How I'm trying to stay fit growing two babies
With my first two pregnancies I tried to stay as fit as possible throughout. With Nell I did my last dance show at 6 months pregnant and continued up until possible with crossfit and swimming and with Teddy I was a regular gym goer, at least twice a week whilst also running around after a toddler. I do believe keeping fit throughout not only helped during labour but also in the fight to get back fit post babes. This time around, being pregnant with twins, I am finding it completely different. I have no energy, I get out of breath extremely quickly, even a trip up the stairs can take it out of me and that is all if the sickness hasn't raised its head first. I have also been struggling with painful hips which isn't making me want to skip to the gym anytime soon.
I see a regular chiropractor to help with my hips and all other problems she finds along the way and I also attend regular pregnancy pilates which has been brilliant and kept me sane. For someone who was extremely active before I have found it very difficult to abstain from pretty much .. anything, it actually makes me anxious in the lead up to birth; If I'm tired climbing the stairs imagine how tired I will be after hours of contractions followed by pushing two babies out my pie hole. I find exercise as a great release, not just physical but mentally, you know those happy endorphins you get from chocolate, wine and sex. You can get the from getting fit too. Some may call me crazy but I MISS THE GYM! ( Choc, wine and sex is pretty good too ;) ).
When Pip and Joan from Mum Hood By Frame, approached me asking if I would be interested in trying their Pregnancy, Fitness and Nutrition plan, I jumped at the chance. They have an online programme that you can log in to and do in the comfort of your home whenever you get 5 minutes. It is ideal for fitting around family life and morning sickness. When you sign up you get a pack through the post which includes a nutrition guide with foods to avoid and foods to indulge in as well as some AMAZING recipes. Coconut milk porridge has become a staple in my diet. The pack also includes some Thera bands and a tote bag. You also get 8x30 minute videos, split to fit your three trimesters of pregnancy. From Pilates to Yoga to Barre you can choose what video suits you and opt in and out as you wish. This has been ideal for me, instead of paying for a expensive PT or course I can never find the energy to attend.
I couldn't recommend it enough.