As you may have worked out my now, I am expected a baby in August. Now that I've hit the halfway point, I seem to be getting used to all the changes my body is going through including some little tweaks I've made to my lifestyle habits. And let me just put this out there now.. in no way am I a health expert but I've gained some pretty awesome advice from my naturopath, midwife and yoga teacher that I would now like to pass on to you.
1. Getting active at least once a day.
Whether it be a quick 15 minute walk after lunch or a Hatha yoga class - moving my bod at least once a day has helped me keep a clear mind. Also it makes bed time a breeze - no insomnia here when I'm exhausted from a big day at work + little element of exercise.
2. Don't compare to the 'old' you.
This was something I first struggled with. What! I can't do an epic spin class marathon? No way! But seriously - it's time to give that up. New body = new changes. And that means giving up your old workout habits & slowing down the pace. In my case, it meant giving up my beloved spin at Ride Cycle Club but it's fine - I know it'll be waiting there for me when I'm getting back in shape post-babe.
3. Dress the part.
Now here's the fun part - a new workout wardrobe! As is the case with my entire wardrobe, some clothes work by adapting to your pregnant body and some just don't. Workout clothes have been mainly the latter. I was lucky enough to get super spoilt by my friends at Pacifica Boutique who hooked me up with some goodies from Olympia Activewear, First Base and Hackwith Designs. It's best to have a few form fitting items for yoga and then mix it up with some looser, breezy basics for walks etc.
4. Keep up the fluids & snacks.
Lastly.. I've read/heard quite a few times that it's important to keep up the fluids before, during and post exercise. This is something I'm still working on as sometimes I just forget to drink water.. then I end up parched as & guzzling a few cups of water. (Any tips for staying hydrated would be muchos appreciated). I also try to make sure I have a little snack before a class to keep the energy levels up.
That's all from me. Would love to hear if you have any other tips to share & if any of mine have been helpful.