It's weird to me that I've gone through TWO pregnancies now! It all feels like a blur to me now, but here I am with two kids. I feel so grown up!
This is a question that pops up every now and again, so I want to share things that I feel like helped me a LOT going into pregnancy. Of course, I'm not a doctor, or YOUR doctor, so please always be sure to consult with your doctor about any pregnancy related questions/concerns.
#1 CREATE A HABIT OF EXERCISE NOW
I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I'll just focus on getting healthy after having the baby". To be frank, what makes you think it'll be easier to live a healthy lifestyle when you have a needy little one who depends on you for EVERYTHING? What makes you think it'll be easier when you're 100x more exhausted (mentally and physically) than you've ever been before? The BEST thing you can do is to create a habit of exercise NOW - before you get pregnant. That way it's not as hard to exercise during pregnancy and after the baby comes. Of course it's still challenging, and of course there will be days it's the very last thing you want to do, but it'll make it SO much easier to stay active throughout each stage if it's something you were already used to doing beforehand.
#2 BUILD A STRONG CORE
And no, I don't mean "have a six pack". The six pack muscles are just one small part of the core. The inner abdominals, also known as the transverse abdominis, are crucial during pregnancy and are usually neglected. These are the muscles that act as your body's corset, and hold everything together. They support your pelvic floor, help prevent diastasis recti, reduce lower back pain during pregnancy, and help you core restore itself after delivery. If you go into pregnancy with a strong core, it'll make the experience less uncomfortable and the recovery much easier. All of my the workouts I post on my Instagram SAFELY support the core (especially the "pregnancy core" ones - duh), along with all my workouts in my Pregnancy Workout Guide. Even though you're not pregnant yet, I still recommend beginning to incorporate some of the exercises into your routine now!
#3 FOCUS ON THE QUALITY OF FOODS
In general, I feel like everyone should do this, but I wish I had thought more about it when I got pregnant with Piper. I was already eating healthy, but I wasn't AS concerned about exactly what I was putting into my body (like watching for specific ingredients). When I got pregnant with Piper I started paying attention to eating REAL food, and eating the best quality because I wanted to give my baby the very best. I could also taste additives and sweeteners 10000x more, thanks to heightened pregnancy senses, which honestly kind of grossed me out. I'd recommend making healthier changes PRIOR to pregnancy (kind of like getting in a consistent habit of exercise BEFORE getting pregnant) because it'll make it so much easier during pregnancy! Your baby consumes (in a sense) what you consume. It won't just be your body that's impacted by what you eat soon!
#4 LEARN THE DO'S & DON'TS OF SAFE EXERCISE
If you've followed me on Instagram, or read my blog for longer than a second, you'll know how passionately I feel about this topic haha. Shut up already, Becky. I know, I know. I just see SO much incorrect information out there that I want to continue to share as much as possible from this tiny corner of social meeds! I could go on and on about it here, but to spare you, read THIS post, watch THIS video, and read THIS to catch up on the basics. On top of that, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! Don't just rely on me. Study up for yourself!!
#5 SET GOALS (NOT WEIGHT RELATED)
What does having a healthy pregnancy mean to you? What needs to happen in order for you to say, "yep, that was one heck of a healthy pregnancy"? For me, it means staying active throughout each stage pregnancy (which looked different day-to-day), consuming all the nutrients my body needs to do this huge job, and being sure to ALWAYS listen to my body. During the first trimester, I was throwing up ALL day, every day, so a walk a couple of times a week was the very, very best I could do. THAT'S OKAY because I did what I could. I don't recommend setting "only gain X amount of pounds" goals because that shouldn't be the focus. Your body will gain what it needs to. Your job is to make sure you're helping it do it's job by staying as healthy as YOU can.