We’ve got exciting news – Francina is on her way to becoming a mama for the first time! We wanted to share the experience with our Riders, so we’ve asked Francina to host a mini-series on the blog about how to stay on track as a healthy and fit mama.
I’m so glad Revolve asked me to do this blog series on my first pregnancy. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been thinking about reviving my personal blog as a way to remember this incredible experience.
I’m happy and honored to share my journey with you and answer any questions. One of the most asked questions I get is how I’m staying healthy and fit through my pregnancy, how pregnancy has affected my regular workout routine, and what adjustments I’ve made so far.
HOW I’M STAYING A HEALTHY AND FIT MAMA
I’ve been on a consistent workout schedule for years, and my OB-GYN is fully supportive of me staying active through the pregnancy as long as I listen to my body, properly hydrate and eat nutritious foods to fuel my workouts. Eliminating that activity would actually be an abrupt change in my normal schedule, possibly causing excess weight gain, a more difficult labor and a tougher time taking off the weight after birth.
Many of my OB-GYN’s patients have run marathons, teach classes like I do and stay very active during their pregnancies. He completely assured me that there is nothing to worry about and I’m taking all precautions necessary to make sure everything is safe for my baby and me.
TRAINING FOR TWO
I’ve kept my normal workout schedule so far, teaching five indoor cycling classes and three Zumba classes a week. Indoor cycling is non-impact and very easy on my joints, which makes it a fantastic exercise to do while pregnant. The only thing I’ve needed to adjust is the handlebar height to accommodate for my growing belly.
When I teach indoor cycling, I take frequent breaks because it’s become a little harder for me to catch my breath and talk into the microphone while I cycle. When I’m riding as a participant, I don’t feel the need to take as many breaks.
Zumba is a bit more challenging. I’m eliminating high impact moves and trying to learn how to teach my classes without much dancing. That’s been more difficult because participants usually need more guidance and visual cueing in Zumba, but I’m trying my best. One or two days a week during my mornings off, I also do some fairly easy incline walking on the treadmill and light weight-lifting and stretching.
ADDING PRENATAL YOGA TO THE MIX
I’ve also started prenatal yoga and I absolutely love it. I haven’t been a big fan of yoga because of my lack of flexibility, but prenatal yoga is slower and focuses on stretching muscles that we need to prepare us for birth, especially in the hips and lower back. We also focus on meditative breathing. I walk out of my class feeling like a million bucks and it feels great being in a class full of pregnant ladies. :) I take classes at Mind the Mat once a week and hope to add more classes in the future.
I’ll also be providing more frequent updates on my own blog about my fitness journey through pregnancy, so check there for more updates!