The truth is...
at almost 30 weeks pregnant with my second child I'm finally happy with my mommy body.
Where it is now and where it will be when I'm done having kids.
Sure; I've got dry skin, oily hair, bleeding gums, the "pregnancy mask," tailbone pain, cracked heels, and faded stretch marks but my body has bounced back from pregnancy once before so I have no shame in these 'scars.' I know what it's capable of and I've seen the progress.
4 weeks vs 30 weeks pregnant
You don't have to be an athlete, or a rocket scientist to know that eating well and walking daily can help your mind, body, and labor. In my first trimester, due to nausea, I focused on staying hydrated, drinking Shakeology to help with blood sugars and nausea, eating well, and doing slightly modified versions of Beachbody workouts like T25 and Turbofire.
In my second trimester, I had adequate amounts of energy and was able to complete a 5k at 6 months pregnant. While not for everyone, it was something I wanted to prove to myself. That with training and dedication to modified exercises I could still maintain the strength to finish. That being pregnant is not a weight loss crutch, rather a tool to challenge our bodies to its limits.
Now, in my third trimester, things have slowed down again (not just my energy). I'm focusing less on cardio based programs and more on strength, stability, balance, and flexibility.
Things to prepare me for labor and delivery.
Instead of doing programs like T25, Turbofire, or 21-day fix (which can focus on calorie deficits). I'm doing a combination of yoga, pilates, PiYo, walking, clean eating, and free weights.
I'll be completing my 30-day arm challenge in a little over a week and moving onto the next 50+ days of PiYo. Perfect timing until little man arrives.
So you see, the beautiful truth is...whether your just beginning or in the middle of transforming your skin, love every milestone you reach. You're worth it.