Women's Wednesday - Book Review: Fit & Healthy Pregnancy

There are a lot of books on the market about how to stay in shape or get back into shape when having a baby. And having gone through it three times I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s not all unicorns and hearts and flowers. It can be tough to not only maintain your fitness when pregnant but to also find the time and the energy after the baby comes. But ‘Fit & Healthy Pregnancy’ gives us some tools and a road map to make it a bit easier.

The author Kristina Pinto walks you through from the very beginning. From trying to conceive all the way to getting your fitness back after baby comes home. A nice bonus is that the book is complimented with medical tips and information from Dr. Rachel Kramer. Both women are moms and athletes so they know of what they speak. I feel like the book does a good job of incorporating health advice from the doctor while reducing fears about exercising while pregnant.

The very first thing every woman should do especially if you train hard or compete regularly is to consult your physician in the first trimester to discuss your training plans. My discussion would have gone something like this: “So doc, do you think I should have the large or the extra large bowl of cereal at 10 O’clock at night and should I take three or four naps a day?” My point being that every woman is different. But one thing is clear pregnancy is not the time to get faster, lose weight or hit fitness milestones. But if you want to still run or swim or bike or do yoga you can. With caution and guidance.

‘Fit & Healthy Pregnancy’ is a great book for the woman who wants to exercise when pregnant, who wants advice on nutrition, tips for preparing for labor and delivery and to top it off if they want some sage words of wisdom about workout-family balance. The book is not about being a certain size of clothing or looking a certain way. It’s about fitness and health and balance. I would say that it’s tricky after the baby comes. Maybe not for some women but for myself and many women I know it was tough after the first baby. You’re tired and if breast feeding you have full and sometimes leaky boobs. The world doesn’t stop because you’ve had a baby. Laundry still needs to be done and if you have other kids they need food and attention too.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Even though endurance training prepares us to push through pain and probably helped you get through labor, let your maternal instincts take care of your health as much as your baby’s.”
This is a great book. I vacillated between “I should have done that” to “There’s no way I could’ve done that.” But there’s room for all of us in the book; for the everyday athlete like myself to the woman who is paid to race. You’ll find it all in ‘Fit & Healthy Pregnancy’.

Fit & Healthy Pregnancy by Kristina Pinto with Rachel Kramer, MD
VeloPress www.velopress.com/pregnancy

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