Pregnancy Safe Exercises

Yoga while pregnant // FashionableHostess.com

Guest Nutritionist Post by Casey Simmons {Bio Below}:

“Hi Ladies! I know we all wish we could look as healthy and beautiful as the Fashionable Hostess with her adorable belly so I’m going to share the most pregnancy safe exercises with you to help you get that fabulous glow she gives off so well!

Maybe you’re used to being active, maybe you’re not, but when those extra baby pounds are showing, you want to make sure to keep yourself and that bundle of joy in there as healthy as possible. Not only will exercise help you lose those pounds quicker post-pregnancy, but it will boost your mood, improve your sleep, and reduce the pregnancy aches and pains. By strengthening muscles and building your endurance it will also make childbirth easier. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you feeling limber and loose, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles without causing too much physical stress or strain for you or the baby. All you need is 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep your heart and the little one’s heart healthy!

Here are some great exercises to do throughout pregnancy:

  1. Walking – Walking is safe for your body and easy on your knees. A brisk walk on the treadmill or outside enjoying the weather in the park is wonderful.
  2. Swimming – Swimming is one of the safest exercises for pregnancy as it keeps your body toned without adding weights or stress. It is also great for raising your heart rate without causing overheating.
  3. Dancing (who doesn’t love a little Zumba)! – Dancing is great; just avoid too much jumping, leaping, or spinning.
  4. Cycling – Cycling is a good option because the bike supports your weight, so there is less stress on your body and less chance of falling until you grow to a larger size. When your belly is at it’s larger size, be more cautious as it can put some stress on your body.
  5. Stair climbers – Stair climbers are great for you and your baby. Side rails provide balance support and stepping is a great way to keep your heart rate up.
  6. Yoga – Yoga maintains muscle tone without impacting your joints. Be sure to not lay flat on your back for extended periods of time and don’t overstretch as it can cause muscle damage and increase pregnancy aches and pains. Stretch just enough so your body feels warmed up and ready to get going.
  7. Weights – Weight training is completely fine while pregnant but be sure to do lighter weight and don’t strain yourself.
  8. Last but not least…Kegels! Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy can help you develop control of your muscles during labor and delivery. They will also help with bladder control and minimize hemorrhoids. Best thing is, they can be done anywhere and no one knows you’re doing them! So start doing those kegels ladies! :)

Exercise tips:

  • Before and after exercise AND every 20 minutes of exercise drink 8 ounces of water to stay hydrated.
  • If you feel yourself too tired to carry on a conversation while working out, then you are done for the day; stop exercising as soon as you start to feel worn out, don’t push yourself.
  • Keep your heart rate around 140 beats per minute, breathe deeply, and wear loose-fitting breathable clothes.
  • Keep up the hard work because that bundle of joy will be here before you know it. Your child will need you strong and healthy to give you a boost with those upcoming long nights!”

Meet Casey Simmons:

My name is Casey Simmons; I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist and total gym rat! I grew up with a trainer helping keep me at my prime as I played sports and competed in tennis at a national level. Ever since I finished playing tennis for Florida State University, I have taken it upon myself to keep up that active, healthy lifestyle. Shortly after tennis came to an end, I got certified in nutrition. I currently teach first grade in Tampa, FL and am trying to rub off my healthy habits on the little ones as well.

I continue to love and learn more and more each day about all types of healthy living and I am so thrilled to be featured on The Fashionable Hostess’ fabulous blog. I hope you enjoy the advice that I share with you and please feel free to contact the FH with any topics you want to learn more about and she can pass on the suggestions. Don’t be shy because I can talk forever about all of the knowledge I have gained over the years!

For more articles by Casey, check out the Fashionable Hostess Get Fit Section!

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Pregnancy Essentials Giveaway

I am excited to co-host a “Pregnancy Essentials Giveaway” curated by Mommy and Pregnancy Gurus/Bloggers, Karen of My Chic Bump, Blakely of Eloise & Me, and Me! See all of the things we crave during Pregnancy come together in one fab list!

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  1. A $25 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity - A one-stop-shop for comfy and stylish maternity clothes. Blakely says, “Dresses are the way to go while pregnant! With a dress you have a quick outfit & nothing to squeeze/irritate the waistband. I have been living in my long, comfy maxi dress this pregnancy.”
  2. A set of Belly Buds - As seen on Modern Family, Shark Tank, and on the celebrity bump of Kim Kardashian. Belly Buds help your little one hear and recognize important voices (daddy, grandparents,etc), music and sounds while still in the womb.  Karen says, “It’s a great way to connect and bond with your baby in a meaningful way.”
  3. 1yr subscription to Fit Pregnancy Magazine - Karen follows it for nutrition, fitness and safe exercises during pregnancy.
  4. The Baby Bundle App and a Free Consultation with Founder Dr. Jen – Baby Bundle is the first app to merge all your baby tracking essentials and photo sharing features into one app and offer advice from a renowned pediatrician! Amanda loves it for keeping track of everything for your new born. 
  5. Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil - Amanda lathers it on to prevent stretch marks; she also love that its made from 100% natural oils!
  6. Noodle and Boo Elasticity Oil - Blakely loves this wonderful smelling oil because it eliminates the itchy belly, enhances the skins elasticity and most importantly prevents stretch marks.
  7. Bump Nest pregnancy pillow – Blakely says, “These are amazing! Truly the softest fabric you’ll ever feel. Sleeping can be a challenge while pregnant. With support in all the right places, the Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow relieves the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. They come in darling color/fabric options.”  * Bump Nest is offering our readers a discount code: enter ELOISE10 at checkout (code is valid until June 30th).
  8. A Maternity Pajama Set from Envie de Fraises - Karen says, “These extra extra soft maternity pajamas are perfect for an incredible nights sleep, a fun morning at home with the family, and stylish enough for a romantic evening at the house with your husband. A good combination of form fitting and straight cut to give your body the flattering and elegant look you want.” 

This giveaway will run from 4/21 – 4/28 and we will announce the winner on April 29th.

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Mixing Harem Pants + Baby Bumps

Making the Harem Pant Trend work during Pregnancy // FashionableHostess.com

Sometimes it is so damn hard to be trendy while pregnant. My “go-to” style when slim, as can be seen in my “Dress on Trend” section, is a loose top with skinny jeans {envision the Conway Top from A.L.C. with J Brand skinnies}, but wearing too loose of a top when pregnant can just make you look huge. So buh-bye to silk flowy blouses! On the other hand, wearing a tight top with tight bottoms, I feel like I am being too risqué, not to mention way off trend {unless I am going for the Miley Cyrus look, NOT!}. So what’s a girl in my situation todo? One answer: Harem Pants. Time to loosen it up down below and tighten it up on top… taking this girl right out of her comfort zone! So how do I pull off this look and still feel great? See some tips below!

Fashionable Hostess in Old Navy Tank, Levis Denim Jacket and Zara Harem PantsPink Balenciaga // FashionableHostess.comStrolling in NYC in Harem Pants // FashionableHostess.com

Tips to making this trend work…

1. Wear the pants below the bump… or sans bump, just wear them low at your hip bone.

2. Make sure they are loose! Harem pants should not be giving you any form… if they are clinging to your thighs, then they are too small. If they are giving you a camel toe, then they are too high. If they don’t look semi-like pajama pants, shop for a less tailored style!

3. Worried you just look huge? I love ones that have a gathering or cuff at the ankle; this helps to visually slim out the leg.

4. Think they are too casual and want to wear for work? A. Get ones in a print and B. Get ones that button at the clasp rather than ones with a drawstring.

5. Pair them with a fitted top. If you go loose and loose you will be beyond Man-Repeller and look overall just larger.

6. If you are uncomfortable in a tight tank, throw on a denim vest or denim jacket over top. Just make sure the vest or jacket is short {the bottom of your jacket should not reach the top of your harem pants!}.

7. Have fun with accessories! I love the pairing of my pop color Balenciaga Classic Mini City Bag, and I dressed up the look with my metallic pointy flats!

Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess

Shop some of my Harem Pants Picks at AMAZING prices:

Balenciaga Pink Bag for Spring // FashionableHostess.comNYC Spring ready in Harem Pants by Zara // FashionableHostess.com

Note: This shoot took place when I was 25 weeks pregnant. Follow along with my Bump Fashion on Instagram with Hashtag #FHBUMP

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