It’s FRIDAY…and you know what that means…time to share another awesome fit mom with you that will inspire you to stay healthy and fit during pregnancy and beyond.
Today I am super excited to feature a fellow fit mom who has also become a friend. Meet Elizabeth from Fit Life With E. Elizabeth is a wife and mom to beautiful Reese, with her second little girl due in June!
I absolutely love her reflective post comparing her first pregnancy to her second when it comes to prenatal fitness and nutrition and I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for sharing this with us Elizabeth!
When thinking about what to share with you, the first thing that popped into my head was “I wish I could just go through one day without fighting my 20 month old daughter about getting her diaper changed.” If you have a toddler, you understand. I do realize this is not a catastrophic, life-altering problem, but when you’re 31 weeks pregnant & you already have to squat down for everything; you wish your toddler would help you out, just a little, without making you chase her down multiple times a day.
All cranky, pregnant momma requests aside, my husband and I feel blessed to be parents to our sweet, 20 month old baby girl Reese & to be welcoming another baby girl into the world this June. There is nothing I’ve experienced more rewarding than being a parent (even on those days when she doesn’t nap very long or throws a fit over nothing). It is simply amazing & I thank God every day that we were gifted the opportunity to raise these girls.
This is where fitness comes in. It keeps me sane folks, especially during this pregnancy. Wholesome nutrition & regular physical activity are something I support as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and mom to help you be the best version of yourself. My mentality on fitness has changed though since getting pregnant again & I hope sharing my paradigm shift will help you if you feel like what you’re doing isn’t good enough.
My “Why” for Fitness During Pregnancy
1st Pregnancy: To not gain mass amounts of weight. My mom gained 60+ with me & it petrified me that I would gain that much too. Deep down, I wondered if I would ever look the same if I gained a lot of weight (or if I would ever look the same at all). I also didn’t want to lose all of the muscle definition that I worked so hard for & towards the end of my pregnancy slept so much better when I worked out.
2nd Pregnancy: SANITY. It’s the #1 reason I work out right now. During my first pregnancy, I was working full-time. I transitioned to part-time in my previous position after she was born, but started my fitness business when she was 7 months old alongside my PT job. I officially switched careers around 14 weeks along with this one, so now I stay-at-home with my daughter & run my fitness business from home. Mad props to other SAHM & WAHM. It’s hard. It can be a grind & fitness is the one time I feel like I can focus solely on myself. Balancing self-care has been much trickier this time around, but it’s so necessary to not make my entire house cranky :).
Prenatal Fitness Goals
- Be healthy for the baby & myself
- Deliver naturally without complications
- Maintain some muscle mass
- Not gain more than the “recommended” amount of weight: 25-35 lbs (I gained 28 lbs)
- Be healthy for the baby & myself
- Delivery naturally again without complications
- Avoid back labor this time around (if possible)
- Maintain some muscle mass & my sanity
- Gain as much or as little as needed based on appetite (I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t freak out if I gained more weight with this one than I did with Reese)
1st Pregnancy: 4-6 times a week in the 2nd & 3rd trimester (felt nauseous all day long most of the 1st trimester)
2nd Pregnancy: 2-5 times a week in the 2nd & 3rd trimester, but some weeks I worked out 0 times & it is ok
- Through 30 weeks, TRX & volleyball
- Through 36 weeks, Zumba & yoga
- Through 41 weeks, light weights, elliptical & lots of walking
- Through 28 weeks, competitive quads volleyball
- Still doing, TRX at home & as an instructor, HIIT, tabata, weights & walking
Length of Workouts
1st Pregnancy: 30-60 minutes (most were at least 45 min because they were classes)
2nd Pregnancy: 20-30 minutes, but sometimes just 10 minutes of walking or weights
- Prove to myself that I would be fitter postpartum than pre-baby
- Started working out pretty consistently at 5 weeks PP
- Completed my first PP half marathon (3rd overall) the day after Reese’s first birthday party & beat my PR by 52 minutes!
- Make myself a priority.
- Be the best version of myself & be comfortable in my own skin
- Set a good example for my family & my clients
- Balance is my focus with fitness…and food (my weaker link)
So far, the biggest difference between my prenatal fitness journeys is not being hard on myself this time around if I don’t fit in a particular workout when I wanted to. Typically, this happens because I sleep longer or am exhausted. During my first pregnancy, I mentally beat myself up if this happened. I’m much better at listening to my body’s demands this time around. I have my entire life to be more consistent in my workouts, so I’ve decided to give myself grace during this pregnancy & my first few months postpartum. Ironically, I’m more inclined to fit in a short workout on days I’m tired if I don’t stress about fitting it in.
For more of Elizabeth’s prenatal fitness journey (including workouts geared towards specific trimesters), you can connect with her through her blog, Fit Life with E, or on social media: