With Mothers’ Day a fond memory for many, this ultimate transformation moment takes time to focus on mothers-to-be.
Just recently, one of the famous trainers for the “Biggest Loser” (the television reality weight loss show) made the statement that she doesn’t want to give birth because she doesn’t want to lose her figure.
Well, beautiful mothers-to-be, while your figure will transform for the duration of your pregnancy, you can ultimately regain the figure you desire, if you have a fitness program and continue with a modified program. If you do not have a program, you can begin one. The fitness program must be modified to accommodate the pregnancy. However, cardio, stretching, resistance bands and weight training may all be incorporated.
The benefits you receive from strength training and cardio training during your pregnancy, will help you control excessive weight gain and allow you to reduce, if not avoid, some of the common postpartum discomforts in such areas as the lower back. If there are hip issues, you will gain adequate strength for actually lifting the baby after the birth and for carrying all those baby bags. Having a fitness program will also improve your overall state of mind.
Your fitness program should keep dexterity in the muscles, which means resistance training and weight training should be incorporated. I must stress the importance of proper hydration and the intake of plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are vital to good nutrition. These are all concepts to be considered not only during the pregnancy, but afterward as well.
Once upon a time, any workout routine during pregnancy was considered a “no-no,” but this is how you will keep your beautiful body. The last piece of information I want to share is that it takes an average of 12 to 24 months, after birthing a child for the internal organs to return to their pre-pregnancy position in the body. So, give yourself time to heal, and adjust inside and out.
I caution against giving yourself a “license to overdo it” during your pregnancy. Don’t overeat the cakes and pies, and ice cream because “the body is changing anyway.” Continue to practice moderation and general self-control and discipline, when eating. Modify your fitness program, but have one.
Finally, after having your child, please be patient. Continue with the healthy lifestyle habits of proper nutrition, exercise, and positive thought. These will help you realize and achieve your desired physical body.
Mothers-to-be, embrace all that is wonderful and amazing in bringing a beautiful life into the world. Know that you never lose the power to be and have a healthy and beautiful you.
That’s our ultimate transformation moment. Peace and be more.
Erich Nall is the owner and founder of ultimate transformations training (www.ultimatetransformations.com) in Los Angeles, Calif. The certified trainer, nutritionist, motivational speaker, and dedicated life coach is a regular guest and commentator on KJLH 102.3 FM’s the “Front Page with Dominique DiPrima.”