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January 17, 2013

BELCHER: Training for two

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“If there’s ever a time to eat healthy... Now is it!”

This is your time to directly affect the health of your little one, and literally influence what he or she is made of. Nausea can be a big issue during the first trimester and beyond. For many of our athletes, just the site of food they once found appetizing made them sick. That said, they didn’t use it as an excuse to eat a whole bag of Doritos and a half a pizza. If you try hard enough, you can often find healthy options that you can still stomach. 

“Don’t feel guilty if your workout frequency drop off.” 

Tarah Chieffi was exhausted and nauseous throughout her first trimester and found it difficult to get up for her usual early morning workouts. She didn’t always have time to workout in the evenings, so her workouts dropped from 6 or 7 per week to 3 or 4. She felt guilty at first, but she and her baby are still getting tons of health benefits from a few workouts per week, and most women get a burst of energy and relief from nausea in the second trimester.

“Use a weight you are comfortable with”

Before she got pregnant, Tarah was loving that she could lift heavier and heavier weights, but during her pregnancy she plans to stick with the weights with which she was comfortable pre-pregnancy instead of trying to add weight. This way, she still gets in a great workout without risking injury.

“The more consistent you stay the easier it will be to bounce back.”

Heather Bergeron recently competed in the CrossFit Games (a competition to crown the fittest person on earth) only a month after giving birth. She scaled her training and substituted certain movements so that she was able to train well into her third trimester. Her story is more extreme than most, but find out what works for you and stay with it. 

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