Pregnancy is no walk in the park.
Actually, its really freakin’ hard!
Between the lack of energy, the crazy and rapid changes to the body, the million doctor visits, all the things we can’t eat, the sleepless nights, frequent visits to the bathroom, aches and pains…. it’s no wonder most women despise being pregnant.
I had heard of all these things prior to getting pregnant but I just had a deep desire to not have the same horrible experience that most talked about.
Very few times did I ever talk to a woman who said she loved being pregnant and had nice things to say or at least encouraging things….
So I set out to be different… to be INTENTIONAL about everything in my pregnancy, so that I could have a good experience and then be positive to other women and bring them hope.
This was a desire I had even before getting pregnant.
Amazing, how life and God work things out…. Here I am 10 years later having worked with almost 200,000 pregnant women and making a difference in their lives one at a time.
God is good 🙂
So after working with so many thousands of pregnant women and having gone through 2 successful ones myself, I have some great tips and habits that I have found to be consistent in most of these ladies.
3 Habits To A Successful Pregnancy
- Exercise – Resistance Based is the best.
- Hydrate & Do Cardio.
- The Right Nutrition.
It may sound simple and common sense, but most pregnant women don’t do these things.
Some because they don’t feel good, some because they have no energy, some because they don’t know where to begin, some because they don’t know what is safe, some because they just don’t feel like it.
If we are not intentional about doing the right things during pregnancy, then we don’t set ourselves up for having a good experience.
Let me expand on the 3 habits so I can encourage you to take action because these 3 habits will completely change the course of your pregnancy FOR THE BETTER.
First let me talk about some of the benefits.
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Easier and faster LABOR
- Get body back WAY faster
- Less aches and pains
- Smarter baby
- Less weight gain
- Increased strength (helps with labor)
Doing the right kind of exercise can make a world of difference for a pregnancy and the best part of it is that JUST 3-4 30-45 minute workouts per week can really give you great results.
I feel like a lot of time, women don’t start because they think its too late.
Because for most of the first trimester they feel nauseous, sick and don’t have the energy.
So they lose all hopes of ever having a healthy, fit pregnancy and feeling any better.
Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Actually, most of the ladies that do my program and get really good results start in the 2-3rd trimester.
Resistance Based workouts are incredibly effective for BUILDING MUSCLE which not only helps with toning the body but also helps with burning fat more effectively which is safe and ok during pregnancy. When you can burn more fat effectively, then you don’t gain as much EXCESS weight.
If you would like to give resistance based workouts a try, I have a FREE3 DAY PREGNANCY THIGHS & BUTT WORKOUT CHALLENGE that is all resistance based and will help you lose some body fat and tone up the thighs and butt which is where we tend to gain most our weight.
2. Pregnancy Hydration & Cardio
One of the biggest complaints I get from pregnant women is rapid weight gain and BLOAT.
Sometimes they will say they gained 5 lbs overnight or in the last few days.
THAT IS NOT FAT!
Most of the time, it is water retention.
The cause of water retention for the most part is not drinking enough water.
Here is the rule of thumb:
Drink half your body weight in ounces + 30%
So if you weigh 200 lbs, you would drink 130 ounces of water.
This will keep you hydrated, help you absorb healthy nutrients, help you go to the bathroom properly and help you lose the bloat.
Another thing that will help with the bloat is doing a little cardio…. I said A LITTLE.
There is no need to do 45-60 minutes of cardio at a time… Just 20-30 minutes is great.
So get yourself a cute and BIG travel cup and fill it with water and take it with you everywhere you go.
Set a goal of ounces per day and make sure you reach it daily… You will see how much less bloated you will feel.
And if you are doing my Fit Mom To Be Pregnancy Workout Program, all you need is 2 days of 30 minutes of cardio and you will feel amazing and see incredible results.
3. The Right Nutrition
I think a lot of women during pregnancy fall into the “eat for 2” syndrome.
And I get it…. For the first time in our life we don’t have to worry about sucking in the belly or having a flat stomach and for once its “ok” to gain weight.
So we take this as a vacation from trying to eat healthy and we BINGE.
To this day, I haven’t met a woman who didn’t regret eating their pregnancy away.
These women end up gaining a ton of weight, which then makes recovery much longer and harder… both physical and mental.
It’s just not worth it.
Not to mention, it increases the chances of pregnancy induced diseases like thyroid issues and gestational diabetes.
It’s so not worth it.
You don’t have to diet by any means, but just make the right food choices, try to eat all kinds of different nutrients so that also, your baby is being fed properly.
Remember, everything you eat and do right now during pregnancy is affecting you baby in utero.
The right foods can also give you more energy, reduce and get rid of cravings, and help you gain less weight so that losing it postpartum is a BREEZE….
So here are some tips.
Pregnancy Nutrition Tips
- Don’t let yourself get hungry… this will make you binge and over eat.
- Eat a small meal every 2-3 hours.
- Each meal should have a healthy protein, a healthy carb, some veggies and a healthy fat.
- Don’t eat pre-packaged foods.
- Try to limit eating out.
- Always have healthy snacks with you on hand.
- Prep when you have time so you are prepared.
- Don’t leave your house without some snacks in your purse… if you get hungry and have nothing… you are screwed!
If you feel like you need help in the nutrition department, no worries, I got you girlfriend, I have a pregnancy meal plan book I created to help with just this because I know it can be overwhelming to figure out what to eat, what not to eat, what is safe, how much to eat, what to make, how to make it, find yummy recipes, etc.
I know one of the hardest parts is eating so often.
Not to mention you may be nauseous and also have aversions.
If you are struggling to eat healthy and get enough protein in, you may really benefit from mPower.
If you need help or guidance with your pregnancy nutrition and need a more specific meal plan, click here —->>>> Pregnancy Diet Meal Plan
Ok, girlfriend, I hope you are feeling encouraged and inspired to be more intentional about your habits this pregnancy because if you do, I think you will surprise yourself with how much better you can feel RIGHT NOW and how much EASIER your recovery will be.
Click here to start the Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program so you can have a really good, safe and effective pregnancy workout plan that you can do for the rest of your pregnancy.
If you are struggling with what to eat and different options that are SAFE for the baby and won’t make you GAIN WEIGHT, you will totally enjoy and get great use of the MMF Pregnancy Diet Plan.
- Full Meal Plan for entire pregnancy (know exactly what nutrients you and baby need).
- Increase energy & decrease fatigue with the best food combinations.
- Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes that will save you time in the kitchen.
- Helps reduce cravings so you eat healthier and gain less weight.
- Yummy and comforting meals so you can still enjoy eating.
It’s not too late to SLOW DOWN & LESSEN your Pregnancy Weight Gain.
If you exercise, you will see a huge change.
Less weight gain, not as fast and you will feel tighter, more fit, more energetic and less fatigue.
If you don’t want to spend 6-24 months postpartum losing your “BABY WEIGHT”, invest a little time, energy and possibly resources into your health and fitness this pregnancy. It will be so worth it when you are back at your pre-pregnancy weight in less than 3 months and feeling like yourself again.
If you need guidance, support and a safe exercise plan, you will love my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program (tested by TENS OF THOUSANDS of pregnant women).
And you can do it for your entire pregnancy (its not just a 12 week program).
Here is what you can expect:
- Less Weight Gain
- Less Stretch Marks and Cellulite
- Faster Labor & Delivery
- Faster Postpartum Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Less Aches & Pains
- Less Chances of Gestational Diabetes
- Better Sleep
What You Get:
- Monthly workouts that change every 4 weeks (which delivers the best results).
- No gym is required (2 versions available: home and gym).
- Exercise Videos & Pictures of every single exercise.
- Can view, access and download on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
- Private Facebook Group for support, community and questions answered by Michelle Marie.
- Monthly pregnancy nutrition tips to help you throughout your pregnancy.