I depend on my husband, mom and friends. Thankfully, I have a (mostly) supportive husband who knows that exercise makes me happy!  

So, there you have it, some tips on making time to work out with a little one.

Mom and Dads, how do you make time to exercise with (and without) your child(ren?)

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The How To’s of a Fit Baby Bump

 Iulia and DianaWe love this fit mom guest post from Diana from hiitmom.net/. Read her “How To’s of a Fit  Baby Bump.” 

Pregnancy is the perfect time to commit to you and your unborn baby’s health, and working out on a regular basis should be a really important part of your pregnancy. If you’re wondering — no, I am not pregnant with my 2nd. At least, not yet. :) The first time when I was pregnant I almost miscarried, so in order to keep the baby, I had to stay in bed 24/7 for almost 2 months. Once I entered the second trimester, my ob/gyn doctor said I was OK to get active again. I remember clearly how surprised he was when my second question (the one after is my baby safely fixed, of course) was, “Can I work out?.” During all that time spent laying in bed all day, I really missed my training.

The next day I started going to a gym, and officially dropped all the pre-pregnancy training – I wasn’t allowed to jump or cycle. At the beginning, working out in a gym was really hard, as I didn’t know what to do, or what my training should be. The trainers said because I had had an almost miscarriage, they wouldn’t feel comfortable to coach me. In their opinion I wasn’t supposed to be working out at all. To me, that sounded like the most outrageous thing ever. How could I not work out when my entire body was longing for a really good sweat, and my muscles were like save us, don’t forget about us!

I felt so unwitting, so disappointed I couldn’t remember the exercises I used to do in the group classes of BOSU, Step Aerobics, Tae Bo; – I only found HIIT after having my daughter. Therefore I decided to train each and every part of my legs and arms, and alternate brisk walk with just walking on the treadmill.

For the second pregnancy I’d love to be better prepared. I want to know exactly want I can do, how and what is safe for the baby and what intensity should my workouts have. I don’t plan to pack again 13 kg (28.6 pounds) like last time, but I am hoping for a safe and active pregnancy.

As I love HIIT, the first thing that crossed my mind was – Can I do HIIT while pregnant? Then I remembered I read a blog post of a CrossFit mom, who was still working out and doing CrossFit at 30 weeks pregnant. So I thought to myself – How cool is that!? I can work out too using HIIT! Then I also read about moms who run their first 5K or even 10K while being pregnant – they really are my inspiration for the months to follow!

Let’s see what the theory is – it’s always best to do your homework before becoming pregnant, and researching about fitness while pregnant should be on the list. So let’s see what my doctor and my physiotherapist said about working out during the most amazing three trimesters of your life.

First trimester
I want to begin running and do a 5K cross in fall. I was thinking that this could be a great training for the beginning of the pregnancy, when it’s not OK to push yourself too much. In the first trimester, there are some things you need to consider when working out: but always check with your doctor to see if it’s safe to workout. Talk about your fitness routines — even show them the printable or videos of the workouts you are used to do — whatever gives them a better image of what’s your fitness level and what you’d like to work out while pregnant as you’re exercising for two. It’s really important to warm up before the workout and keep your heart rate around 140 bpm, because the blood volume increases and the heart needs to pump more blood than usual. But if you’re really fit, you should just pay attention to your breathing.  If you can’t talk anymore while doing the exercises, that means the workout is too intense AND don’t get over-heated, because if your body temperature rises above 38.5 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) for more than 10 minutes your baby might be at risk. During this 1st trimester, the baby’s major organs are in development so it’s not the time to over-do your workout. make sure you rest between sets or even exercises, let the heart beat come to a normal value drink lots of water — don’t worry about visiting the loo too often! Don’t push yourself during this period, as you are already more tired than usual cool down and relax.

Both my doctors recommended to do low to medium intensity workouts, which I have to tell you really cut down my enthusiasm. I was hoping to be able to do HIIT with some adjustments. But I think overall, the target is to maintain the fitness lever of your body, not to increase the intensity in order to prevent gaining weight.

Therefore, my plan changed from HIIT with adjustments to low-impact workouts, weight training, running and core workouts to prep the abs for the hard work of delivery. Maybe you’re puzzled about the core workouts – I have to tell you my docs said it’s the only trimester when you can do sit-ups, as it’s still all right to lay on your back.

For the low-impact workouts, core and weight training I will choose from Fitness Blender’s workouts. To find the right ones, you can easily filter them by using the Search Workouts button. I’ve chose difficulty 1-3, body focus core, total body and lower body, and the training type: low impact, strength training, cardiovascular and toning. And that’s it! You’ve got plenty of free workouts to do during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

Aside from running and the free workouts provided by Fitness Blender, I’m also planning on ordering Zelana Montminy’s Healthy Fit Happy Mom Complete 3 DVD set.

Second trimester
I am going to start with this: the number #1 rule to follow during the second and third trimester is no lying on the back while working out. As the uterus is constantly growing, starting from the 2nd trimester it became large enough to cut off the blood supply to the baby. Please consider alternate core exercises to sit-ups, like planks and standing abs workouts.

During this 2nd trimester, I am going to do intense intervals, but I will monitor my body really close and not exceed the safe limits. Of course, as the pregnancy progresses, intensity is going to change from what you were used to. Just do what you feel good while exercising. My physician recommended me to perform full body weight routines with moderate weights at least three days a week and do weight training one or two days a week.

Third trimester
During the 3rd trimester, your growing belly will be in your way most of the time, including while working out. It’s the time when you can’t wait to give birth not only to finally meet your baby, to hold her and snuggle her, but also to get rid of that huge baby bump that keeps you from moving. When visiting the doctor, ask him if it’s still safe to exercise. It wouldn’t hurt to tell him your fitness program, so he can give you a better answer to your question.
Planks, push-ups and mountain climbers should be done against a wall or bench in order to minimize the risk of abdominal separation. For strength training exercises, choose weights that are about 50 – 60 percent of your usual maximum.

I think I’m going to take again the labor respiration course – I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give birth naturally and without an epidural anesthesia. It really cuts the labor pain to half, but requires maximum concentration.

If you are planning a pregnancy, I highly recommend you to get in the best shape of your life before conceiving, and adjust your diet to fuel your body correctly – pregnancy cravings will stay far away from you, plus you want to be healthy for you and your baby. It has been proved that the baby takes what he needs from the mom, even if the mom herself needs that. So make sure your diet is the proper one, because if not, the pregnancy will be in the detriment of the mother.

If you’re already pregnant, keep training in the above mentioned way and try to be active every day if you can and feel OK.