i♥moms is excited to celebrate and support the month of May as Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM). Take this time to reflect on and honor pregnancy—whether it’s yours (past or present), a friend’s, or a family member’s pregnancy, celebrate! PAM’s mission is to provide new mothers a wealth of knowledge on the four tenets of pregnancy: exercise, nutrition, wellness and nurturing.
Not so long ago, mom’s-to-be everywhere were told not to exercise and were even advised to move as little as possible during pregnancy. Bummer! Today, we know that daily, moderate exercise has shown to reduce discomfort, nausea, boost mood, improve sleep and increase strength and flexibility. It can even reduce your risk of gestational diabetes and regulate your baby’s heart rate.
But let’s face it: when you’re craving bacon, chocolate and ice cream 24/7, dealing with swollen feet and a throbbing back, the last thing on your mind is diet and exercise, right? We want to know what kind of exercise you did during pregnancy and what motivated you?
In honor of Pregnancy Awareness Month and pregnant women everywhere, we’ve found some pretty inspiring mamas:
All smiles Pilates:
Dancing does the trick:
Nunchucks, really? Yep:
What kind of exercise did you do during pregnancy and what motivated you?