Working Out Postpartum

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I’m almost 6 weeks postpartum and currently on Week 2 of a workout program called BBG (Bikini Body Guide)… it’s totally kicking my butt! Being a dancer pretty much my whole life and being a past fitness instructor and dance team coach, I have always pushed myself to my limit when it comes to working out. Modifying an exercise was never an option but let me just tell you, there is nothing more humbling than working out after you’ve had a baby. Trust me, I’ve been through it 3 times in 3 years. The first few weeks of getting back in the fitness groove is tough!

I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself because my body literally just grew a tiny human being for 9 months. I can’t just expect my body to pick up right where it was before I got pregnant. I was able to lose all of my pregnancy weight both times after giving birth to Scarlett & Landon and I plan to do the same this time around but patience is key, especially when breastfeeding.

BBG is awesome since I’m able to work out at home and whenever I’m able to squeeze in the time, whether it be in the morning or super late at night. Somehow the kids always find me while I’m working out and it makes it harder to focus. TBH, I try to find a million reasons to stop working out but I have to continue to tell myself to keep going even though I end up doing modifying my push-ups on my knees.

If you are a fellow postpartum mama, here are a few things to remember when you’re trying to get back into shape:

1) Modify the exercises that you just can’t do right now: Yes, you want to challenge yourselves but not too much, modify the exercise(s) when needed.
2) Listen to your body: Take breaks when you need them and drink that water to stay hydrated.
3) Push through: You will want to try to find excuses to stop but keep going even if you felt like you modified every single exercise. The fact that you are staying active is important

Some common things that run through my mind when I’m working out are “I can’t do this,” “this is too hard,” “what’s the point since I’m modifying everything,”…Just know that you gotta start somewhere and you’ll always feel better after the workout!

Well, the kids are actually about to nap so I gotta squeeze my workout in NOW! Happy Thursday! xo

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Belly After Baby

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So I’ve been wearing the Belly Bandit Post-Pregnancy Belly Wrap ever since I got it 2 weeks ago and I can’t believe how much my stomach has been shrinking already. Not only does it help keep everything in place, it actually helps with shrinking and firming the post-pregnancy belly! I love wearing it around the house while I chase after the kids and clean. I’m usually a Size XS but I got a Size Small since I obviously just had a baby a few weeks ago lol. With just 2 weeks, I’m already able to close it all the way and I can probably size down to an XS soon.

You’re probably wondering, how does it really work?! Lol. I did too. Here’s how:

  •  Helps shrink your belly, waist and hips
  •  Helps you lose inches faster
  •  Provides support while breast feeding
  •  Recommended by doctors
  •  Accelerates healing
  •  Supports back, legs and core muscles
  •  Helps expedite fluids through your system
  •  Provides comfort for C-section moms
  •  Latex free

I totally recommend this! They even have belly wraps for pregnant mamas! You gotta check Belly Bandit out 🙂

* I am a brand ambassador for Belly Bandit. As always, all opinions are my own. I also get commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.

 

LifeSeasons Supplements

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I got to try natural supplements specifically for the things I mentioned by LifeSeasons. I’ve been using them for a couple weeks now (after I got approval from my OB of course) and I’ve definitely seen and felt a difference!



                                     Energy

Ok, if you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for awhile, you should know by now that I am OBSESSED with coffee. I love the feeling I get after and obviously the taste BUT I hate the crash. My husband and I have been taking this after eating breakfast and it’s amazing that I do get the same feeling I get from coffee but it lasts all day long without the crash. My husband is not much of a coffee drinker so he is just loving these! The two main key ingredients are coffee bean extract and green tea. For more information on the Energy supplements… click here!

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Ladies, you need to get on this! I’ve just been taking these for a couple weeks and my hair, skin and nails have already been looking and feeling healthier. I mean, people could argue that it’s the pregnancy glow but I know my skin and it’s definitely looking smoother and feeling firmer. I even got my husband to take these because why wouldn’t guys want healthier hair, skin and nails too?! I’ve taken Biotin supplements before but I love that this one by LifeSeasons adds other key ingredients… Seriously, I’m obsessed. Click here for more info!

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Rest-ZZZ

This one has been a lifesaver during my last week of work before going on Maternity Leave. By the end of the night, when the kids are finally asleep, my mind starts to go crazy thinking about what I should be doing and what needs to be done the next day. This has helped me relax and eventually doze off into a deep slumber. I was always hesitant to try “sleeping pills” but the fact that the ingredients that LifeSeasons use for the Rest-ZZZ are natural, it’s definitely worry-free. I haven’t used it ever since I’ve been on Maternity Leave but my husband has and he’s been sleeping more like a baby than usual! LOL. For more info, click here!

You guys have to check LifeSeasons out… they offer 28 supplements including the 3 that I’m using. You are bound to find one that you need for yourself! I’m going to need to get the Metabolism one for when I’m cleared to workout and lose all the baby weight 🙂 What’s also great is that if you subscribe, you get 15% off the supplements every time you order PLUS Free Shipping! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram too!

*This post was sponsored by LifeSeasons. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Stay Hydrated

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Okay, it’s been SO hot here in San Diego lately… hello summer!! Staying hydrated is definitely important in general but more importantly when it’s hot AND um, if you’re pregnant. Lol. I’ll be the first one to confess that I don’t drink enough water but ever since I got my new Hydro Flask water bottle (#1 in the picture) and keeping it always near me, I’ve been able to stay super hydrated throughout the day. What’s great about it too is that it keeps your water cold for 24 hours… obsessed!

I also have the bkr water bottle (#3) which I love too but it doesn’t keep your water cold for hours. It’s super cute though right?! Any way, to help you stay hydrated, I’ve shared some other water bottles I’ve been eyeing. That marble one by Swell is next on my list! Which one is your fave?!

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Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant

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When I’m not pregnant, I have no problem living a healthy lifestyle… eating healthy meals, working out on the regular and just making sure I am taking good care of my health and fitness. During my pregnancies though, it’s a whole other story! During the first couple of months, I have no problem watching what I eat but when it comes to the middle of the second trimester and ALL of the third trimester… forget it! I want everything fatty, salty, sweet, and basically everything I would normally feel bad about consuming lol. That makes me so thankful for prenatal vitamins so that I can be reassured knowing that my body and my growing baby are getting the essential nutrients that I may not be providing with my current diet.

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Forté Elements sent me a 30 day supply of their Prenatal+ and I was so excited to check it out. Not only is it packaged in a super cute box but it was already separated in different packets for each day. You know I love convenience and anything to make this mama’s life easier! I am always on the go so I just grab one and throw it in my bag to take to work. I used to purchase any brand of prenatal vitamins (typically the gummy ones) but honestly, after reading the benefits of this particular brand… I was sold. Here’s what Forté Prenatal+ helps with:

  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy by providing nutrients that are essential for the health and wellness of both you and your baby
  • Maternal Nutrition and Baby Health

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What sets them apart from the typical drugstore brands is that they are Pharmaceutical-Grade Quality. They are produced in FDA-compliant manufacturing facilities using pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing practices. Forté Elements is also supported by Medical Science. They are formulated by licensed physicians and based on published clinical research to provide the right blend of vital nutrients.

Sounds so legit right? Well, it is! I’ve been using this for over 2 weeks now and I feel so good knowing that I am providing my body and baby what they need to stay healthy during this pregnancy. Let’s be real… growing a human is tough and can take its toll on a woman so it helps to get the supplements you need from a trusted brand. Believe me, this is my 3rd time lol.

They also sent me some of their anti-nausea supplements and a packet of pregnancy exercises based on what trimester you’re in… so awesome! PLUS a meal plan. I might just have to do separate posts on these two topics so stay tuned! In the mean time, check them out here… they have much more than just prenatal supplements 🙂

*This post was in collaboration with Forté Elements. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Suja Juice

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I’ve been a happy Suja customer for awhile now. Their juices are not only organic and healthy but super delicious as well! So when they personally delivered me a box of of their cold-pressured juices, my face looked like Scarlett’s in that last picture of her on the swing haha! (They’re a local company here in San Diego). And I’m not gonna lie… it’s hard for me to get all my servings of veggies for the day in but their green juices make it easier for me to. If I were to choose just one of their flavors that I’ve tried as my absolute favorite, it would have to be the Green Delight… yum!! Scarlett loves it too! I love knowing that the juices I give her by Suja contain only organic and Non-GMO fruits and veggies.

You should check them out! I usually buy their juices from Costco and Target 🙂

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 11.43.32 PMI posted this picture of my baby bump and favorite suja juice on my Instagram a few months ago when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Landon!

Thanks to Suja for all the juices you gave me xo!

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