Stay Fit Like A Pro Throughout Your Pregnancy

Professional runner Sarah Brown shares her tips on staying fit during, and after, pregnancy

We are constantly hearing about getting our “pre-baby bodies” back—before we’ve even given birth there is an idea planted in our minds that we need to get back into shape and look hot as soon as baby born.

The reality of this is much different. It can be a long hard slog for many women and their “pre-baby bodies” may very well be a thing of the past.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to stay fit for your health and the health of your baby. So while we’ve decided to eschew the pressures the world and media put on new moms to get back into shape, we wanted to share a few tips to help you during and after your pregnancy to keep yourself in good health.

To find out exactly what expecting moms should be doing to stay fit and healthy during their pregnancy, we turned to Sarah Brown. Brown is a professional track and field athlete who is currently preparing for the 2016 Olympics, 2017 World Championships, oh yeah, and she gave birth to her daughter Abigail on March 5th 2016.

Brown trained—for the Olympics—throughout her pregnancy so who better to give us the low down on having a successfully fit pregnancy?

First and foremost, you need to be flexible. Not in the yogi kind of way—although that doesn’t hurt!—but in the change is good kind of way. As you grow, you may need to change and adapt your workouts. “Non-impact cross training, such as swimming, Aqua-jogging or the elliptical, can help supplement volume for when you can’t run as much later in pregnancy,” Brown says. “Implementing cross training can help reduce the running expectations you may put on yourself.”

No matter what workout you are doing, remember to adapt your workouts to what feels right for you.

You can’t workout on an empty tank, so Brown recommends you make sure you are getting enough fuel for you and your baby. “It’s especially important to consume protein post workout,” adds Brown. So be sure to have a tummy friendly source of protein at the ready.

To keep yourself motivated to get to that gym class, or to go on that run, find yourself a supportive workout buddy. “I think this is important even in non-pregnancy training because company always makes the process enjoyable and also helps hold you accountable,” says Brown. “They can also help reinforce decisions to take a rest day when that’s what is best for your body and baby.”

Finally, Brown suggests planning ahead to keep yourself on track once the baby arrives. Between late night feedings and long days at home, it might be hard to find motivation to stay active. So plan ahead!

“Don’t lose momentum after baby arrives,” Brown urges. For her that meant picking up a jogging stroller so that she can run with Abigail when she’s old enough. Brown’s jogger of choice? "The Bugaboo Runner is by far my favourite.”

So whether it’s picking up a jogging stroller, scheduling time to workout at the gym, or picking up some weights and at-home workout DVDs, plan out how you’re going to keep yourself fit and healthy once baby arrives.

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