5 Tips for Building Muscle and Looking Great while Pregnant

Even though you know it’s for a good reason, gaining weight during pregnancy can destroy your self-image. You can choose to ride it out and hope you lose the weight after delivering your bundle of joy. Or, you can be proactive and build muscle (with your doctor’s approval) during pregnancy. Here are five tips for looking great the safe way:

Take Supplements

The first supplement you should have in your repertoire whether you are looking to build muscle or not is a good prenatal multivitamin. It will give your baby the nutrition it needs in the early growth periods when the vital organs are forming. You should also choose a natural whey protein that is safe for your baby. Additionally, you will want to add a fish oil supplement, calcium supplement, and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs).

Work Out

The key to building muscle while pregnant is getting exercise. However, if you work out while pregnant, you also lower the risk of having a C-section, lower your risk of diabetes, and reduce the chances your child will have complications. Try to get in at least two-and-a-half hours of exercise every week. Avoid fast, jerky movements. Instead, choose exercises with more fluid movements, such as yoga, jogging, cycling, water aerobics, or swimming.

Choose Healthy Foods

Cutting calories is rarely a good idea while pregnant. However, you also shouldn’t saddle up to the all-you-can-eat buffet every day. Most doctors suggest you eat about 200 calories extra per day. You are denying your baby the nutrients it needs to property grow when you cut calories. Try to eat five or six small meals per day and avoid sugars, saturated fats, processed foods, and empty calories. Also, keep a food diary.

Get Plenty of Rest

Expecting women must get plenty of sleep. Your body works to nurture and protect your little human during the first trimester. Your heart pumps faster as your body makes more blood for the placenta. You might have trouble getting all the sleep you need at night so try to sneak in catnaps during the day.

Drink Water

During exercise, there is always the threat of dehydration. During, after, and before your workout, you should get plenty of water. This will keep your core temp from overheating to a level that could hurt your baby. Try to drink one gallon of water every day. That is 16 eight-ounce glasses.