Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD Workout

Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD — Now Accepting Pre-Orders

I am now accepting pre-orders* for my “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” DVD! The workout is tough, but I think you’ll really like it! Cole is in the entire video (he made it through 5 hours of filming), and Brandon is in many of the circuits as well. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our banter and the look of pure and utter exhaustion on Brandon’s face.

So — why pre-order? Here’s why: receive FREE shipping and handling and NO tax if you order this week. The DVD is only $14.99. That’s a pretty good deal for a kick-butt workout.

*This promotion is open to US residents only. Please contact me for details on international shipping.

Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD WorkoutAre you hoping to get your pre-baby body back? Do you want to feel fit, healthy, sexy, and confident? Are you unsure of how to develop a 6 pack after baby? Purchase my “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” DVD today.

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Beginning a fitness program shortly after delivering a baby can be intimidating and challenging. However, postpartum workouts will help to shed pregnancy weight, relieve stress, and help a woman bounce back to her pre-pregnancy fitness level quickly after labor and delivery.

Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD

This Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD is perfect for women who are hoping to get their pre-baby body back and do a fabulous workout in the comfort and convenience of their own home. Follow along as Cole, my 11 week old baby boy, and me, demonstrate the modified moves for those who are just starting a workout program postpartum. You can also follow my husband, Brandon, as he displays the advanced moves for husbands or those who are in fabulous shape.

The “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” includes:

  • Warm-up
  • 3 Cardio Circuits
  • Arm circuit
  • Leg circuit
  • Abdominal circuit
  • Cool down

Amanda Tress is a personal trainer specializing in prenatal and postnatal fitness. She maintained two fit pregnancies and bounced back very quickly after each.

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Fit Pregnancy and Parenting ©, 2013 by Amanda J. Tress, All Rights Reserved, Printed in the United States, 2013

Labor Day Sale!

Happy Labor Day! Gotta love this photo bomb by Emma and Cole :)

Happy Labor Day! Gotta love this photo bomb by Emma and Cole 🙂

Happy Labor Day! I am enjoying a wonderful vacation with my family at the beach. We have been doing some hard-core relaxing and enjoying every minute of it. We will be here for 8 full days. Nana and Papa arrived last night as well, which means Brandon and I will get to enjoy some dates without the littles. Cole is two months old, and he is now sleeping 10 hours straight at night. Emma didn’t sleep through the night until she was over 6 months old, so mommy is VERY happy with Cole!

I am feeling so relaxed and generous on vacation, that I want to offer you two great deals!

First, if you haven’t already, you can purchase my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD and receive a reimbursement on shipping and handling fees. I am on vacation until Wednesday, so please understand that there will be a slight delay on the package arriving at your house.

Cole is ready for the pool!

Cole is ready for the pool! Cole is 2 months old and now sleeping 10 hours straight through the night. 

ALSO, I am offering you the chance to register for my online Virtual Boot Camp for only $10 the first week. Try the boot camp and commit to the rest of the 6 week program after the first week of workouts and nutrition accountability.

My current boot campers are doing SO WELL! We will talk via Skype, FaceTime, Google Chat, or phone every week. I will then send a full week workout program that includes 5 workouts and 2 rest days. The workouts are a combo of written workouts and my hyperlinked exercise videos on YouTube. You will also be expected to do daily email or text check-ins with me and log your food on a tool. My clients are successful because they can do the workouts anywhere — at home, at the gym, or at work on their lunch hour. There is truly no room for excuses.

Read more about the Virtual Boot Camp.

The 6 week Boot Camp is $20 per week, payable via cash, check, or PayPal. If you sign up today, you will receive the first week for $10 – that’s a 50% discount!

Please register for the Virtual Boot Camp below. After you register, I will send you an invoice via PayPal. You may pay via PayPal, check, or cash. I will also send you the health forms, waiver and liability forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of Boot Camp. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

get your pre-baby abs back

Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD and 2 Month Postpartum Update

bounced back thanks to my Fit Pregnancy DVD

I have bounced back quickly after continuing my Fit Pregnancy DVD workout.

When I was 26 weeks pregnant with Cole, I filmed my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD. The Fit Pregnancy DVD includes the cardio, arm, butt, legs, and core circuits that I did consistently through my pregnancy. After the DVD was produced, I continued doing the workout until the day I delivered. My goal was to prevent some of the common  aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and stay strong for labor and delivery. If you read my labor and delivery post, you know that I popped Cole out with one push and was feeling great a few days after I delivered. I was able to start leading boot camps at 2 weeks postpartum, and at 2 months postpartum, I feel fabulous.

I had my 6 week postpartum check up this week (a couple of weeks late), and my doctor was very impressed with how quickly I recovered. My abs are already very strong, and I am at my pre-pregnancy level of fitness. My husband even says that he thinks my outer obliques look better now that they did before I got pregnant with Cole! And if the hubs is happy — I’m happy 🙂

Cole is 2 months old!

Cole is 2 months old!

A lot of ladies see me carrying Cole and Emma and ask me how I “bounced back” so quickly. The answer — my Fit Pregnancy DVD! I am now doing the advanced version of the workout (my workout partner, Mallory, demonstrates the advanced moves in the DVD), and it has helped me get right back to my pre-pregnancy size and fitness level.

If you are pregnant and have any questions about my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer them for you. I love hearing from my Instagram or Facebook followers who are doing the workout DVD and staying fit throughout pregnancy. I even have some husbands who are doing it with their wives. It’s so fun to be able to kick people’s butt’s from afar 🙂

BUT, here’s where it gets even more fun! I am getting ready to film a Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD in two weeks. I CANNOT wait! It’s going to be a full-hour workout with insane moves — and it will be sure to whip anyone into shape. The quality will be better, the moves will be better, and Cole will make some guest appearances. Can’t wait until it’s done so I can offer it to you for purchase!

I still can’t believe Cole is 2 months old! He is such a good baby. Cole has been a fairly good sleeper from day 1, and is now waking up once at night for me to feed him. He is probably a little over 12 lbs (up from 7.9 birth weight), and soooo tall. He’s definitely going to be an athlete. Cole loves to smile and watch his big sister, Emma. He also likes to be in the swing.

HipS-sisters Review and Giveaway

Cole was in the hospital with a fever last week. Worst experience of my life. So glad he is healthy now!

Cole was in the hospital with a fever last week. Worst experience of my life. So glad he is healthy now!

I hope your week is going well. My week has been one million times better than last week, so I couldn’t be happier. About every 6 months I have a week where everything breaks or goes wrong, we barely survive it, and then things are smooth for another 6 months. Last week was one of those weeks.

Cole had a fever, so I called the pediatrician to see how much Tylenol to give him, and the next thing I know we are in Dayton Children’s emergency room and Cole is getting a spinal tap. It was absolutely the worst experience of my life. The hospital staff took complete control away from us as parents, and did a slew of things in the name of “standard procedure.” They admitted him and said we would be in the hospital for 48 hours. Emma had a cold, and so did I, so I was positive that he had a cold as well. They tested him for everything possible and confirmed that he had a cold, but did not discharge us (because standard procedure is to keep a baby under 60 days old in the hospital for 48 hours). After 24 hours in the hospital with absolutely no sleep at all, I decided to leave. We signed papers and went home with Cole so he could recover at home with me. Best decision we could have made. A baby should not be in the hospital if he has a cold. He should be home resting with his mom. I still think the whole thing was unbelievable and can’t wait to fill out the survey about how bad of an experience it was.

Enter my giveaway for this HipS-sister!

Enter my giveaway for this HipS-sister!

Last week we were also dealing with some very negative issues surrounding the inspection of our current home. The whole house inspector that our buyers hired (Lewis Messer) came up with 4 pages of ridiculous things wrong with our house. Turned out none of them were legitimate, but I spent all week hiring my own contractors to prove that our house was perfectly fine. He even said that our roof wasn’t made with enough wood, and I had to have 3 roofers come out and inspect the roof to be sure Lewis Messer was incorrect. What a pain! Thankfully, that is all behind us and we are ready to close!

This week has been awesome. Everyone is healthy (knock on wood) and I feeling so much more organized with both my web and personal training clients. I started a Virtual Boot Camp this past Monday, and my clients are doing so well! Stay tuned for another online Virtual Boot Camp starting on Sept 9. Let me know if you’d like more information and to join!

Now onto the fun stuff! I was asked to review a new product called a HipS-sister. It’s a really cool twist on the traditional “fanny pack.” The HipS-sister is comfortable and stylish. There are so many occasions where I want to go on a walk or take my client outside the gym without bringing my purse or gym bag along. The HipS-sister makes it possible to bring a key, credit card, ID, or even granola bar along without having to wear a frumpy fanny pack!

I have a black and a hot pink HipS-sister.

I have a black and a hot pink HipS-sister.

There are several different styles of HipS-sisters. The ]Left-Coast, Global, City, Vegas, SportS, SwimS, etc. View all of the styles on the HipS-sisters website. SO cute!

I have a black and a pink HipS-sister. I think they are super cute! I am excited to have the opportunity to offer you the chance to win a HipS-sister of your own. Simply do the following to enter the giveaway. Post a comment for every action you complete.

  • Follow Fit Pregnancy and Parenting on Instagram (@fitparenting)
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  • Comment on this post and share what one item you are dying to put in your new HipS-sister.

Exercise After Pregnancy: 1 Month Postpartum Update

Cole is 1 month old!

Cole is 1 month old!

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions about exercise after pregnancy. How soon after labor and delivery can you workout? What is an appropriate level of intensity for your first round of exercises after pregnancy. As I have mentioned in previous posts — every woman and situation is unique.

Personally, I was able to start working out intensely and leading boot camps 2.5 weeks after pregnancy. This was actually slightly later than with my first (I was running within two weeks of having my first). I am now 1 month postpartum and back up to my pre-pregnancy level of fitness (leading boot camps, doing sprint workouts, etc). However, keep in mind that I maintained a very intense level of pre-pregnancy and pregnancy fitness, and my doctor cleared me to workout at 2 weeks postpartum.

Here are some items to keep in mind as you start exercising after pregnancy:

  • Every woman and situation is unique. Consult with your doctor to establish a realistic timeframe to start exercising again after pregnancy. For many women, 6 weeks is recommended (especially in the case of a C-section). For those who stay very fit during pregnancy, a shorter amount of time is often OK.
  • When choosing your first exercise after pregnancy, consider what you are capable of and cut it in half. IE: if you think you can run 3 miles, run 1.5 and see how you feel the next day. If you feel great, increase your distance or intensity.
  • If your postpartum bleeding (lochia) increases, that is a signal that you have overdone it. Scale back on your exercise and rest a bit more to let your body heal.
  • Walking is a great activity for your first exercise after pregnancy. It is low impact, but still gets your body moving and can help to relieve the stress that comes from being the mother of a newborn.
Leading Boot Camp at 2.5 weeks Postpartum

Leading Boot Camp at 2.5 weeks Postpartum

Cole is 1 month old! In one sense the time flew, but in another sense, I cannot believe all that we have accomplished in the first month of his life, and I can’t imagine life without my little guy. Last week I put my house up for sale on Sunday (for sale by owner on Zillow), and on Monday I had a showing and an offer. CRAZY! So, now we are looking to either buy or build a new house that is a more appropriate size for our family. It’s very exciting, but also a little stressful. My husband also started a new job last week, so it’s been quite a time of transition for us. We are certainly counting our blessings and excited for the months ahead!

Emma is also turning two later this week. She has been a great big sister and I am excited to celebrate her birthday this weekend.

Postpartum Progress Pics and Sprout Organic Foods Review

1 week postpartum progress picture.

1 week postpartum progress picture.

Cole is 2 weeks old! The past two weeks have been full of snuggling, relaxing, a little bit of working, a good bit of pain, and recovery. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two weeks with my tiny Prince and I am so thankful for a relatively smooth recovery. Last week I still did some work for my web marketing clients, but this week I started back up with my gym clients.

After the episode with the hematoma last Tuesday, I rested to allow my body to heal. By this Tuesday, I was feeling great and headed to the gym to train a few clients. Unfortunately, I pushed it a little too hard and had some set-backs with my recovery (lochia increased again after it had completely stopped). So, for the past 2.5 days, I have been taking it very easy. My doctor cleared me to workout starting today, but I am going to take 3.5 more days off so I have a lot of energy to lead my boot camp on Monday night!

11 days postpartum progress picture.

11 days postpartum progress picture.

I have been very pleased with how quickly my body has bounced back to its pre-pregnancy size (even without exercise and honestly — not the best eating). 3 days after delivery, I was feeling pretty good about how my stomach was already looking. But a week after delivery, an outsider would never have guessed I had been pregnant, and now (2 weeks after delivery) I feel fabulous and am fitting very well into my pre-pregnancy clothes. Many women have asked me how I bounced back so quickly. The answer — I did the workout moves in my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD consistently throughout pregnancy, and it worked to keep me strong, toned, and prevent excess weight gain. Now, 2 weeks after delivery, I am enjoying the benefits of the hard work I put in.

2 weeks postpartum progress picture.

2 weeks postpartum progress picture.

Miss Emma has had a rocky transition welcoming the new baby home, but she is warming up to him. Thankfully, family members and friends have been giving Emma some extra attention and gifts. I even had two brands send me snack foods for Emma and that made her feel very special. She got some Chobani Champion Tubes, and a great company called Sprout sent her yummy organic fruit and veggie crispy chews and fruity yogurt bites.

To say Emma enjoyed the crispy chews is a huge understatement. She was obsessed with them! I often have a hard time getting Emma to eat healthy foods because she has SUCH a sweet tooth. The first thing she says upon waking is the morning is, “Cookie, popcicles?” She is also relatively picky about trying new foods. However, she LOVED the Sprouts fruit and veggie crisps and fruity yogurt bites the very first time she tried them. I brought the snacks with us to the pool and park, and it was so nice to have a healthy snack for her that she enjoyed!

Emma enjoyed the Sprouts toddler snacks the first time she tried them!

Emma enjoyed the Sprouts toddler snacks the first time she tried them!

How do you encourage your toddler to eat healthy snacks? If you haven’t already, I encourage you to try Sprout Organic Foods. I am sure you will love them as much as Emma and I did!

Postpartum Recovery: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Our first outing: Cole's 3 day check-up.

Our first outing: Cole’s 3 day check-up.

First, I hope you have checked out the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated. I am doing a campaign with them and would really appreciate the support. 

Baby Cole is 6 days old today! I am doing my best to soak up every [good] moment and have thoroughly enjoyed bonding with my baby boy. The grandparents came into town for the birth of Cole and stayed for a couple of days after he was born. The hubs is home for 2 whole weeks to help take care of Emma, and it has been incredible to enjoy some family time with just the four of us.

Recovery was going really well for me. I had a relatively uneventful and easy labor and delivery (only had to push through one contraction to pop Cole out). I was feeling better every day and encouraged with my progress as compared to my postpartum recovery after I delivered Emma. In fact (TMI alert), I took it easy for 2 or 3 full days and my postpartum bleeding all but ceased — I faithfully took red raspberry leaf capsules during my third trimester and am still taking them to help decrease bleeding. On the fourth day of Cole’s life, we went to our friend’s pool and had a ton of fun relaxing and swimming. After we swam, I almost felt completely back to normal. And then … I had a major set-back.

Swimming 4 days after delivery

Swimming 4 days after delivery

After we got back from the pool, I took a nap and relaxed with Cole. About an hour later, I started feeling some excruciating pain near my stitches. And by excruciating, I mean I couldn’t walk and could barely sit or lie down comfortably. We had a few visitors in the afternoon and I did my best to put a dent in the pain with some meds. However, the meds barely did a thing. I called my doctor and spoke with a nurse about the increase in pain. She didn’t really take me seriously and scheduled an appointment for Friday (it was Tuesday).

By the time 8 p.m. rolled around I was on the floor and could barely stand the pain. I called the labor and delivery nurses at the hospital I delivered in. They suggested that I might be experiencing a hematoma and recommended that I come to the ER to get it checked out. I had Brandon drive to the ER to see if there was a wait because I knew I absolutely could not sit in the waiting room. There were 8 people waiting, so I stayed home and tried to survive the pain by laying in the bathtub for much of the night.

Spending time with my littles.

Spending time with my littles.

In the morning I called my doctor, and this time they could hear the pain in my voice and took me seriously. They immediately scheduled an appointment for me in an office 20 minutes away from my house (even though the office I normally go to is .5 miles from the house — ugh). We headed over to the doctor’s office right away. When we got there, we found out that the elevators weren’t working (in fact, there was a pregnant lady trapped in the elevator). I had to climb 3 flights of stairs. By the time I got to the top, I could barely stand up straight to check in. They got me back into an exam room. The doctor was about to come in to check me out, and the fire marshals told us we had to evacuate the building because they smelled smoke. So, down 3 flights of stairs I went. 30 minutes later, we were told that all of the appts had been moved to the doctor’s office right next to my house. So, we had to drive back to that office to be seen by the doctor. Ugh!

I am snuggling with Cole as much as possible.

I am snuggling with Cole as much as possible.

I got to the office and sat in the waiting room for an hour to be seen by the doctor that had already been seconds away from examining me earlier that morning in the original doctor’s office. She finally was able to examine me, and confirmed that I have a hematoma (likely from a poor stitching job). A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin near the stitched area. She also confirmed that there was not much I could do about it. Thankfully she gave me a recommendation to use a suppository to help relieve some of the constipation I was experiencing from the pain meds. I got home and the hubs went out to get a suppository. The suppository directions promised results in 15 minutes to an hour. SIX hours later, I had some relief. Talk about uncomfortable. It was the most painful day of my life, but I am feeling soooooo much better now, and I hope I continue to feel better every day!

Today, we had Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin from Lasting Snapshots Photography. It was so fun, and I can’t wait to see how all of the photos turn out! We also went on a 1.5 mile walk. It was uncomfortable, but I don’t think walking is going to make the hematoma any worse. It was great to get out of the house and do something active as a family of four.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot.

I plan to lay low for the rest of the day. I am enjoying cuddling with Cole every chance I get. I was hesitant to hold Emma all of the time after she was born because I thought it would spoil her. With Cole, I want to cuddle him as much as possible and enjoy the newborn stage. He is doing a great job breastfeeding, and we have been getting a good amount of sleep at night. I am crossing my fingers that he continues to do well at night!

I appreciate your kind comments and prayers on my social media pages. Keep me in your thoughts as I continue to recover from the hematoma. It is certainly the worst pain I have experienced, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right? 🙂

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Exercise During Pregnancy: Helps with Labor, Delivery, and Recovery

Exercise during pregnancy helps with labor, delivery, and recovery

My water broke at 1 a.m. and we headed to the hospital.

First, I hope you have checked outthe Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated. I am doing a campaign with them and would really appreciate the support. 

Cole Preston Tress is finally here! Thank you so much for the kind comments and well-wishes on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I was scheduled to be induced on Friday morning, and to my surprise (and excitement), my water broke on Friday morning at 1 a.m. I started getting contractions and headed to the hospital. I got an epidural as soon as I hit 4 cm dilated, and delivered Cole at 12.12 p.m. after pushing for only one contraction. Cole was 7lb, 9 ounces, and 21 inches long!  I had a wonderful team of nurses and was so happy to have my favorite doctor run over from my OB/GYN office to deliver Cole even though he wasn’t on call.

My labor with Cole was smooth, and I attribute much of that to my commitment and ability to maintain a fit pregnancy. Even after I got the epidural, I was able to move my legs with ease, and the nurses were impressed with how energized and strong I was for delivery.

Cole Preston Tress. Born at 12.12 on June 21, 2013. Proud daddy (and my doctor) to the left.

Cole Preston Tress. Born at 12.12 on June 21, 2013. Proud daddy (and my doctor) to the left.

I slept on and off after I got my epidural because I wanted to be well-rested for the grand finale. By the time I was 10 cm dilated, I was very ready to meet my little boy. My doctor ran over from my OB/GYN office complex (only .5 miles from the hospital, which is also only .5 miles from my house — convenient!). I pushed for one contraction and out popped Cole. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, so my doctor cut it off quickly and let Brandon cut the cord.

Cole is absolutely perfect. He is a superstar eater and we enjoyed our first night at home last night. The grandparents came into town to see Cole for his first two days of life, and Emma is just now starting to warm up to her baby brother.

Cole and I relaxing in the hospital.

Cole and I relaxing in the hospital.

I am committed  to taking it easy for at least a week. After I delivered Emma, I pushed too hard, too fast, and I think my recovery was slower as a result (ie: within two days I was taking the dog for a walk, shopping, standing up when visitors came to the house, etc). This time around I am doing my best to rest, stay off my feet, and enjoy every minute of Cole’s first week of life. I already feel much better this time around, and we were even discharged 24 hours earlier than with my first.

I am so thankful for a great labor and delivery experience, and I appreciate your prayers as Cole and I continue to recover and get to know each other this week.

Emma has warmed up to her baby brother after having him home all day today.

Emma has warmed up to her baby brother after having him home all day today.

Become a Fan of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water on Facebook and Share About Mom’s Wisdom Passed Down Through Generations

Visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook page to share the wisdom that your mom or grandmother passed down to you.

Click here to visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook page to share the wisdom that your mom or grandmother passed down to you.

Why is it so important to drink water and stay hydrated? Visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know I LOVE going on vacation. And more specifically, I love going to the beach in Florida. I grew up going to my Nana and Papa’s condo near Indian Rocks Beach FL, which eventually became my parent’s condo, and now the family owns a new condo in the same complex.

Most of the trips that I have been on to the beach and to our condo was with my grandparents, parents, and even my mother-in-law. Over the past two years, Emma, my toddler, has been on 14 flights with me to and from the condo, and thoroughly enjoys being in the pool, on the beach, and at the big park next to the condo.

On every trip that included my Nana, mom, or mother-in-law, I heard the same pieces of advice when we were headed to the beach — 1) Wear sunscreen, and 2) Stay hydrated. I would always reluctantly grab a water bottle and put on sunscreen (in spite of the fact that as a teen, all I wanted to accomplish on vacation was to get a tan). And now that I’m a mom, I’m telling my toddler the exact same thing. We keep sunblock in my car, purse, beach bag, stroller, and always have a water bottle and/or sippy cup. In fact, we have been going on walks to try to get baby boy into position and induce labor naturally, and I don’t go too far without taking a swig of water and giving Emma a swig as well.

Having fun in the sun with Miss Emma on our last Babymoon before Baby Boy arrives

Having fun in the sun with Miss Emma on our last Babymoon before Baby Boy arrives. We were sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated 🙂

Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water is on a mission to help families everywhere enjoy healthy, feel-good lifestyles and encourage them to join the Hydration Movement and drink more water. Hydrating is so important. I routinely take water breaks with my gym clients to be sure they are staying hydrated and I encourage them to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

What wisdom did your mom or grandma share with you that has helped you be more healthy? Visit the Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook page to become a fan to receive more words of wisdom and tips to stay hydrated. Since wisdom is best when shared, share your own story and words of wisdom passed down to you through the Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook wall within the posts with Mom’s Pure Words of Wisdom.

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What to Eat While Pregnant

I am pleased to feature Kishana Sainte as a fit mom guest blogger. Read Kishana’s article on “What to Eat While Pregnant.”

Are you pregnant? If you are expecting a new addition to your family, this is an incredibly exciting time of life. Not only is this a time of change, love and family, but it is also a time for looking after your health and making sure that you are doing what is needed to help your baby be a bundle of joy.

One of the best ways that you can help your baby and yourself stay healthy during the pregnancy is to eat healthy. How? Continue reading to learn more on what to eat while pregnant…

Vegetables and Fruit: when it comes to eating that which the earth has provided for us, consuming plentiful amounts of organic fruits and vegetables is of high importance. A growing mom should eat around five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. You can consume these in various forms including juicing, dried, frozen, canned, or fresh. Although it may take more time to prepare fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables do contain a higher vitamin and nutrient content. Also, juices can be high in sugar content, so if possible, try to always eat the fresh variety when applicable.

Healthy Protein: for ladies that are supporting an unborn fetus, you are burning through your calories like there is no tomorrow. To help keep energy levels high and to give your baby growing power try to consume healthy protein. What does that mean exactly? Consume animal-sourced proteins such as chicken, fish, lean beef, and eggs. If you are vegetarian or vegan, try getting your protein in the form of Quinoa, tofu, beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, nut butter and soy products.

Calcium: Calcium is of high importance for pregnant ladies. To get your daily allotments try consuming foods such as low-fat milk, organic cheese, or Greek yoghurt. For those that live a vegan lifestyle, you can get your calcium in foods such as soybeans, bok choy, broccoli, collards, mustard greens, kale as well as calcium infused soy milk and tofu.

Fiber: Super important for pregnant ladies, as it assists with regular bowel moments, fiber also helps you avoid obesity, constipation and hemorrhoids. To get your fill of fiber try eating foods that are made with whole grains. Other foods that offer fiber include wild rice, whole grain pasta, vegetables and fruit. Try to have at least one meal be focused on fiber, such as a salad for lunch or whole grain toast for breakfast.

About Kishana

Kishana Sainte writes on health and lifestyle, as well as diet and fitness articles on behalf of, a trusted online doctor reviews and medical information website.