By: Brittany Claverie, TRX Certified Instructor
In case you didn’t know, I am now in my 27th week of pregnancy and our baby boy is expected to arrive in July! It really is incredible to think of how fast time is going lately. It feels like I just found out I was pregnant and now I am counting down the days! While I can’t say I’ve had an easy pregnancy, it has been one thing after another. I started experiencing morning sickness at roughly 8 weeks, and it continued until about 20 weeks, and nothing could ease the nausea. Believe me, I tried everything. The nausea turned into acid reflux which kept me up for hours every night. Thank goodness this has subsided, and I only suffer occasionally. For the past four weeks I have been nursing my right foot, which the podiatrist believes is a stress fracture due to my “weight gain” and the hyper mobility I have in that foot. With all of these pregnancy symptoms and obstacles, I take each day as it comes, I live minute by minute, and I thank God for blessing us with this miracle.
I have always been told this is the time to eat whatever you want, and over indulge in as much sweet and salty goodies as you possibly can. Well, I beg to differ. Thus far, I have only gained 15 pounds. Since finding out back in November, I told myself I did not want to “let myself go” and just eat anything and everything in sight. You are told you only need 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy, which is roughly an orange and a low fat yogurt. Or you can choose to spend those calories on a piece of chocolate cake. Which would I choose? The fruit and yogurt, of course! From the beginning, I have been making my own smoothies filled with spinach and fruits, to provide nutrients for both me and the baby. During the day I try to make healthy choices by snacking on fresh fruit (frozen green grapes are my favorite!), a protein or granola bar, Greek yogurt, rice cakes with peanut butter, veggies and hummus, unsweetened applesauce, or whatever catches my eye in the grocery! For my meals, I do not over-indulge, but eat a sensible portion. I have to honestly say I have not had any strange cravings yet, but I do not deprive myself if I want a snowball or a shrimp po-boy! Another thing that I have found to help tremendously is keeping up with taking some of my Genesis pure products. I take the Daily Build which is a multi vitamin, and I also take the superfruit juice, Go Yin (a hormone balancing juice). I truly believe these products have my body in the best shape, keeping both me and the baby in good health, and I feel the Go Yin has helped suppress the cravings.
Overall, I am very pleased with my body and physical condition at this point. I am very thankful I was in shape and extremely active before getting pregnant, and I look forward to the challenge of getting back in shape after the baby arrives. Stay tuned.
About the Author – Brittany Claverie
Let me take you back to about 10 years ago at the age of 18 when I was at my heaviest and was battling self-image issues. I don’t recall precisely what ignited my determination to get fit, but at that point it became a priority and I decided to take control and started exercising. Over the process of consistently exercising and watching my nutrition, I lost 40 pounds and 5 dress sizes! It was amazing to me how good I felt, and how my self-confidence improved.
After losing the weight, I decided that I would never go back to that place of feeling so low, and I realized my lifestyle needed to change for good. That decision drove me to become an aerobics fitness instructor and a certified TRX instructor. My passion is to help others feel good about themselves, help them stay true to their fitness journey and most importantly have fun working out!