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The last thing any expecting mom feels like doing while pregnant is hitting the gym, especially if it involves lifting weights. But, what every mom-to-be should know is that there is no need to go crazy in the gym to stay fit, maintain a healthy pregnancy weight, and keep your baby healthy. A simple weight training program and a healthy diet can do so much to make you look and feel great during pregnancy, and after your bundle of joy greets the world. Just make sure to consult your doctor before starting any kind of exercise program to find the best plan for you.

1. Speed Up Your Metabolism

Lifting weights is such a huge part of staying fit because it helps regulate your metabolism, and there is no better time to keep your metabolism even than during a pregnancy. Your metabolism is the clock in your body that decides whether to burn energy or store it as fat. If you maintain an active metabolism during pregnancy, it will be easier to lose the weight after your baby is born. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be, and the higher your metabolism, the easier it is to keep weight off.

2. Burn Fat for Free

Building muscle is, believe it or not, the best way to burn fat. Now, it’s very important to have enough fat on your body while pregnant, because both you and your baby need it to stay healthy. But, you can still burn fat in a natural way by building muscle. Just having muscle on your body actually burns calories, even when you’re not working out! You will naturally burn an extra 350-500 calories for every ten pounds of lean muscle. So, not only will lifting weights help you stay fit during the pregnancy, it will help you burn fat after.

3. Improve Stamina

Having muscle on your body will make you stronger, and being stronger just makes everything easier. Lift weights during pregnancy, and it will be easier to do things like walk up stairs, get up off the couch, bend down to grab the laundry, and everything else that suddenly becomes difficult as your tummy grows.

4. Stop Dreading the Elliptical

The best part about weight training? It’s so much better than cardio! Most doctors recommend some form of light exercise during pregnancy, but there are just those days when we don’t feel like walking on a treadmill or suffering through an even light setting on the elliptical. When you lift weights, though, you can sit down on resistance machines and lift a very light weight. Just take 30 minutes to lift weights three times a week and ditch that treadmill avoidance altogether.


This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 [at] gmail.com.

Have you heard of P90X? It stands for Power 90 [day] Extreme. It is made by Beachbody, a company that is focused on fitness. Well, starting October 1, I’m going to do it.

One of my friends, John, is a Beachbody coach, so I bought the program through him. He’s doing a challenge with a group of people–5-10, he says–to go through the program for 90 days, then to do P90X2 for the next 90 days. I figure it will be good for me, and motivating.

My husband and I are going to work at it together. He’s already in decent shape–he’s been working out at the gym for a while. I, on the other hand, have a hard time motivating myself to do my workout, even when I get to the gym. I don’t enjoy challenging myself, and my workouts get boring after a while, and I plateau quickly. P90X will solve all of those issues.

I’m not really overweight, but I have some extra “baby fluff” around the middle that I would like to get rid of. Plus I have never been able to do a push-up–not even a girl push-up–ever in my life. And currently I need 80-90 pounds of assistance to do a chin-up. And I only weigh between 130 and 135. It’s what I got down to in my weight loss challenge last year, and I never have gotten lower. I am a bit more fit than I was at the beginning of the summer, thanks to my gym membership, but I have plateaued, and I need something to help get me over this hump.

I’d like to invite you, if you would like to join me in this fitness adventure, check out John’s blog post about the challenge. I’m not doing the shake part of it, for financial reasons, but I wish I could. But I figure there are some things I can do about nutrition anyhow, and I’m really more interested in the camaraderie and accountability. I’m not a Beachbody coach and would get nothing out of it if one or more of my readers wanted to join the challenge, except mutual moral support.

So what do you think? Care to join me?

Good news! I weighed in at 135 this morning! :) That’s a pound down in the last week.

I’m actually a little surprised to have lost a pound. My week got off to a bad start. Sunday for lunch we went to the ABC in Gladstone. We’d heard they were serving free lunches, and figured it would be like eating out, and even if we had to buy extra food to make a full meal. Well, the food was vegetarian, but it was anything but healthy. Think fast food. Shamburgers and Pronto Pups (corn dogs), with chips and coockes. My husband’s comment was that it wouldn’t hurt to eat that kind of food once in a while (like 2 so 3 times a year) since we didn’t make a regular diet of it. But I felt sluggish the rest of the day. Way too much fat for one meal!

So I watched my fat intake the rest of the week, and I’m pleasantly pleased to know that setback didn’t set me back too much.

Now I’m hoping for another couple of pounds in the next week. Also, I’m toying with the idea of getting a membership at the local Curve’s. The only problem is that I don’t have a way to get there except on Fridays (they close on Sundays). I could always just use the gym at my chiropractor’s… That is, I think, free for his patients (might have a small enrollment fee, I don’t rememnber). So I’m praying about it this week. I don’t want to make a rash decision; Curves has a 1 year contract! I’ll let you know what I decide next week.