Tips from a Fit Mom: Amber Reece-Young


by For Two Fitness

 We are extremely pleased to introduce you to one of the newest members of our Fit Mom Ambassadors, Amber Reece-Young.  Amber is a champion trial runner, school nurse and expecting mom.  All in a day’s work!  Keep reading to learn more about Amber and for her tips on staying fit through your pregnancy.

Fit Mom Amber Reece-Young finishes strong!

Photo by: Go Run Trails Amber finishes the Lake James trail 5k 1st place overall (men & women) at 28 weeks pregnant.

I’m Amber Reece-Young and I’m thrilled to be a For Two Fitness Ambassador.  As of April 22, 2015, I am 37 weeks pregnant and excited to have my first child. I’m a school health nurse and an elite trail runner.  I’ve always been active and a promoter of healthy lifestyles.  I have been blessed to represent the USA five times for trail and mountain running and enjoy the running lifestyle.  I have been lucky to have a low risk pregnancy and have been able to continue to train and race throughout the pregnancy.

I hope to inspire other pregnant women to continue their sport and activity (under the care and approval of their doctor, of course).  I had to convince my own family and friends that to continue my active, running lifestyle was the best thing for me and baby Willow. There’s so many misconceptions and fears related to remaining active and it took some convincing.  My family and friends have came to understand that remaining active has in fact been the best thing for me and Willow.

The main tips that I offer to other pregnant women runners is:

  • Fit Mom Amber Reece-Young running the trails at 30-weeks pregnant.

    Photo by: Chris Reece-Young. Amber running on her favorite trails at 30 weeks pregnant.

    Get clearance from your doctor

  • Stay cool and do not overheat
  • Listen to your body. Never run through pain, cramps or dizziness.
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Wear a maternity belly support during runs
  • If you can’t breathe, baby can’t breathe so keep it at a pace that you are able to talk
  • Take extra safety precautions (carry fluids, extra gel & cell phone just in case)

 




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