How to Maintain an Active Lifestyle with a baby for the On-The-Go Mom

Today I want to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart… how to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby.

So you’re pregnant, and so excited to meet your tiny human.

Your due date get’s closer and closer and then you suddenly wonder…”Wait… is my active lifestyle over? Am I doomed to a life inside the walls of my house??? How will I manage to ever go anywhere with a baby???? HELP!!!!!”

If this is you, take a deep breath, relax, and let’s talk about this rationally.

How to maintain your active lifestyle with a baby

My husband and I are on the go a lot. Weekend ultimate frisbee, trips to my family down in OR about once a month, mid week game nights, movie nights, dates, workouts, etc.

It was incredibly important to me that we pretty much be able to continue our lifestyle for the most part, because I get MAJOR cabin fever. Sometimes I want us to slow down a lot, but I’m also grateful to be able to go places at the same time.

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So how do you maintain an active lifestyle with a baby?

Step one is realizing that babies (one’s without special needs), have only a few basic needs…

They need to eat, burp, sleep, poop, be snuggled and be changed. They will do these things whenever, wherever. Doesn’t matter if you’re home or at a friend’s house.

Step two is reminding yourself that babies cry. They will also do this wherever, whenever. This is not a reason to seclude yourself, and think you can’t go anywhere. That only results in a cranky, depressed mom, and we don’t want that to happen.

Don’t let going places with a baby overwhelm you. For breastfeeding mamas, as long as you have diapers, wipes, and an extra pair of clothes you really are set. Anything else is just a bonus.

I don’t have a ton of experience in pumping while out and about, but they do make breast pumps much more travel friendly these days. Either pack a cooler with ice for breast milk until you get home, or feed it directly to your baby. It’s more of a hassle but you gotta do what you gotta do!

Your active lifestyle might look a bit different.

Life with a little one is going to look different than before, obviously, but there is no reason you have to say goodbye to it. Here are some ways we’ve been able to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby, and hopefully you will be encouraged and find something that works for you!

  • Get a baby sitter. By far the easiest option, but not one we all have access to. In fact, I save this for dates, and have never left Amiya with anyone for anything sports or fitness related.
  • Use a front carrier. This one has been a HUGE life saver. I use the JJ Cole carrier EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
JJ Cole baby carrier

It’s been great for morning/evening walks, hikes, traipsing over hills while taking pictures at a Spartan race, game nights, dinner with friends, etc. I pop Amiya in there and she’s usually asleep in a matter of minutes.

This frees up my hands, and has been a game changer for getting out of the house. Find one your baby likes because you will NOT regret it, and there are so many options out there.

I haven’t personally tried it, but I’ve also heard great things about the Boppy Comfyfit baby carrier, and want to try that one out.

  • Do things with a group. This pretty much ensures that there are willing hands that can take your little one. During Ultimate Frisbee or Spikeball I’ll sub out with my husband, or a friend so we all get to play, and Amiya is kept happy.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of the picnic blanket. There are so many baby gadgets out there for keeping them contained outdoors, but when they’re little, just use a blanket! Put them on there and talk/play with them while you wait for your turn.

It’s also great for if you’re working out. Pop out blanket, calm them real quick if they cry, and move on.

We love these zipper picnic blankets for park trips, and always keep it in the car.

Zipper picnic blanket/ How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

There are also cool items like this travel bassinet that would be a great option! Again, I don’t have one, but would like to try one out.

Try to have a rough idea of your baby’s schedule.

And by schedule I mean, how long are they usually awake in-between naps? If your baby is on a sleeping schedule, great. For me personally, I didn’t want Amiya to be set on sleeping only at certain times and places, because really, who wants their life to be dictated by a snoozing infant?

Amiya is usually awake for 1-2 hour stretches, sometimes shorter depending on the day. I feed her when she shows signs of being hungry, and bounce her or put her in her carrier when she starts to act tired. This way no matter where I am life is pretty much normal for her.

Doing this with your baby can take a lot of stress away from being out, and you can still have a pretty normal life.

If they have a normal nap time, work that to your advantage.

Lower your expectations

Figuring out how to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby is completely doable, BUT, it’s a good idea to lower your expectations for what it will look like for a while.

Are you used to working out for an hour or more at a time, but your baby will only let you squeeze in 15 minutes? Make the most of that 15 minutes. You don’t have to sacrifice your workout completely, just adjust for your new life.

I love what Miranda and Julian Alcaraz from Street Parking say… Do more than nothing.

Consistency is key, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

We recently went Bouldering with a group and my sister and I traded off holding Amiya and climbing. Sure, I had to take more breaks to meet the tiny human’s needs, but I still got some routes in and had fun. I sat on the floor and nursed her, and laid her down on her changing pad when she was happy to just look around.

Your baby is joining your family… You are not joining theirs.

A friend just said that recently as we discussed this topic, and I really liked it.

Although remember…you are a parent now. As such, there WILL be sacrifices, and sometimes you do need to say no because of your little one, but you will have to find that balance as a family.

For the first two months, Amiya got over-stimulated very easily. If too many people were in her face, or if there was too much noise she would lose it and often be cranky the next day. The only way to calm her down was to take her into a quiet room and stand in front of a blank wall. Because of that I tried to limit our social life during the week to only two things.

She has grown out of that almost completely and I only notice it when we stay with my family where there are lots of people for more than a day.

Work around your baby’s needs and make sure yours/ your partners get met.

Plan ahead.

Yeah, kind of a no-brainer, but this is crucial. Think about all your options for what you can do with your baby. Whether it’s carrying them the whole time, using a front carrier, other people, a blanket/ bassinet…think everything through. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Sure it’s great if your baby is super happy the entire time, but realistically that’s not going to happen, and it’s best if you have a plan B…and C…and possibly D.

Talk with your partner about your expectations. Ladies, even the sweetest of husbands can disappear in the blink of an eye at events. Talk over a loose plan before you go for them to take a turn with your peanut, so you can relax and enjoy your time too.

What I tell my husband is..

-Don’t ask if I want him to take Amiya. Just take her. Odds are I’ve had her all day and am ready for some me time.

-Put yourself in my shoes…would you want to take her the whole time and not get to participate?

And

-I’m happy to have her most of the time as long as I get some little breaks.

Most of the time I’m fine with letting him have some play time, I just want to know that he’s willing, and thinking of my needs.

How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

Maintaining an active lifestyle with a baby is a juggling act, but enjoy it.

Now that Amiya is three months it’s so much easier to do things as she’s far more content to look around at her surroundings.

Don’t let being active with a baby scare you. Start small, don’t let their crying stress you out, make sure their needs are met, and enjoy easing back into your lifestyle.

And remember…they’re not little for long, so enjoy this phase with your tiny human.

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Best Prenatal Stretches to Relieve Hip and Back Tightness

Almost there.

39 Weeks.

Over 9 months.

273 days.

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That is how long this bump of mine has been growing. Feels kinda like an eternity, and somehow like it’s gone fast at the same time and I haven’t quite figured out how that works… (I know all my fellow pregnant ladies feel me…)

Overall, mobility wise, I’ve felt good during pregnancy. I used a barbell some, I’ve played ultimate frisbee and volleyball quite a bit even recently, I can still climb on the counter if I need to, and am probably still more flexible than my husband.

The last few weeks I’ve definitely been feeling my hips loosen though, which causes all kinds of discomfort, pain, and general miserableness. There are nights I go to roll over and it feels like I left half of my hip behind, my back is tight, and my glutes have given up on life.

#justputmeoutofmymiseryplease

while I personally love chiropractors, and highly recommend them during pregnancy, there are just times when you need some relief, and can’t wait for an appointment. If this is one of those times, give these moves a shot and hopefully you can loosen things up a bit!

{disclaimer: always consult your midwife/OBGYN before starting any exercise program while pregnant. I am not a professional, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and am doing during pregnancy}

If foam rolling feels good for you, by all means use it on your back. personally for me, it hasn’t worked being pregnant which is why I didn’t include it, but if you can, and want to, go for it! Just use it with caution and watch out for that baby bump

I have a few different foam rollers but this one is my favorite.

You can either start with 10 reps of each move, or each one for a certain amount of time, or as much as you feel you need to loosen up…just don’t push past your mobility. you want it to feel like a good kind of stretch.

No pain does not equal no gain.

Prenatal Stretches for back and hip relief

CAT/COW

yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness
yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Tactical Frogs

Spread knees comfortably and extend your body to open the hips, pushing them forward to feel them stretch. Sink back into child’s pose, stretching the upper back.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Knee Windmills

Sit on the floor with hands behind you, and both knees pointing in the same direction. Keeping your heels on the floor, rotate your legs to the opposite side. This one can be a bit tricky, but feels soooo good on achy, tight hips.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Modified Child’s Pose

I kept my arms under me to support my belly instead of stretched out.

yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Spiderman’s

Aka, lizard pose. If mobility is limited, do a kneeling stretch. If not, let the leg that is up fall to the outside for a different stretch.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Forward Fold with a Squat

This one might be a bit more challenging but feels so good. Again, just move as you’re able, don’t force it. In a standing position forwards fold to touch your shins/ toes. In a smooth motion drop your hips into a squat. Straighten the legs while still touching shins/toes, feeling the stretch in your hamstrings, then stand completely up.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness
yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness
yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness
yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Arm Windmills

Begin seated as pictured, with your right knee in front first. Place your right hand next to your knee, and cross your left arm towards the right side of your body, extending it for a good stretch. Open your chest up as you bring your left arm back, reaching behind you, fingers stretching like you’re trying to reach something.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Tricep Stretch

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Seated Cat/Cow

With hands on knees, inhale and arch your back to open your chest, feeling a stretch in the low back. Round your back out, using your hands on your knees to deepen the stretch, exhaling as you go.

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yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

Butterfly

Sit with your knees out comfortably, and move your upper body in a circular motion, out to the side, forward over your lap, and out to the right, using your weight to deepen the stretch.

yoga for pregnancy, pregnancy stretches, stretches for back and hip tightness

And there you have it! Stretches that can be done pregnant or not, in 10 minutes! Or longer if you have time…

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Fit in 15: Full-Body Burner {Pregnancy Safe}

With my belly growing seemingly rounder by the day, I have to admit…working out is the last thing on my brain. Especially with house projects I want to get done, a new puppy, blogging stuff, cooking, wanting to snuggle with my man when he gets home, being tired, etc….

Coming from someone who used to train in CrossFit competitively and loved it, not wanting to workout is kind of a big deal.

However, I know I’ll feel better if I do it, and I want to practice what I preach, so yesterday I created a quick 15 minute workout so I could be done with my warm up and workout in under 30 minutes.

I took this one slow, stopped more than usual for water, and had to lock previously mentioned puppy in her kennel before she got stepped on, or had a Dumbbell dropped on her head, but when I was done I was proud of myself for getting my 35 week pregnant self off the couch and moving.

I’ve created a collage with some pretty awful pictures of the movements, but until I get better quality pictures for you guys, this will have to do…

15 minute full body workout. Pregnancy safe, dumbbell workout

Another cool thing about this workout?

Besides the fact it only takes 15 minutes, all you need is a timer, and one Dumbbell, or Kettlebell. Or a milk jug filled with sand…whatever you have will work! I only used a 10# weight, because I’m basically wearing a 15# weight vest, but choose a weight that is a bit of a struggle to get the last repetition or two of each movement. If you have access to multiple Dumbbells and want to use one weight for the upper body and another for the lower, GO FOR IT! There is no right or wrong way to do it.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or Registered Dietitian. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. I am not liable for any mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities from this site

Set a timer for 15 minutes and complete as many rounds as you can of the following:

10 bicep curls to shoulder press (do 10 on one side before switching arms)

10 goblet squats

10 rear lunges each side (hold weight on the side that is stepping back. complete all 10 before switching sides/legs)

BAM. Done.

What I love about AMRAPS, (as many rounds as possible workouts), is the ability to scale according to your level. New to fitness? You’ll probably be a bit slower than some people. Been working out for a while? You’ll crush more rounds, and still also your soul.

Workouts don’t have to be long and complicated to be effective. In fact, simple is almost always better.

Make sure you’re logging your workouts, too. It’s easy to think you’re not making any progress, but stay consistent and you’ll find you’re able to go faster and get more rounds, add more weight, or maybe even both!

Don’t have weights? No problem!

Simply swap the bicep curl/press for push ups, however you can do them. You can do them on a wall if you’re brand new to working out, your coffee table, a bench, a chair, your knees, regular…If push ups are no problem for you do them strict, and even change up what kind you do each round.

Regular, triangle, dive-bomber push ups… Just have fun with it!

The squats can easily become just body weight, as well as the lunges, or you could even do jumping squats/ jump lunges for a completely equipment free, do-anywhere workout.

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5 Positive Habits That Will Change Your Life

5 Habits To Change Your Life

If someone were to ask me the ONE thing that changed my life, I would say it is my daily routine.

Which really is not one thing.

No BS about it, there really is no ONE thing.

My daily routine is made up of a lot of little habits that over time have changed my life.

The secret sauce of life is how you spend your time.

You are what you do and what you think.

If want to change your life, you must change what you are doing on a daily basis.

You can exercise until you pass out. You can eat kale and broccoli all you want.

But if you have a negative mindset, if your job is making you miserable, if you’re in a toxic relationship, then nothing else that you do to try and achieve health is going to make a difference.

I saw a quote on my Pinterest feed the other day by Albert Einstein that said, “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.

This is so true.

Positivity is the fuel that moves you forward on the path to healthy living, so you’ll probably hear me talking about it a lot in the future.

I’ve made a list of 5 positive habits that have helped me develop a healthy daily routine. These are things I have gradually added into my life over the past couple of years. Sometimes I would start a habit and feel like, “why the heck am I doing this? This feels stupid”.

But the proof is in the pudding girlfriend.

You know as well as anyone that consistency is the key to getting the results you want. Committing to improving your day is an investment in yourself that brings results.


Journaling

I used to journal a lot. During my teens I filled up several journals a year. They were packed with what I did that day, what people said or did, all those angst-y teen feelings, and brain-dumps of ideas. I would spend hours pouring my soul into those books.

I have to laugh at my younger self a little. She firmly believed in documenting everything  because someday her descendants might want to read and find out what the life of a millennial teen was like (heads up future descendants, it was full of drama and self-absorption just like it is for teens in any century).

As a wife and business owner, dog-mom and growing a tiny human, I don’t have time for that level of introspection. Maybe you do, and if so that’s awesome! I firmly believe that more we can safely and privately express any and all feelings and thoughts we have, the better we’re able to process them and move on in a productive fashion.

But if you’re like me and don’t have time to write a novel every day, try just committing five minutes a day journaling. Try it before work, or in bed before going to sleep.

Make a bullet-point list of that day’s highlights.

Write about what you’re grateful for.

List some goals for the day and how you’re going to make them happen.

Analyze a problem that you have in your life and how you feel about it.

Vent.

Dream.

WRITE IT DOWN.

Writing down your goals increases your likelihood of achieving them by 42% Something about seeing your dreams and ideas brought into the physical world in paper and ink instead of just floating around in the abstract world gives those dreams a life of their own.

Listen To A Podcast

You’ve probably heard this one before. It’s supposed to be this great tool for personal development and learning valuable information, but for the longest time I just couldn’t really get into this habit.

My problem was that I couldn’t find a podcast I could stand listening to and didn’t get bored with.

I recently stumbled upon the GoalDigger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher and after just one episode I was hooked! I love this podcast’s honest look a Jenna’s life and her rock-solid advice on building a business. I’ve binged on episodes of this podcast and listened to some of them more than once–they’re that addicting.

There are tons of awesome and inspiring podcasts out there. Find the one that speaks to you and helps you grow as an individual and dive into it. Make your commute to work or your afternoon walk a time for personal development. Time spent working on yourself is never wasted.

Prep For Your Day

Set yourself up for success.

I seriously feel so much more in control of my day if I don’t start out by careening out of bed, scrambling to find something to eat while trying to put on deodorant, and getting to work only to find out that I left my badge and keys in the dryer.

Set out your clothes.

Pack a lunch.

Plan your breakfast (you know you should be eating it, so just do it).

Do your skin care routine.

Think about your intentions for tomorrow.

Check your daily planner for the day and put your big three goals down on your schedule.

Run your day or the day runs you.  

Cook At Home

I know that frozen waffles and hot pockets are fast and easy (and delish…I know it!) but save them for the fun occasions like girl’s night.

If you really want to be healthy, learn to cook.

It’s not as hard as the food industry has made us think it is.

Whether you’re that college kid living on a tiny stipend, or cooking for your family, hop on Google or Pinterest and search for easy meals.

Literally, type in “5 ingredient meals” or “healthy recipes for a crowd” or “10 minute meals”.

Keep it simple.

Stock your pantry and fridge with whole foods that don’t require much or any prep.

Whole fruits, veggies and grains require almost nothing but water to turn into easy meals like fresh fruit and oatmeal, or brown rice with stir-fried veggies.

My hubby and I have a fun date where we split up in the grocery store, buy four or five items and then have a crazy cookoff at home making a meal with everything that we bought.

Turn up the music and light a candle while you create in the kitchen.

Pretend you’re on Chopped and narrate your creations if that’s what keeps it entertaining.

Have a themed meal night.

Know exactly what is in your food and keep it as whole and fresh as possible.

The food industry thinks they can feed you better than you can feed yourself, and I’m here to tell you they are wrong.

Cooking at home is easy on your budget and your waistline.

So get in that kitchen and just start creating and experimenting!

Trust me, you will fall in love with nourishing your body.

Join A Health Community

Accountability is the secret sauce of creating a healthy lifestyle. It is amazing what can happen when strong and determined people get together and support each other.

I’m the biggest introvert of all. Like, I am so happy to be by myself at home in pajamas, but when it came to working out consistently I actually felt isolated a lot of the time. I didn’t realize that all those people at the gym weren’t judging me, and they either felt just as insecure as I did, or they were confident enough in themselves that they didn’t feel the need to judge others.

But being part of a health community doesn’t have to mean joining a gym.

Facebook groups or other online forums are an awesome way to connect with like-minded people, even if they’re not in your local area. While I was in school for my health coaching certification, several classmates and I had a Facebook group where we posted our goals, how our coaching businesses were doing, or what we were cooking. And actually, most of those people were located halfway across the globe from where I was.

A health community could be so many different things.

A zumba class.

A corporate wellness program.

A mental health support group.

A community garden.

Whatever it is that you need to reach a goal that you have set, find out where people with those same goals are gathering and go there.

Can’t find any groups to join?

Start your own!

Choose community over competition (trust me) and watch the magic happen.

I hope this little list helps you find your groove in life and rock it!


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Core Strength during Pregnancy

Core strength during pregnancy

When I first found out I was pregnant I was so excited. My husband and I had decided after we were married that we didn’t want to wait to have kids, and after experiencing a chemical pregnancy a month after we were married, it made this pregnancy even more exciting.
However, because of my previous loss, it made me incredibly leery to workout. I was used to working out hard, and had been doing CrossFit for two years prior to all of this, but wasn’t sure how much my body could handle and my baby was far more important to me than working out. So, I took a hiatus, planning on waiting just long enough to get past the first 8 weeks.
Well, week 6 hit and I was so sick, life was miserable! Forget working out, it was hard enough to function, and do basic house chores…
This lasted until 21 weeks, and the only time I worked out was for the one week I was on Zofran for nausea, then after that it was back to barely functioning. Super fun stuff…
If I said I enjoyed being sick while pregnant I’d be telling the biggest lie ever. However, I’m also grateful, because:

1: I had a healthy baby

and

2: It gave me a lot of time to research what was safe during pregnancy, and come up with a plan for what I wanted to do/didn’t want to do during pregnancy

I had never heard of pelvic floor health before, and read a lot about Diastasis Recti and how to avoid it as best as able, and I hope to be able to share some of that information with you over the next few weeks!


{disclaimer: always consult your midwife/OBGYN before starting any exercise program while pregnant. I am not a professional, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and am doing during pregnancy}


To all my preggo mamas out there, I completely understand how hard adjusting your workouts can be, and I want you to remember to be gentle on yourself! Every woman handles pregnancy differently, and you absolutely cannot compare yourself to someone else who hits the gym 5 times a week, if you’re struggling to workout even once or twice.


With that said, if you have been cleared to exercise, DEFINITELY keep it up mama!


LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but in pregnancy it’s so true! You know your body best. You know what feels normal and what doesn’t. If something doesn’t feel right, causes pain, dizziness, or anything abnormal, STOP. your body is under a ton of stress growing a tiny human, so you will probably find a lot of things that just feel “off”

What is Diastasis Recti?
Short answer?

DR is where your abdominal muscles separate, causing a gap in between your “6 pack muscles”.
As your baby grows, it puts more strain on your abdominals, and certain exercises can make it worse which is why you should change your core exercises after the first trimester.

Read this article for a more in-depth look at Diastasis Recti

Since this is my first baby I played it extra safe and stopped a lot of movements before other people might have. Better to be conservative than regret it later, in my book.

MOVEMENTS I STOPPED:

-Traditional crunches of any kind
-Kipping pull ups
-Sit-ups of any kind
-Candlesticks, Leg levers, scissor kicks, etc (basically anything on my back with extended and elevated legs)

These are the main ones. My reason for stopping these? I wanted to avoid any potential “Coning”.
I kept hearing this word but didn’t understand what it really meant until recently, when I actually noticed it on myself. It gave me a moment of panic because my mind instantly went RED FLAG!!!!
But I feel like so far I have kept myself from major seperation, and a bit of coning here and there is pretty normal considering what your body is going through.

WHAT IS CONING?
Imagine yout pre-pregnancy body sitting on the edge of your bed. If you had no prior experience with DR, then as you leaned back your core would engage and tighten, and flatten (ever wondered why fitness models lean back when flexing their abs? that’s why…)
Now take your beautiful pregnant body and do the same thing, and chances are, instead of flattening, your stomach will “cone” and look like its coming to a point.
THAT is what we want to avoid in pregnancy.

Now, don’t panic! There are still plenty of exercies you can do while pregnant. Your core is incredibly important to keep strong now. Doing so will help with back pain stemming from weakened muscles, and also be good for delivery. Your body is going to go through so much on that day, so it’s a good idea to keep strengthening them.


CORE SAFE MOVEMENTS:
-Planks are great, and I did them earlier in the second trimester. Again, watch for coning! I stopped these completely in the third trimester, but that doesn’t mean you have to if everything is looking ok. just know you might need to do elevated with your hands/elbows resting on a higher surface
-Deadbugs
-Bird dogs
-Side planks (on knees)
-Standing oblique crunches
-Kettlebell swings (My personal FAVORITE!)

These are just a few of my favorites that I’ve been doing, and that have felt good.
I’ll be sharing some workouts incorporating these, but when in doubt, go for a walk since the weather is getting nicer, and do a simple Tabata picking one or two exercises.

If you don’t know what Tababta is, It’s 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds and a total of 4 minutes.
EXAMPLE:
KB Swings for 20 seconds
Rest 10
Bird dogs for 20 seconds
Rest 10
REPEAT 4x

There is a lot of information about core safety and pregnancy, just make sure you do your research, and do what is safe for you, but don’t neglect your core! swap out traditional exercises for some of the ones above to keep that baby belly strong without sacrificing your safety.

What are some of your favorite swaps Mama? Comment below!

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