Some of you reading this probably don’t know that I am expecting my second child in January of next year! We are beyond excited for this new addition to our family, and can’t wait to find out if Cameron will have a little brother or sister. We deeply appreciate the love and support we have received from our family and friends!
While most people have reacted to our news with congratulations and well wishes, there have been a disappointing number of people who have commented on what they seem to believe is my doomed healthy lifestyle. I can’t even count the number of times I have heard things like “You lost all that weight and now you’re going to gain it all back!” and “at least you get to eat cake whenever you want now!” I’m not sure where people get the idea that pregnancy is the time to become sedentary and let your health go to waste, but they are seriously mistaken.
I didn’t start eating a healthy diet and exercising just to lose weight. It’s a lifestyle that I decided I wanted for myself and for my family. Being pregnant does NOT mean that I am going to throw all of that out the window. In fact, during pregnancy it is crucial for your health as well as your baby’s that you eat a well-balanced diet – rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Now is not the time to cut calories or start the latest fad diet, but it is a great time to pay attention to what you are putting in your body, which is also what you are putting in your baby’s body.
Being pregnant also does not mean that I am forced into a sedentary lifestyle. Any pregnancy book (or your doctor) will tell you that exercise offers a plethora of benefits for you and your baby. Similar to dieting, this is no time to start an intense fitness routine. However, maintaining a moderate amount of physical activity keeps your heart healthy, which is working much harder now to pump the extra blood in your system through you and your baby. Doing things like prenatal yoga and exercises designed specifically for pregnant women can ease pain and stress during pregnancy and delivery, which is also better for your baby. Pick up a book on pregnancy and fitness if you don’t believe me!
The bottom line is that there is no better time than pregnancy to take care of your body. Word to the un-wise… you won’t see me eating cake whenever I want or sitting in front of the TV all day with a bag of potato chips!