Pregnancy & Fitness: Finding Your Way (CFC Spotlight Thursdays)

Does this face look familiar? Well if you’ve done any Insanity DVDs you should recognize Tania, the kick-butt powerhouse always killing it in the front row! Tania is not only a fabulous fitness professional, but she’s also a new mom!! You already know what a HUGE Insanity fan I amso I was really excited when Tania agreed to chat with me about her experience staying fit before, during and after her pregnancy. Read on to hear about her experience and learn about how pregnancy and exercise can fit together!

1. Tell us about yourself!

I’m a proud new mommy who recently went from fishnets and stilettos to bibs and burp cloths! I’m a wife. I’m a dancer. I’m a fitness professional. I’m a perfectionist to a fault. I’m dedicated. I’m a control freak who is learning to let go of the “ideals of perfection” and be comfortable with imperfection. I love my new life!

2. Where does your passion for fitness come from?
My passion for fitness stems from my desire to remain healthy and fit and not fall into the same health traps that those in my family have become victim of. I come from a Filipino family where Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are prevalent. It truly disheartens me to see the lack of responsibility and accountability for health by some of my family members.  They have succumbed to medication and insulin rather than heeding preventative measures that could keep them healthy.

3. When you became pregnant with your son, what changes did you notice in your body? How did these changes impact your fitness regimen?

As soon as I learned I was pregnant, it was as if the pounds packed on right before my eyes! My body, unfortunately, gains weight rather quickly. Being pregnant changed my body immediately while most other women do not even appear to be pregnant until the second month.

 

Upon learning that I was pregnant (and jumping for joy!), I knew I had to change my workout routine. The high impact, high intensity training had to be put on hold. I suffered a miscarriage 3 months prior so I was extremely cautious with my pregnancy this time around.

4. I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. After that experience did you exercise during your pregnancy? If so, for how long and what kinds of exercise did you engage in?

I did pre-natal yoga throughout my pregnancy. I also continued to teach dance for the first 7 months. The last two months consisted of long walks.

5. Given your experience/expertise, do you think women should exercise during their pregnancy? Also, what’s your take on women who diet while they’re pregnant?

I believe that moderate exercise is important not only for a woman’s physical being but for her mental health. Every woman must listen to her body and to the advice of her doctor prior to engaging in any sort of exercise while pregnant. Each woman and each pregnancy is different.

On dieting, the “politically correct” part of me would like to say that maintaining a healthy diet and making healthy choices while pregnant are the best ways to go. The “real” part of me realized that for the first time, I could eat whatever I wanted…and believe me, I did! I never over-indulged however I did not place limits on my diet.

Tania’s beautiful son, Benjamin!

6. How did your body change after giving birth to your son? Are there any new fitness challenges that you’ve faced since giving birth?

Oh boy (oh big boy!) did my body change. I gained 60 lbs., weighing in at 185 lbs. (gasp!) on the day I gave birth. My son measured large throughout my entire pregnancy so we were prepared for a big baby. I had to have a c-section due to Benjamin’s size and the health risks imposed with larger babies. My beautiful healthy boy was 9 lbs. 3 oz. at birth!

New fitness challenge…Nursing and working out! Nursing adds a whole new level of difficulty when trying to work out at a high level of intensity.

7. Caring for your baby boy and working out has got to be exhausting! How do you find time & stay motivated to workout and diet?

Honestly speaking, I did not find the time to work out for the first 6 months nor did I want to work out for the first 6 months of postpartum. I’m just now learning how to balance everything and some days are better than others. Seeing the results of diet and exercise and feeling awesome are the things that keep me motivated to stick with this program.

8. What advice do you have for women who are pregnant and want to stay in shape?

First, consult with your physician before starting any fitness routine while pregnant!!! This is a must. I know I sound like your typical “disclaimer” but after suffering a miscarriage, I would highly recommend that all pregnant women be cautious.

Yoga and walking were the best forms of exercise for me while pregnant. These were the only two things that felt good and safe.

9. What advice do you have for those women who have already had their baby and want to lose the “baby weight”?

It’s never too late to start getting healthy and fit!!! Often times women give up because they fall into the trap of feeling like “I’ve had three kids, my body is what it is and it will never change.” The key is to find something you enjoy- whether it’s surfing, dancing, yoga, pilates, or tennis.The important thing to remember is that it’s a lifestyle change rather than going on a diet just to lose weight. If you choose an activity that you enjoy, the probability of sticking with the workout is so much greater.

BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF! I keep reminding myself this every day. I am not accustomed to a “post pregnancy” body and I must keep reminding myself that I just had a baby and my body is beautiful for producing such a miracle.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Most people think that it’s just “easy” for me to get back in shape because I’m a dancer and fitness professional. Little do they know that I have to work just as hard as everyone else, if not harder…I’m almost 40 and I gained 60 lbs!

I thought she had already lost all the baby weight until…

POW!! Hotness Update!!

 

**Are you expecting and worried about the weight you’re gaining while pregnant? Are you a (new) mom and want to lose the baby weight? What myths have you heard about weight gain during pregnancy? Sound off!  -CFC ***

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9 Responses to Pregnancy & Fitness: Finding Your Way (CFC Spotlight Thursdays)

  1. Gina says:

    It has taken me over a year to loose my baby weight that I have gained. It gets easier to loose weight once your baby has become more mobile and on a schedule. For any new mother suffering from post partum issues( depression) like I have. I must say working out is a great a way to feel better. I have lost 20lbs since June under a discreation of a doctor and his diet and exercise regime. Thank you for the article!

  2. ChicFitChef says:

    20lbs?!?! Congratulations Gina! That’s fantastic! You should be incredibly proud of yourself! I’m glad you liked the article! ~CFC

  3. Tameeka says:

    Great article! I stayed in shape during pregnancy by staying on my feet as much as possible and doing Zumba until my 7th month! People used to think it was strange, but it was so much fun and I always modified the moves as needed (plus stayed hydrated). Although many warned that it would be difficult and unrealistic to expect that the weight that took 9 months to gain would be lost quickly, I was very dismayed that I was not part of that special group that lost their baby weight by breastfeeding. Rather, breastfeeding made me ravenous! Add to that a stressful schedule and I found myself eating very badly and not exercising. This summer I’ve been taking things slow, concentrating on getting back on track in terms of healthy habits rather than focusing on numbers on the scale. And it’s working!

  4. susana Martinez says:

    OMG I have been scared of getting pregnant! I was overweight since I was 18 I manage to loose 100 lbs then I got pregnant and gained all the weight again!! of course I did not take care of my self and I was stuck being a single mom… my son is 8 now and I have a new relationship I’ve lost all of the weight again about 3 yrs ago I started excersising again and manange to loose again 100lbs yay me!! lol But I have been scared to get pregnant again. This Helps so much!!! You ROCK TANIA!! Love working out with INSANITY AND WITH YOU!!

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  8. Cassandra says:

    I am in the ‘new baby’ boat- third time through. My newest is not quite 2 months. I only gained 28 lbs with him, but pregnancy changes the body in so many ways beyond adding weight. I was 20 when I had my first baby and the excess plus some came off rather easily- that was a 40 lb gain. My first son made his arrival when I was 23- only 30 lb gain, but I was taking much better care of myself, and again the weight came off. With both of ,them I worked out as soon as I got clearance- 6 weeks post partum and got back into my running routine of 6-10 miles 3-4 days a week, coupled with my bootcamp workouts.This third time I am now 30 and have spent the last 7 weeks pretty much sitting with him as he is an hourly- sometimes 1/2 that, feeder. So glad to have read this- I love Insanity, and of course Tania- what an inspiration!

  9. Emilie says:

    Thank you Tania for your honest answers! Great interview.

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