Why Pregnancy Is Not The Time To Make Excuses!


Happy Fitness Friday! Today I’m bringing you a great guest post on staying fit during pregnancy! I have been pregnant twice. Once I was very active and once I was not – exercise makes a huge difference so this is a topic near and dear to my heart. Enjoy! 🙂 -Erin

Pregnancy is not time for excuses!

Why Pregnancy Is Not The Time To Make Excuses

We all know maintaining an exercise program and/or routine is huge and greatly affects the body. Working out clears the brain, enhances the body’s performance, and increases an individual’s self-confidence. If all this is true, then why don’t more people workout?

It’s simple.

Time and habit. Life gets in the way, we lose track, and eventually it becomes weeks, months, and years since that last workout. Backaches, knee problems, hip issues, and neck pain seem to settle in and for many, that becomes the norm.

Hold the phone. This does not have to be the case. I am a huge advocate for pushing the body, maintaining a daily exercise regimen, and fighting for you goals. The body will go as far as the mind is determined. Don’t limit yourself.

Fit Mama

I have always been a fitness kind of girl. But I grew up in that kind of environment so it comes easy and natural for me. I am now a mother and my second child is due next month. Many would say that I have every excuse in the book to give up my workout routine because 1. I am a busy momma and 2. my body is already working twice as hard by creating a human being.

So what. I’m pregnant. That only means my body is a temporary home for my child. My child doesn’t hinder my abilities to continue working out. My child also doesn’t stop me from continuing a healthy lifestyle.

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. I still squat, do push-ups, lift weights, perform moderate cardio, and feed my body with healthy nutrients.

Pregnancy Is Not A Handicap!

Pregnancy is not a handicap. Exercising during this time of your life is crazy important because your body is already undergoing a great deal of change. If you’ve been pregnant at least once then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s so easy to become frustrated with yourself because of the rapid weight gain, the exhaustion, and food cravings. You almost feel as if you have no control over your body.

Moms and moms to be, this is why I strongly encourage you to either keep up your workout routine throughout pregnancy or begin one. Besides feeling like you’ve lost your body completely, exercising during pregnancy aids with common aches and pains and can also help relieve nausea. I found this to be true for both of my pregnancies. Whenever I feel my back give out I do a moderate workout and cool down with 10-20 minutes of prenatal yoga.

Keeping up with a regular exercise routine will also slow down the weight gain. Exercise will tone the muscles, as well as promote strength and endurance, all super important for labor and delivery. And as for the number one motivation (at least for me), regular activity will make it easier for you to jump back after pregnancy. I experienced this with my son. Because who doesn’t want to fit right back into their jeans as soon as possible?!

Listen To Your Body

Of course I want you to listen to your body and I do this every single day. Some days I feel up for jump squats and other days I modify the move. Pregnancy isn’t the time to lose weight or cause injuries just to reach your goals from pre-pregnancy. Pregnancy is a beautiful season of life. Keeping up with a moderate exercise regimen 4-5 times a week will improve your overall health and help you jump right back into pre-pregnancy mode.

A few exercises I do on a weekly basis are squats, lunges, upper body exercises (i.e. shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep extensions, back rows), calf raises and my abdominals. I work from the obliques and not the front abs directly as that could injure you more than do any good. The goal is to maintain your fitness level and not overexert to make a point. A guideline that I have followed throughout this entire pregnancy is if I can carry a normal conversation during my exercise routine, then I am in the safe zone with my heart rate.

You Are Worth It

Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial for both you and your baby. Besides maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, you are also doing something for you—super important. Make time for you because you are worth it and pregnancy is and should be a special time of your life feeling vibrant and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your story and advice Vanessa! 🙂

Author Bio: Vanessa is a crazy active mom to an 18 month old and soon baby #2. When she’s not blogging she loves to spend time with her family, workout, relax on the beach, and drink weird organic fermented juices.

Follow along on Vanessa’s fitness journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And be sure to check out her awesome blog at Fit Foodie Mom Life for more healthy inspiration!  

Raise your hands fit mama’s! What was your favorite exercise during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is no time for excuses!

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  1. Great guest post! It is definitely easier to maintain a healthy fit lifestyle if that was already you pre pregnancy.
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    • That’s so true, being active before even getting pregnant makes a huge difference! The effort to exercise and eat well is so worthwhile, pregnant or not!

  2. When I was pregnant I still worked out. Yoga was especially helpful for pregnancy pains

  3. I think it is so important to stay as active as you can during pregnancy. Unless a dr tells you not to, it will be so helpful for you after you deliver. Great tips, thanks
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  4. I love this. You sound like such a confident person and very motivating at that. Yup! Even pregnant, your body does need lots of exercise. You are on point with this post.

  5. I completely agree that being pregnant doesn’t mean turning into a couch potato and eating everything in sight. lol With other kiddos at home, there’s no time for that kind of pregnancy anyways! lol

    • I can totally relate to that Jessica, lol! 🙂 My 2 year old never let me “rest” when I was pregnant with his little brother! 😉

  6. I totally agree, I tried my best to exercise with my last pregnancy. I went for walks (that’s all I could do while caring for two toddlers by myself).

  7. thanks for sharing this! I enjoyed writing it and love how you put it together on the blog!! 🙂

  8. Pregnancy is not a handicap, but as a very active person who felt extremely ill during my pregnancies…I know that this post is missing that perspective. I have been a long time runner, cyclist, and gym enthusiast. However, during pregnancy felt horribly fatigued and nauseated to the point where I thought I was dying. Pregnant women who do not exercise are not being lazy. That is an overgeneralization and using the term handicap is offensive to people who are physically or mentally handicapped. As a licensed OT, who works with “handicapped people” I do find that many people with, and without disability strive to be fit. Deeming someone who is not working out handicapped is very short sited.
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    • Thanks for sharing your perspective Jeanette! I really appreciate it and I’m sorry for your difficult pregnancy experience! That must have been tough.

  9. This is me right now. I’m just so tired and tired lol. I’m hoping at the end of the 1st trimester I’m back to my regular self to atleast get back into my walking and yoga.

  10. I agree with you about being fit while pregnant. I think it is important to keep up your stamina When the little one comes, you will need it!
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  11. Pregnancy is not a handicap, and I understand what you’re saying, that exercise is still important during pregnancy. But do keep in mind that not all pregnant women can or should exercise. You never know who is experiencing some sort of problem that precludes exercise.

    • Excellent point Heather! And of course this article is not directed at women who have been advised by their doctors to NOT exercise due to other issues. Just a little motivation for those who are able! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  12. I’ve had 2 full-term pregnancies and with my second I was much more active and felt so much better than the first time around! It is such an old school thought to have to stop exercising and I’m glad I’m hearing of more doctors encouraging continuing exercise.
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  13. I loved being pregnant and all that came with it especially the extra energy i had. I use to love going for walks when pregnant.
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  14. I did not work out much with either of my pregnancies. I didn’t view it as a handicap, but I was way too tired to try working that in. Sometimes I wish I had made more effort. Awesome info like this would have been so helpful then!
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    • It’s so hard, because you are tired, but if you worked out you’d have more energy! The struggle is real! 🙂

  15. Great perspective. People think when they are pregnant that makes them “sick” or “incapable”, no, still do what you normally do, just don’t over do it. Pregnancy does not make you a handicap.

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