Its important to eat a good meal with a lean protein and a complex carb (not sugar) about an hour before the workout. This will give you sustained energy and also prevent you from burning muscle, as your body right now is using up calories like crazy trying to sustain the baby’s life in utero.
Post-workout food is also really important. For one, you already have low blood sugar frequently because of the pregnancy (which is why you should eat every 2 hours or so), so you want to make sure it doesn’t drop too low after depleting your stores during the workout. And also, you want to replenish properly so that you can continue to build muscle and not break it down.
Normally, its best to have a protein shake post workout as it replenishes immediately and will give you energy and help you gain lean muscle, which helps with fat burning.
There aren’t many protein powders that are SAFE for pregnancy.
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I made a great short video on foods you SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT eat before and after workouts and they are both VERY different.
Here is the link to the video, check it out, you will be in awe at how much what you eat impacts your results from workouts and it will help you tons.
(you will love all the info in it and will be surprised)
During my first pregnancy, there were NOT any protein powders that were remotely safe for pregnancy so I would have to go on a mission and I would hard boil eggs and have about 4 egg whites and some cut up bananas or pineapple.
I also would make protein pancakes that are made with egg whites and bananas. I will give you the recipe here.
They are yummy and good for you but obviously more time consuming than just drinking a quick, yummy and filling protein shake.
Basically you need to have a FAST DIGESTING PROTEIN and some SIMPLE CARBS (sugar) to help take the protein and replenish quickly! So a protein shake with some fruit are your best option IMMEDIATELY post-workout.
That is why I love love love to enjoy a PROTEIN SMOOTHIE after workouts.
I really hope you are working out as the benefits of exercise during pregnancy are huge. Plus, it will help you get back into your jeans in no time. I left the hospital with baby #1 in my jeans…… lets hope this one is the same LOL. My Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts really helped. I have hundreds of pregnant women all over the world doing them and getting amazing results. They are safe and effective so if you don’t know what to do or where to start, you should try them.
Prego Post Workout Banana PancakesPrint
- 6 egg whites
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 mashed very ripe bananas
- dash of vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and cook on the stove in a lightly greased pan.
I think you will really like these pancakes as they are delicious and just the right post workout snack to make you feel energized!
Remember to eat every few hours throughout the day to prevent nausea, cravings and have increased energy.
I always say that PLANNING is the key to FITNESS SUCCESS.
But I know that it’s time consuming.
I also know that you are not sure exactly how to pair foods together to make them FAT BURNING.
I also know that it sucks to eat the same thing all the time and that when you do, it makes you feel like you are DIETING.
And that makes you at one point fall off the wagon and end up eating like crap for God knows how long.
That’s why its so hard to lose the weight.
I know that its hard to eat healthy CONSISTENTLY when you don’t enjoy the food because it’s bland and boring.
I know that you probably feel hungry a lot because you think NOT EATING is the solution.
Would it make it EASIER for you if I have you a meal plan for the rest of your pregnancy? If so, check this out: PREGNANCY MEAL PLAN
Check out this short video, I think it will really encourage and help you!