Committed to helping women have a healthy and strong pregnancy for themselves and their babies
-Yes, you can be toned, gain muscle, and lose fat while pregnant
If you’re like I was, you’re scared of what pregnancy might do to your body. You may be afraid of losing tone, having a larger stomach than you would like, or having loose skin. And you may feel like it is too hard to avoid those things.
Would it surprise you to know that I had gestational diabetes? Why did I have that? It could have been due to my age (I got pregnant at age 38), or could have been hormonally related, or could have been genetic. But even if you don’t have high blood sugar issues, what you eat and how you live (exercise, stress, sleep, etc.) all impact your pregnancy and your baby. So how can you make it as easy as possible to be toned and healthy, while still getting to enjoy life’s pleasures?
There are many ways to achieve this, but pregnancy can make it more challenging, especially if you’re dealing with morning sickness or other health issues. It’s demanding enough growing a tiny human inside your body. You’re tired and you need this to be simple, doable, and rewarding. It shouldn’t feel like a constant uphill battle.
What if it didn’t? Would you be surprised to learn that my workouts were usually between 20 and 30 minutes tops? I ate a ton, even with gestational diabetes (and it wasn’t all vegetables). I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within eight weeks of delivery and I still exercise in 30 minutes or less each day.
It’s ok to worry about how pregnancy will impact your body. It’s ok to think about yourself. In fact, thinking more about yourself can positively shape the health of your entire family (baby included). Yes, muscles and tissues will stretch out, but a healthy approach while pregnant can make their return easier after delivery. You don’t need a ton of equipment or fancy gym membership, and in my new online program (available soon), you can either do exactly what I did while pregnant or follow my program’s general protocol and make your own individual program.
Though each pregnancy is different and largely out of our hands, new moms can help control health outcomes, weight gain, muscle maintenance, and recovery from childbirth, including when things don’t go as planned. Mind-to-Size offers the missing piece for long term success in health and fitness for moms and their families. Don’t believe, like so many do, that your body and health degrade after having a baby. Give yourself permission to look and feel amazing in every stage of your life!
Pregnancy is often the best opportunity for women to begin a new health routine that benefits both mom and baby and it doesn’t have to be time consuming or hard. Small adjustments to a pregnant woman’s lifestyle can make a big difference in her comfort level, overall health, and in delivery and recovery. Mind-to-Size’s head coach, Julia Broome, guides women in creating a healthy body that is primed and ready for pregnancy, strong and comfortable throughout pregnancy, recovers quickly post-delivery, and is maintained for life.
Why Prenatal and Postnatal Health are Important:
Many families notoriously struggle with weight management and associated diseases in an endless cycle, one generation after the next. Healthy adaptations during the most formative years (i.e., during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood) are effective in eliminating this destructive pattern in families.
Beyond reducing unwanted weight and the presence of disease, it is crucial to note that regular exercise, wholesome foods, plentiful sleep, and stress reduction, prime a woman’s body for pregnancy, delivery, and a swift return to her pre-pregnancy body. Recent and compelling studies outline the differences among pregnant women who regularly engage in exercise and other healthy practices from those who don’t. Examples range from influencing dietary preferences in children, to genetic expression in children, and beyond.
Pregnancy is a key time for new parents to learn more about the impact healthy behaviors have on both mom and baby. A new mom may find that her level of motivation to begin a healthier lifestyle is greater because she is now considering her baby’s health too. Not only will this influence the health of the child, it will also prepare new moms for the physical demands of being a parent.