When it comes to pregnancy there is a lot expectant mothers need to know. Unfortunately, the majority of what you hear is either outdated or inconsistent. As soon as the world knows you’re pregnant everybody instantly becomes an expert and has some sort of great ‘tip’ for you and your baby.
You’ll hear things like ‘Don’t worry about gaining weight, you’re eating for two,’ or ‘Don’t lift a finger for the next 10 months; exercise is risky for you and the baby.’ These are just a few pieces of advice you’ll likely hear. But when it comes to your newborn baby taking the wrong advice is not an option. It’s hard to know what’s safe and what’s unsafe when it comes to pregnancy. How do I know this? Because my wife Katie and I made the mistake of taking a lot of bad advice during her first pregnancy.
Our First Pregnancy
I felt so bad for Katie during her first trimester as she suffered from blinding headaches and sciatica. This being our first pregnancy, we didn’t really know what to do. Obviously everyone had an answer and each answer was different! The worst advice we took was eliminating exercise. You see, Katie was a spinning instructor and avid fitness enthusiast leading up pregnancy. When we found out that she was pregnant, everyone told her to take it easy. We ran into a lot of issues – stress and physical pain being the biggest problems.
After months of not exercising and with no reduction in pain, we decided to start working out again. Slowly, Katie’s awful symptoms started to subside – and in a few weeks she was able to do all kinds of things without pain. We had to do a lot of trial and error to find out what worked. But by the end of Katie’s pregnancy, we realized how unreliable all the advice we received truly was.
Many of the pregnancy myths women are hearing every day are actually proven to lead to unhealthy habits. I’m talking about excess weight gain, low energy levels and an increased risk of complications at birth. The fact is that following unqualified advice has serious repercussions. But the good news is that you can avoid numerous complications by doing a few basic things.
Myth #1: You’re eating for two
While the old saying still applies, it is important to remember that you’re not feeding two grown adults. The total energy cost of pregnancy has been estimated at 77,000 calories. Over nine months this averages out to 285 calories per day. Research shows that energy needs are different for each trimester.
- First Trimester – NO Extra Calories: This is often when bad overeating habits are formed!
- Second Trimester – 250 Extra Calories: Try an additional banana (105) and broiled chicken breast (153)
- Third Trimester – 350 Extra Calories: Try pan fried, boneless pork loin (225) and one ear of corn on the cob (140)
Remember this differs for all women. The goal here is to ensure appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.
Myth #2 – Don’t exercise while pregnant
Lowering your risk of complications for you and your baby hinges on a balanced diet, the right mix of exercise and consistent medical advice. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women participate in moderate-intensity physical activity for 30 minutes or more each day on most, if not all days of the week.
Walking is a great exercise for beginners. It provides moderate aerobic conditioning with minimal stress on your joints. Other good choices include swimming, or cycling on a stationary bike. If you haven’t exercised for a while, begin with as little as five minutes of physical activity a day. Build up to 10 minutes, then 15 minutes until you reach at least 30 minutes a day.
Pregnancy can be a great time to get or stay active – this will improve circulation, strengthen your cardiovascular system and increase your energy levels to prepare you for the moment of delivery.
And this is information coming from the experts, not stuff you’d find from well-wishers giving out advice!
Consider these startling statistics:
- Pre-term birth occurs in about 12% of all pregnancies in the United States
- Gestational Diabetes (GD) occurs in about 18% of pregnant women
- Women who get GD have up to a 60% chance of developing diabetes within 20 years after pregnancy.
A Healthier and Safer Pregnancy
Katie and I went through a lot during her first pregnancy. As you can see, we’ve done a lot of research into ensure a safe and healthy pregnancies in the future. But we also agreed that we didn’t want other women to make the same mistakes we made. That’s why we partnered with some of the world’s leading professionals on pregnancy health and nutrition. Dr. Sam Ahuja is a renowned OB/GYN, having delivered close to 5,000 babies during his career as a medical professional. Anne Thacker is one of the top registered nutritionists in the nation. As for me, I’m a certified personal trainer who has helped hundreds of client achieve their health and fitness goals.
Our Perfect Pregnancy Fitness Program encompasses solid advice from the three of us for each part of your pregnancy. From the moment you start thinking about pregnancy, through your first trimester, months 3 through 6, to the last few months of pregnancy – and even after the baby is born.
You’re entering a really uncertain time in your life and you need to feel SECURE, CONFIDENT, and SAFE during your pregnancy. As a mom-to-be or a future mom-to-be, you’ll want to avoid a whole host of complications like:
- Low energy levels
- Excess weight gain
- High levels of stress
- Complications at birth
- High blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
You need to be informed about what to expect as your body changes every few weeks. You need to know what to eat each step of the way. And you need to know the easy exercises that help relieve the painful and dangerous symptoms of your pregnancy.
But understand that you can’t go at it alone. The reality is that most people don’t have the ability to have the nation’s top experts come to their house every time something new happens in their pregnancy. That’s why we’ve put all of our advice into the Perfect Pregnancy Fitness video series.
We’ve produced is a complete step-by-step system that will set you up for success each step of the way. We’ve put all the key information you need to know into a logical and simple- to-follow manner so that you’re not overwhelmed, stressed, or worried at any time during this critical period. We show you exactly how to reduce the following problems so many women experience during pregnancy:
- trouble sleeping
- varicose veins
- leg cramps
- ankle swelling
You’ll see how easy it is to follow the step-by-step program we’ve laid out for you. Because in this powerful video series we show you exactly what you need to know about your physical activity, about medical facts, and about your nutrition before, during and after your pregnancy.
Easy to Follow and Easy to See Results
Remember – OUR GOAL is to create the SAFEST ENVIRONMENT for our clients while making them INFORMED AND CONFIDENT.
This not just another fad diet and exercise program that will give you a short term remedies without long lasting results; this is a holistic approach to achieve the best pregnancy for you and your newborn.
There is no other place on the planet to get all this information in one place! We’ve taken years to navigate through all the myths, facts, information, misinformation and advice out there today to give you the exact formula needed to give your baby the best possible start in life, while helping you feel the best possible before, during, and after pregnancy.