Extreme Exercise During Pregnancy

How fit is too fit during pregnancy? A women’s health expert weighs in.

How fit is too fit? Especially during pregnancy?

In light of a recent article featuring Stacie Venagro, the three-time World Miss Fitness America Pro and 2014 Miss Fitness Universe, and her pregnancy status updates — I thought it might be helpful to reflect on this topic this week.

Before the judgements begin, it’s important to understand each person’s nutritional needs are different. Stacie mentions that her doctor told her she only needs an additional 200 calories per day, and I’m sure her doctor has her little one’s health as the #1 priority. Based on the article, she certainly eats a variety of healthy food items, but even if she doesn’t, it’s not our place to judge.

This “mom shaming” mentality is something that happens to many of us when we become pregnant or moms, and we all need to rid ourselves of that feeling.  We have no idea how the next mom is feeling at any given time, and as a result, we really shouldn’t be questioning their actions. Of course, there’s the general health no-no’s: smoking, drinking alcohol, etc. but we’re not talking about those here. In fact, for the most part, our mommy judgements happen over the little things, and they’re totally unnecessary.

As a women’s health expert and nutritionist, it’s important to note that everyone’s body starts out in a different place before pregnancy. Stacie is clearly a fitness pro, and had a strong body pre-pregnancy. Therefore, the evolution of her body during pregnancy will be different from many of ours.

In addition, we should never be tempted to compare our pregnancy to anyone else’s. No two people are alike, and that statement is a fact for even siblings within a family! You need to focus on YOU during your pregnancy and what’s best for the little one during the 9-10 months. If you were active pre-pregnancy and you have questions about how to sustain a good routine during pregnancy, please consult a prenatal fitness expert as well as your doctor. It’s always good to have professional and educated options from the RIGHT people.

We have to assume that we’ve all got our little ones and our families in our best interest, and let go of the negative thoughts.

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Anita Mirchandani

Anita Mirchandani

Anita Mirchandani, M.S, R.D, C.D.N received a B.A. from NYU and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. After completing a dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian hospital in 2011, Anita is now a practicing Registered Dietitian. Anita also maintains current certifications in indoor cycling, kickboxing, group exercise, personal training and pre/postnatal exercise specialization. In 2012, Anita co-founded FitMapped, a platform to help users find fitness easily and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Anita represents the New York State Dietetic Association as media spokesperson. Follow @FitNutAnita for interesting updates of fitness and nutrition content.

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