Syncing Your Style: Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Taking care of my body has always been important to me. I try to eat right, exercise, get enough rest and drink plenty of water. When I found out I was expecting, I kicked my committment to my health up a notch, after all I was growing a whole other life!

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Lauren Bartell Weiss, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UC San Diego’s Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development and former American College of Sports Medicine-certified trainer. For more information on exercise during pregnancy, visit You can check out the MothertoBaby blog HERE.

Here are some prenatal fitness workout tips recommended by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Guidelines for Exercise During
Pregnancy and Postpartum shared by Lauren Bartel Weiss, PHD.

1. Regular exercise (at least three times per week) is preferable to intermittent activity.

2. Avoid exercise in the supine position after the first trimester. This position is associated with decreased cardiac output in most pregnant women, causing a decreased distribution of blood to splanchnic beds including the uterus.

3. Pregnant women should stop exercising when fatigued and not exercise to exhaustion.

4. Non–weight-bearing exercises such as cycling or swimming will minimize the risk of injury and facilitate the continuation of exercise during pregnancy.

5. Adequate diet should be ensured.

6. Avoid types of exercise in which loss of balance could be detrimental to maternal or fetal well-being, especially in the third trimester. Further, any type of exercise involving the potential for even mild abdominal trauma should be avoided.

7. Adequate hydration, appropriate clothing, and optimal environmental surroundings during exercise should be ensured.

8. The physiologic and morphologic changes of pregnancy persist 4–6 weeks postpartum. Thus, prepregnancy exercise routines should be resumed gradually based on a woman’s physical capability.

Regular exercise can be one of the hardest things to squeeze in while you’re expecting. You are incredibly tired, perhaps nauseous, and as your pregnancy progresses, more clumsy as your shape changes. Ironically, the way to combat fatigue, waves of nausea as well as the growing pains of pregnancy is to get regular exercise.  An exercise journal can be a helpful tool for any busy mama to be. The Fitplan pregnancy journal by Gaiam has been a useful way to plan, track and help me to meet my fitness goals as an expectant mom.
I have found prenatal Yoga to be relaxing, and has kept up my strength, balance and sense of peace. DVD’s I have tried and loved include: the relaxing and soothing Shiva Rea’s Prenatal Yoga (it is modified for each trimester!), Crunch Yoga Mama Prenatal Yoga for a comprehensive and super positive toning workout and if you’re ready for a power punch workout Sara Haley’s Expecting More is designed with varied workouts to keep you fit, healthy and in shape.

Having the right clothes during exercise is so important. You don’t need to be hiking up your pants, pulling shirts down over your belly, or dealing with uncomfortable elastic or extra fabric. My favorite yoga pants are made by Ingrid & Isabel for the unique way the hug and shape my lower body. The full belly panelled front is extremely comfortable and provides ample coverage (read: they don’t stop in the middle of your huge belly!). I love how they are cut in a Crossover Panel™  “v” in the back making them supportive without overloading you with fabric.  They grow and change as you do, providing you with support, comfort and all day wearability.

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Of course, looking as good as you feel is motivating to any mama, expecting or not. I love the new line by me2Roo. Fun designs, bright colors and great fabrics combined with the perfect amount of movement, and breathability makes the activewear from me2roo especially appealing to expecting mamas. I love that many of the pieces will also be perfect after baby arrives and will allow for easy nursing access, camouflaging the tummy pooch all while helping you to look great while you’re working hard to get back to your prepregnancy self.

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As far as tops go, I love the eco-friendly designs from Fitbump. The collection is designed to last well into your fourth trimester, and tops like the Iris are perfect for nursing mamas on the go. The top fits well over my belly and has been comfortable as I make the giants leaps during my final trimester. The fabric is soft, breathable and is fitted in all the right places.
Mamas to be often need guidance on how to eat while expecting. This area becomes particularly challenging when you already have a family to care for. FitBump Thrive Foods is a meal delivery program that is plant-based, gluten-free and are well-balanced specifically with you and your growing baby’s needs in mind. I love that the FitBump Thrive Program focuses on fresh, complete meal ideas with a farm to table philosophy. Thrive foods is available as a pre and post natal food plan so even after baby arrives you can continue to eat well (important as you work to regain your prepregnancy figure and support baby via breastfeeding).  Makes a perfect “new mama” gift!

For low-impact support, a Sports Bra is a comfortable alternative especially while your body is growing and changing. Loving Moments has a new wire free pregnancy to nursing bra (available at Walmart retailers) that is comfortable, and versatile. I can wear it both during and after my pregnancy as its inner sling and breathable mesh back panel is especially designed for active nursing mothers. I love the easy drop down, and the dual adjustable side bands with three hook and eye closures, and the scoop neckline so I can easily wear it with a tee.

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For relief of pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, check out the full line of safe products from Healthy Mama. Healthy Mama offers over the counter remedies for pregnancy, nursing and beyond.

For online support and fitness plans, Erica Ziel, founder of Core Athletica Inc., has created “Knocked-Up Fitness” a series of workouts, DVDs and (coming soon) webinars to help women meet their pregnancy fitness goals, learn the secrets of pregnancy (the ones even your girlfriends forgot to mention) and provide tips, advice and encouraging support.  Knocked Up Fitness is your pre and post natal fitness online resource.

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Syncing Your Style: Maternity ActiveWear

Maternity Fitness apparel has come a long way since my last pregnancy. Pregnancy is not the time to start an extreme exercise routine, but regular exercise is recommended for a healthy pregnancy, steady weight gain, to combat fatigue and build the endurance you’ll need in the delivery room.


Now that my belly bump is growing and my body rapidly changing, I needed maternity fitness apparel that is supportive, allow for easy movement and are above all, comfortable.  I am still not feeling all that great but am trying to meet my goal of doing prenatal yoga three times a week.

I recently tried a pair of maternity fitness capri pants from DLVR Maternity and they offer the kind of support this mama- to-be likes. Although my belly is still quite small, I know I will come to appreciate the supportive band in the DLVR™ Fitness Capri.  As my belly grows, this ActivEmbrace™ waistband design will relieve the pressure off my lower back and pelvis (oh, I remember that feeling) and help me to be comfortable so I can focus on my fitness routine not the heaviness of my expanding belly. If more support is needed, there’s an optional support belt that can be added or removed at any time.

The DLVR fitness capri is made from breathable Tactel™ fabric and the seams are flat so they don’t irritate your perspiring skin. The fit is flattering and the length is just right for my petite frame. These pants are big on function and I love that they are made right here in the USA. Visit DLVR maternity for other maternity fitness clothing and accessories.

Looking for innovative and stylish maternity activewear? I previewed clothes by FitBump and I loved the chic patterns (more than stripes!), bright colors and great cut. The tanks are long to cover growing bellies and work great for the taller mom-to-be. I loved the innovative back zipper that allows you to accommodate for your growing belly (or shinking one, postpartum.) I love the soft, breathable fabric, and FitBump is committed to making their clothing fair trade! The philosophy of the company resonated with me. FitBump‘s focus is on living a healthy, active lifestyle, one that carves out time for moms to take care of themselves.  More of the line is “due” in July.


For full length Yoga pants with options, I love the ultimate fitness maternity pants from “For Two Fitness”. Although a bit long, (no petite length available) these pants are comfortable, tagless, and I love that the belly panel is versatile, it can be worn three ways. The technical BodyFX™ fabric breathes, stretches and is cozy soft. I normally do not gravitate toward bootcut pants, but these maternity fitness pants are super flattering and make me feel good about my growing and changing figure. Their maternity activewear tops have fun saying and make good lounge wear pieces.”For Two Fitness” apparel is Made in the USA.

For stylish comfort, I love the line of maternity bottoms from fit 2b mom. The Synergy bottom has a fold over panel in a contrasting color. These maternity bottoms are great for Yoga, running errands and make fashionable lounge pants. They come in four-color combinations and add a little kick to your maternity fitness wardrobe. I love the Fit 2b Mom balance tank active top. The color detailing is fun and the belly coverage is just right-long enough to be comfortable and fitted enough to be flattering. I love the wider cut so that I can wear a regular bra underneath it. The maternity balance tank comes in four solid colors and three dual-color combinations.

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Momentum Maternity has a variety of maternity activewear suitable for various activities. I like that you can select the activity and then peruse the activewear best matched to that. I love that they have a few dual color combinations tanks and I loved the Momentum Jacket. It has short sleeves, ruching up the front and little details on the sleeves and collar that make it just a little extra special. It also comes in many bright colors. Momtentum Maternity offers a full line of maternity activewear designed to fit through your pregnancy and beyond.

Impact fitness wear offers some maternity activewear from a variety of different brands. Although the site is not solely maternity apparel, it does have a variety of maternity fitness apparel from tops and tanks to capris and materntiy fitness pants. Visit Impact Fitness Wear for stylish maternity activewear to fit your growing belly bump and active (and pregnant) lifestyle.

And for the end of your workouts, a mini massage is a great way to cool down, relax and treat those hard-working muscles to some much-needed TLC. I love the Pressure-Point Massager Stick from Gaiam. It is the perfect size, increases circulation and applies a comfortable yet theraputic amount of pressure to relax and soothe my muscles. The spiky, soft balls are perfect for those aches and pains that are associated with your growing and changing pregnant body. It even comes with a downloadable massage guide.The best part for me? my little ones love to massage my back and ask to do so frequently, how’s that for the perfect tool for preganant mamas?

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