After Kim Kardashian’s much-publicized weight gain during her preganancy and Kate Middleton’s equally-publicized lack thereof, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about the imminent pound pile on.
But, there’s no reason to eat for two (by the way, the extra kilojoules you need for the baby are equivalent to 1 small tub of yoghurt or a slice of toast and cheese) and exercise need not fall by the way side for the entire 9 months. I maintained my 3 times a week beach promenade walk with my husband. Since I was 8 months pregnant in mid summer, we would time our walks to co-incide with sunset. Romantic and practical 🙂 We would walk for 30-40 minutes at a gentle pace.
Towards the end of the 38th week, we would walk 10 minutes, then rest – he’s roll me to my feet for the next 10 minutes and we’d manage 30 in total 😉 I discovered that Pilates (if you start this form of exercise before) is a fantastic way to maintain your strength and prepare yourself physically for birth. My instructor, William Hall helped me not to balloon too much and to maintain muscle memory. Hopefully it shouldn’t take too long to pop back into shape, but don’t use Hollywood standards as par for the course.
Your health and your baby’s health is paramount and you need not be ready for a swimsuit shoot 1 month after a baby – leave that to Heidi Klum 😉 Another great form of exercise while pregnant is www.preggibellies.co.za. We featured them on my show “Glambition” – this is the link to the Yummy Mummy episode in which we did a feature on them: http://youtu.be/vPfFBaSXGl8. Janine Habana also has a facility called Femme Fitness – there’s a great insert on her discussing pre and post pregnancy fitness with fitness expert Lisa Raleigh. I spent quite a bit of time at my favourite women-only gym on Kloof Street in the Lifestyles on Kloof Centre called Zone Fitness – www.zonefitness.co.za and PreggiBellies classes are also presented there once a week.
Keep fit and healthy during your pregnancy – it’s good for you and the baby and helps recovery post birth.