Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pregnancy Fitness.

I had baby #3 a little over 3 weeks ago. Monday was the 3 week mark to be exact and Monday was my first day back at the gym and lifting heavy since having my little boy. I honestly felt good enough to head back to the gym about a week after the baby was born but I decided to wait an extra week to get nursing under control and on a schedule of some kind, then I did a week of just walking/light weights. I am excited to share my fitness journey with all of you and to show you how I plan on loosing the baby weight/getting back in shape. I decided before I start on those posts I would first post about my pregnancy fitness journey!

Here are a few things I have learned over my past 3 pregnancies.

1. List to your body & talk with your doctor. I was constantly asking my doctor questions about the Do's & Don't's in pregnancy. Most of which he responded with 'Listen to your body". If an exercise is uncomfortable, stop doing it. If you are craving a certain food, eat it (in moderation of course). If you are tired or nauseous, take a break. The list goes on, but I think you understand where I am going with this. You know your body best and you know what is best for your baby.

2. Try to get in shape prior to getting pregnant. I was in the best shape of my life when I found out I was pregnant with baby #3! It has only been three weeks and I can already see the benefits from being in shape. Not only that but it is easier to stick with your clean eating habits/ exercise routines if you are already doing them. Once you become pregnant it is even harder to find the motivation so starting before you get pregnant seems to help tremendously!

3. Water, water, water! There are so many benefits to water while pregnant! It helps with everything from delivery to stretch marks so make sure you are always drinking plenty of water! Even in that first trimester when it is hard to keep anything down!

4. Eating clean! I think the MOST important reason to eat clean while pregnant is so that your growing baby gets the best nutrition possible. But there are so many benefits on top of that. You will have more energy and feel better during your pregnancy! And it's a big added bonus that you will most likely bounce back faster!

5. Working out- it's hard to find motivation when pregnant! Trust me, I know! But adding exercise to your routine while pregnant helps with delivery, ensure you don't gain extra weight & helps you feel better (because we all know we have those bad days when pregnant). About 2 weeks before I had Tatum I was in the gym and an older man approached me telling me that he was an OBGYN for years and he was so happy to see a pregnant girl days away from my due date still working out! He began to tell me all about the benefits I would see from sticking to it!

As far as competing goes, I definitely want to get back on stage! I love competing and can't wait to do it again and to hopefully get my Pro Card soon! My goal was to be back on a National Stage within a year! There is a National Show in Vegas every July that (I competed in it last year) and I would love to compete in that again! In order to compete in a National Show I have to place Top 3 at a local show, so I would have to compete before that show. I decided to contact my coaches, Ryan & Taylor Benson, to see what they thought! They have bigger plans for me and want to see me on a stage much sooner than that! I would love to get on stage as soon as I am ready, but I am also soaking up having a Newborn and 2 young kids as well as running a business! So if it fits in my schedule despite my other priorities then I will go for it! I will do much better about posting on here, IG (@mckinli) and Snapchat (@mckinlih) so you can follow my journey & hopefully start or continue your own!


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