Pregnancy Fitness with Carbon 38

August 1, 2016

Today I am excited to be talking about pregnancy fitness with Carbon 38 and the Blogger Nation girls! I should start by saying that I am not a fitness guru: I do not belong to a gym or have a regular workout routine. Full disclosure, I ate pasta and pizza this weekend. You might remember my last post with Carbon 38 where I shared some realistic healthy habits I live by.  All those practice remain in my pregnancy.

I should also say that watching my body change has been much harder for me than I anticipated, and I have gained more weight at this point than I thought. As I mentioned in my last post, I used to be about 30 pounds heavier. For years now I have worked to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep my weight consistent, so it is difficult to watch it go back up even though I know it’s because I am pregnant. I have all the fears I am sure are common among first time moms. Will I get my body back? How long will it take? Am I doing the right things to keep me and my baby healthy? Etc. Overall, I seek to have an attitude of gratitude that I get to carry this sweet babe and adapt to the changes the best I can. Here are the ways I am trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Pregnancy Fitness with Carbon 38

  1. Eat smaller, healthy things throughout the day – While I have always brought my lunch to work and eaten it throughout the day, during my pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, I  found it essential to have smaller, healthy items I could eat throughout the day. When I was nauseous, eating every couple of hours helped. I didn’t want to wind up eating too much, so I adjusted what I ate slightly. I also found a balance of protein, fiber, and carbs to be more important. I felt like I needed more protein than normal. Examples of what I ate are peanut butter toast, protein bars, an apple and peanut butter, yogurt, almonds, boiled egg, etc. Granted this is what I ate on a good day, but you get the point.
  2. Exercise – I’ve never been a runner. Gym memberships just end up making me feel guilty when I don’t go. Find what works for you. I love to walk in our neighborhood. Even better if it is with a friend or my hubby. It’s been so hot here in Oklahoma this summer, so I have been sticking mostly inside. We bought a used treadmill on Craig’s List, and I have been trying to walk 2-3 times per week. I also just tried prenatal yoga for the first time this weekend, and I am looking forward to going again.
  3. Pack snacks – I never know when I am all of a sudden going to feel ravenous, so packing an easy snack in my purse has helped me not fall into the black hole otherwise named vending machines.
  4. Drink lots of water – Unfortunately I have already experienced swollen ankles. Whomp whomp. The best thing I can do to combat them and other issues is to drink lots of water. I have always been a coffee, water, and tea person. Thankfully I didn’t need to consider cutting out pop too, but I have cut back on tea to watch my caffeine. I feel like I am constantly drinking water!
  5. Avoid big, salty meals – The times I have felt the worst both mentally and physically are after I overeat, especially on salty food. For me this means one thing, avoid Mexican. I have no self-control people!
  6. Make easy dinners at home – Cooking at home has always helped me achieve balance in my health (it was on my last post). It’s been even more important as it relates directly to the success of numbers one and five. The emphasis is easy meals at home. During the first trimester I was so hungry and so tired by the time I got home from work. If an easy (read fast) meal wasn’t available, you better believe I grabbed a burger. I have been making things in the crock pot, putting together salads, and looking for things that last more than one night. You can find my favorites on my Pinterest board.
  7. Fun workout clothes – When talking about fitness or health, this will always be on my list. As a fashion lover, having something I look forward to wearing is always motivating. I think it’s important to purchase a few things that will fit your growing bump so you still feel like getting dressed. Carbon 38 offers a variety of high quality items that will work for any fitness level. I love their leggings, and the print on this pair is so fun.
  8. Give yourself grace – Last but not least, give yourself some grace. Remember you are carrying a human. It is taxing on the body, and you will have times you don’t feel like yourself or feel like eating healthy/working out. Going through infertility and IVF really made me realize the true miracle of pregnancy and childbearing. Though I have struggled with this particular one myself, I am finding it so important to remember how special this time is, and, just like anything in life, nothing will be perfect. It’s good practice for getting ready to have a baby, I’m sure! I know there will be lots of grace needed then too.

I’d love to hear any tips or habits that may have worked for you! Please share in the comments below.

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  • Reply thefashionfolks August 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Love how stylish you look even in workout clothes! Eat way too much salty food too, but it’s just so delicious and especially during summer! But not too healthy though unfortuanetly! Xx

  • Reply Izabela Nair August 1, 2016 at 6:52 am

    What a lovely workout gear. I’m not a huge lover of fitness but having a nice workout clothes always motivates me to exercise.

  • Reply Public Lives, Secret Recipes August 1, 2016 at 6:48 am

    You look amazing!! Absolutely gorg! xo

  • Reply Tara | The Mix August 1, 2016 at 6:30 am

    These leggings are super cute!

  • Reply Lauren {Fizz & Frosting} August 1, 2016 at 6:13 am

    These are great tips. I remember eating often when I was pregnant. I felt like I was always snacking but it helped me from getting overly hungry or nauseated!
    Fizz and Frosting

  • Reply Whitney August 1, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Watching the scale go up was the hardest thing for me with my first. It gave me so much anxiety. As long as you are not eating poptarts covered in butter you are fine. You are gaining what your body needs. I started doing pregnancy yoga and fit pregnancy dvd’s and it helped me feel better all around. You look beautiful! Just remember that your body is not your own, you’re sharing it with another human and it’s gotta change. Plus you get new cute clothes!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Meghan Conard August 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Great tips for living a healthy lifestyle, especially while you’re pregnant! You look amazing lady! Love the fitness outfit!

  • Reply Jill August 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

    These are great tips, especially drinking lots of water and bringing snacks with you so you don’t hit the junk! Your workout gear is so cute! Love those leggings!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Biana Perez August 1, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I definitely need to apply more of these healthy tips into my every day!! You look amazing girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply theblackblush blog August 1, 2016 at 5:06 am

    You are glowing! This is such a great fitness outfit!

  • Reply Rachelle August 1, 2016 at 4:55 am

    these are some great tips and you look beautiful. I have no doubt you will get back in shape, so enjoy your pregnancy for now. 🙂


  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio August 1, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Sounds like a great routine, love the fitness outfit too!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Alices Myles August 1, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Wow, cool outfit, nice style!

  • Reply Duchess of Fashion August 1, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Lovely workout gear! I’m not even sure if I’d attempt to workout during pregnancy lol. Good for you!

  • Reply Tamara August 1, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Loving those leggings! It’s good to see you’re still active and healthy during pregnancy! A healthy = a healthy baby!


    Tamara –

  • Reply Jackie August 1, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Love those leggings Amy Ann, fun print! I’ve watched several friends go thru pregnancies and the weight was all different. Some gained their weight at the start of their pregnancy and then put on only a hand of pounds at the end. And some of girls barley gained a pound until the last month of there pregnancy. I think it all depends on your body. And I think you look amazing 🙂

    xo, jackie

  • Reply Natali August 1, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I remember when I used to be pregnant and even though I have never had any problems with my weight, it did feel “weird” to watch my body change and extend as the months went by. I believe that this is the same for every woman, because in only 9 months we get to see a huge change in our bodies, like never before.
    Believe me that little ones are such a big responsibility and once they’re born, esp for the first 6 months, it can be very exhausting the amount of time, nerves and effort you need to put out/ into taking care of them that any extras you do gain during the pregnancy, melt off really quick.
    You look fabulous for a pregnant woman and all of these tips which you’ve pointed out ( esp. 1,2 and 5 ) are the same I’d suggest to every expecting mommy out here.

  • Reply Publicist in Pearls August 1, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Loving those leggings!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply Amber Shannon August 1, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I love your points about eating a healthy diet, in addition to working out. This workout gear is super cute and looks totally comfy!!

    All the Cute ?

  • Reply Violette August 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I have no idea about that as I never been pregnant, but that looks so important for body and mind! Love this sporty look! Happy Monday Amy!

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