After advising countless pregnant clients, Kristin McGee can take her own advice.
The celebrity trainer is expecting her first baby in July, and she is keeping fit to feel healthy through her own pregnancy.
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"Don't be afraid to be a sexy mom," she advises moms-to-be. "Know you can still rock cute outfits that hug your curves. Don't hide in baggy clothes."
Prenatal yoga has helped her, she says, with poses structured to fight the discomforts of pregnancy and highlighting breathing exercises to cut stress. But avoid deep poses like a seated spinal twist, she cautions.
In her first trimester, yoga helped ease her nausea, she says, and in the second she slept more soundly, another perk she attributes to yoga.
McGee gave Metro five tips on keeping healthy during pregnancy. She's certified in yoga and pilates, but even if you don't — or can't — regularly hit the gym, these tips will keep you feeling your best:
1. Keep moving! You may feel tired, nauseated and low on energy throughout your pregnancy, but I promise moving even just in small amounts helps beat fatigue, combat nausea and boost energy.
2. Do some yoga! I've continued my practice, and I swear it's helped me not only feel better physically but also mentally. It's also helped me really bond with my body as it changes and with my baby as he grows.
3. Drink lots and lots of water. This one is hard because the trips to the bathroom become more and more frequent, but it's super important to stay hydrated. Get some naturally flavored waters like Hint or make a big pitcher and add lemons, oranges, cucumbers or berries to it. I drink a lot of caffeine-free teas that are safe during pregnancy and put them on ice as well. Also, coconut water is very hydrating and helpful.
4. Tone with therabands. These are lightweight yet add resistance. You can sit on the floor, legs straight out in front of you, and loop the band around your feet. Hold each end in your hands and do some low rows, high rows, bicep curls, etc.
5. Breathe deeply. Give yourself a few moments each day to connect with your breath and tune into your body.
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