I have gotten so many questions about my fitness while pregnant that I wanted to do a little series on what worked for me with this baby as opposed to my first pregnancy! I am not a professional or nutritionist or OBGYN so obviously this is based on my personal experience and my own fitness level prior to this pregnancy!
Exercising During Pregnancy
First, before you take on vigorous exercising, consult your doctor or OBGYN early on obviously! They will help to adjust your exercising plans according to levels of pre-pregnancy fitness. My doctor told me that I could keep doing what I had been as long as it felt comfortable for me– basically pregnancy is not a pass to avoid your fitness, but it’s not the time to take on suddenly training for a marathon if you’ve never even ran before.
For me, I was in the best shape of my life when I got pregnant and had been doing some really intensive and athletic programs such as Insanity Max:30 and Hammer and Chisel. I was really grateful for that because it gave me a solid base to start from and I was able to do more than I would’ve otherwise been able to do for longer in my pregnancy due to that.
Pregnancy comes with weight gain. 40 pounds is a normal figure, and I’ve gained about that with each of mine, but the visual results are SO different and I can tell that this is a much healthier pregnancy overall!
I’ll talk in more detail about the specifics of the trimesters in later posts, but did Beachbody On Demand programs for all 41 weeks– even through really bad nausea that lasted 20 weeks, traveling for work, working full time, and all the other lovely aches and pains that come with growing a baby.
Eating During Pregnancy
Again, you’ll want to consult your own doctor about this, but for me, I was able to modify the portion fix container system for most of my pregnancy. I also used Shakeology and supplemented with folic acid after consulting with my doctor, rather than using a pre-natal. I increased my caloric intake my second and third trimesters and have had a steady and healthy weight gain. I absolutely have had more carbs and watched what I’ve eaten a little less, but I am SO much more aware of what and how much of what types of food I’m putting into my body, and I can tell that for sure in my energy and overall skin, hair, and cravings.
This is a helpful guideline for caloric increases– again, it is NORMAL and HEALTHY to gain weight while pregnant!
- First trimester: You actually won’t likely need any additional calories during your first trimester. Instead, you should focus on choosing nutritious foods that keep your energy up while supporting your baby’s development. I was so nauseous for most of mine that it was hard to get any food down!
- Second trimester: Up your daily calorie intake by 300 to 350 calories per day — that’s the equivalent of approximately two glasses of skim milk and a bowl of oatmeal.
- Third trimester: You’ll need about an extra 500 calories per day.
Shakeology During Pregnancy
This is a question I get A LOT! And again, you’ll want to work with your own doctor on this. But this is what worked best for me. I had started drinking Shakeology while nursing Caleb and have had it now daily for almost three years and can tell you personally that it has been a game changer for my cravings sweet tooth, and overall health and energy! During the rough first two trimesters, it was literally one of the only things that sounded good, so I was thankful to be able to fuel up with good nutrition.
Like I stated above, I replaced my prenatal vitamin with it and added folic acid and didn’t use it to replace a meal but as a supplement to the food I was already eating. Pre-nantals made me so nauseous with Caleb that I was thankful to not have to do that again!
I know that so many women are nervous to try it but will be fine going through a McDonald’s drive through, and honestly if you look at a lot of the foods we eat they are FULL of artificial ingredients and fillers and chemicals! It’s scary honestly! Would you say that it’s healthier to have a coke or fast food in a drive through? Donuts? Chips? All those crazy things we crave while pregnant? The obvious answer is NO! It’s definitely ok to question things you buy and put in your body. That is a good thing! For me, Shakeology is a no brainer while pregnant!
Another perk is the digestive benefits! Shakeology is loaded with prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. Let’s be real, constipation is a common issue during pregnancy and Shakeology combats the digestive slowness and promotes regularity.
There are a couple big misconceptions that people often run into as well:
MISCONCEPTION #1: There has been concern and questions asked as to the vitamin A levels in shakeology with taking a prenatal. The vitamin A source in shakeology is beta carotene based vitamin A which is highest quality form of Vitamin A you can ingest– like the kind found in carrots. Where the toxicity risk with Vitamin A comes from is the retinol form which is animal-based.
MISCONCEPTION #2: Many people think that Shakeology is simply for weightloss or protein, which wouldn’t be needed while pregnant. so why would you drink that during pregnancy or while nursing? It is not meant to replace your food. It is a great source of protein, but that’s not all that is in it! It actually has the equivalent of 7 salads worth of nutrition in it and is a a great way to get in a lot of nutrients in a low calorie way. Bottom line, most people are nutrient deficient and not protein deficient.
It is not a weight loss drink, which is what many people think of shakes as being. There are quick fixes out there that deprive your body of calories but I am not a fan of them at all. What Shakeology does do is give your body the right nutrients to help fuel you! That in turn gives you more energy, less cravings, and overall feeling better. Whenever we deprive our bodies of nutrients, we feel sluggish and run down because we can’t operate on empty!
Shakeology helped me during pregnancy and while nursing to feel good and have more energy. It helped me not have some of those crazy cravings…or if I did have cravings I had something else to chocolaty to turn to that was healthy. I did not use it as a meal replacement or a way to stop myself from gaining too much. In fact, I gained the perfect amount for my body….about 40 lbs. And to re-iterate, always talk with YOUR doctor about your personal situation!
I hope this helps you make a decision about whether you want to drink Shakeology during pregnancy or while nursing to help you stay on track with your health and nutritional goals. I had no complications at all and have one very healthy and happy son and a healthy pregnancy with baby girl!