My Pregnancy Journey: Diet and Fitness
By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the good news – Robert and I are pregnant! We are truly so excited and can’t believe that we will get to meet our two little bundles of joy in a few months.
When you get pregnant, it’s such a big feeling, right? You’re surprised, happy, nervous — all at the same time! Mostly people go right to Google to find out everything they can about the next 9 months. The problem is that searching online can stress you out so much, because there’s so much information out there and you might not know what’s right and wrong.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Instagram about my pregnancy and what I’m doing for diet and fitness, so I thought I’d write up a quick blog to tell you all about it!
Diet and fitness is so different for every pregnancy – everyone’s body is different and this is just what works for me. Whatever you do, treat your body (and the new life inside of you!) with love and care.
What I’m Eating
Pregnancy is such a special time for mothers-to-be but it can also be difficult if you don’t know what to expect. The number one question I’ve gotten is what to do if you crave something unhealthy. My answer to that is simple: just indulge yourself. Don’t feel guilty or be too hard on yourself about your cravings. Balance out your cravings with healthy food. Try to stay away from processed food and meat or food your doctor has advised you not to eat.
One of the first cravings I had was chocolate croissants – I just couldn’t get enough! At first I felt guilty because I normally eat very clean, but I learned to go easy on myself. If I was craving a chocolate croissant or fries from McDonald’s, I indulged myself. Once those cravings started occurring a little too much, I started substituting with healthier alternatives.
For example, if I wanted a chocolate croissant, I’d have a piece of toast with some Nutella on it. If I wanted fries, I’d just make some sweet potato fries at home instead. Robert even bought me an air fryer (the best thing he ever did!) and now I can make guilt-free fries at home!
I also try to eat lots of small meals throughout the day because I get sick if I’m not eating. I always have toast with vegemite in the morning (thanks Mum for sending the vegemite!) and eat lots of healthy food like salmon, salads, scrambled eggs, etc. for my other meals. For snacks, I love having some apple slices, dried apricots, and Greek yogurt with some berries.
Staying hydrated is so important so I’m always sipping on some hot water with lemon. Drinking plain water can get a little boring so I love drinking sparkling water. Plus, it also helps with my nausea. Usually, I’ll have some hot water with lemon, herbal teas, and fresh mint tea since it’s also really soothing when I’m feeling sick.
Staying fit can be very tricky when you’re pregnant. You’re exhausted all the time so motivating yourself to work out can be difficult. Personally, my doctor advised me not to exercise at all for the first three months. You can imagine how hard this was for me since I’ve been an active person my whole life. I even had to stop teaching for some time!
Now that I’ve been cleared to work out, I do easy workouts when I can. I don’t do any movements which require jumping or strenuous cardio, like running. Normally, I’ll do some light dance cardio 2x/week and prenatal Pilates 2x/week. I love doing Pilates because it really strengthens my legs without putting pressure on my tummy. I also do some upper body strength movements, since I don’t want my muscle to turn to flab.
Mostly, I try to take it easy when I’m working out. Every pregnancy is different so it’s really important to listen to your body. Don’t start a new, strenuous workout regime if you’re pregnant – stick to what you know. Do what you can and most of all, listen to your doctor!
Being pregnant is such a special experience and I’m truly so excited to be a Mum! It’s just so great to see how your body takes over and changes everyday. My advice to any Mum-to-be is to stay positive and as stress-free as possible.
I’m so grateful to everyone for their love and support — especially my husband, Robert! I can’t wait for this new chapter in our lives.