Exercising while Pregnant!
Jeans – Motherhood Maternity (in love); Tote – Tory Burch; Watch – Skagen; Lip – MAC; Bracelet – Stella & Dot; Necklace – Nadri; Booties – Lucky (almost identical here); Hat – Forever 21 (this one is almost identical); Blouse – Anthropologie (it must have JUST sold out but I found super cute Anthro swing tops and linked them below!)
I am currently writing this from my house in Palo Alto because I came home for the weekend for my baby shower! One of the unforeseen blessings of having a baby is being able to see and hug my favorite people that I have an excuse to see! (Pics of the shower will be forthcoming!)
Sometimes (or a lot) simple is better and this look is just that! Distressed denim, swing tee, hat and booties make this look both accessible, ‘real’, but also fashionable! As mentioned HERE, I think my clothes (especially during pregnancy) should make me feel comfortable AND awesome!
Exercising While Pregnant:
I wanted to talk about exercising while pregnant to 1) tell you what I have learned that you SHOULD do and 2) tell you what I have learned that you SHOULD NOT do!
- DO: Maintain or adopt an active lifestyle. Take the stairs, go on a walk, stretch, just get moving!
- DO: Incorporate counterbalance exercises into your training. Counterbalance exercises (like this one) help to improve potentially shaky balance and strengthen your body and core!
- DO: Pick up the weights! I have found that plyometric exercises are no longer ideal for me at this point and have instead turned to steady-state cardio and weight training to keep my body strong and toned and ready for labor!
- DO NOT: Do crunches or crunch-like ab workouts! This can lead to Diastasis Recti which can greatly delay your body healing after birth. (I kept doing crunches until 26 weeks and my very calm doctor said STOP!)
- DO NOT: Overdo it. It is so much easier (especially late into your pregnancy) to get your heart rate up so activities that were only ‘moderately difficult before’ will be ‘high intensity’ now. (Don’t go so hard you are gasping for air.)
- DO NOT: Neglect your water. Being pregnant means having 50% more blood volume than normal and GREATLY increases hydration needs. My rule of thumb is a cup of water for every 15 minutes I am active and 8+ glasses on top of that!
How have you/or did you/or plan to stay active while pregnant?!
Thanks for stopping by dear friends!