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I talk a lot about protein powder for breastfeeding mothers, and recommend protein shakes for weight loss, but are protein powders safe during pregnancy?Β  The short answer is yes and now. The more extensive answer is yes, protein powder is safe during pregnancy if you choose the right protein powder. Not all protein powders are created equal, and many of them are hiding chemicals, fillers and artificial sweeteners that completely outweigh the benefits of the added protein. On the other hand, there are some amazing protein powders that offer additional nutrients, clean ingredients and lots of protein that I consider safe and effective for pregnancy. I’m going to walk through what makes a safe protein powder, and why a protein powder is very beneficial for pregnancy nutrition. What Makes A Protein Powder Safe For Pregnancy? Clean, organic ingredients No artificial sweeteners No chemicals or fillers No allergens like corn, soy…

Yay, you know you are pregnant, but what do you do now? As a mom of three, I have a list of very important things you want to do as soon as you find out you are pregnant. The initial news of pregnancy is so exciting, but it can leave you in a whirl wind of confusing thoughts and slight paralysis on what to do next! I’m going to walk you through 8 simple, yet very important steps to take as soon as you find out your pregnant. These steps will help you stay healthy, stay sane, stay comfortable, and gear up for your brand new baby! If you are here looking for the best aids for nausea, heart burn and constipation, scroll to the second tip and you’ll see the list. Keep scrolling through, and you’ll see I have the foods you need to avoid, what a healthy pregnancy…

Working out during pregnancy is extremely important, and many mamas run out of energy to keep up with their fitness once pregnancy hits. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness specialist, and mama of 3 boys, I KNOW the importance of staying fit during pregnancy, and here are a list of reasons you can read. Working out with a big belly, aches and pains, fatigue and headaches isn’t very appealing, but because it is so beneficial, finding fun ways to stay active and workout is really important. I have some very effective, compound exercises in my program, The Belly-Only Pregnancy, which are awesome home workouts with minimal equipment. The pregnancy workouts I am going to go over here are more fun ideas that involve group classes, online programs, apps and more. Changing up your fitness routine could be the PERFECT step to help you find new energy and enthusiasm for staying fit…

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is avoidable if a pregnant mama takes the right steps to stay healthy, eat the right amount and stay as active as possible. Weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable, and healthy as long as you don’t gain too much weight. With pregnancy brings appetite increase, cravings, aches and pains and difficulties staying active, which is a perfect recipe to gain too much weight during pregnancy. So how do mamas keep track and stop themselves from gaining too much weight? How much weight should a mama gain during pregnancy? As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, and creator of The Belly-Only Pregnancy Program, I am going to give you my 5 top tips to avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy. How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Your health care provider will guide you individually on how much weight you should gain during pregnancy,…

I’ve been able to prevent stretchmarks during three pregnancies so far. Preventing stretch marks during pregnancy takes some special attention and care for yourself, so your skin can slowly stretch as baby grows. I am going to give a full run down on caring for your belly, so you can hopefully prevent as many stretch marks as possible during your pregnancy. Why do we get stretchmarks during pregnancy? Stretchmarks happen during pregnancy because our skin is forced to stretch too far too fast. Because this happens in a way that is difficult for the skin to adjust too, scars form. Basically the skin stretches so much, it can’t repair itself in the process, and a scar forms. The collagen and fibers in the skin tear as it stretches, which is what leaves a mark that you can see. During pregnancy, you are gaining weight and your body is getting bigger.…

Preparing and making freezer meals as a pregnant or new mama is so helpful for postpartum weight loss! As new baby arrives, things get hectic. Life happens, family visits, nights turn into days, and before you know it, you’ve been eating Cheetos and Eggo waffles for a week. Preparing some yummy, healthy freezer meals before baby arrives can really set you up for success in losing the baby weight, as well as keeping up your milk supply. In my program, we focus on nutrition as the main priority in maintaining milk supply, which also has the bi product of helping you lose the baby weight! Focusing on the right foods actually tells your body to use fat to make breast milk! Highly nutritious foods are going to be the best foods to focus on, and creating some freezer meals with these foods will set you up for success! I have…

There are plenty of ways you can successfully prepare for breastfeeding while you are stillΒ  pregnant. If you properly prepare and get ready, then you will be setting you and baby up for success! The liquid gold is so important, so making sure you have your body and mind ready is a big deal. Lots of other mamas suggest breastfeeding baskets, pillows and tanks to purchase in your third trimester, which does help, but where you really want to put your focus is on your health and knowledge. Ensuring you have the proper nutrition before baby arrives and as soon as baby comes will set you up for success. Also educating yourself on all things breastfeeding is going to ensure you have all the necessary information to keep your supply up and KNOW you are doing well. Knowledge is power, even with breastfeeding. Here are 5 things you can do…

One of the fastest ways to lose the baby weight is to start preparing in the third trimester. The third trimester isΒ  super long, and by the time I get there, I am so tired of being big! Even with gaining mostly belly weight, I still get impatient for my body to return to normal. Losing the baby weight can be super difficult, but there are some great little steps you can take in your third trimester to help you get there. I compiled my best 7 tips into a list, to help you as you prepare for baby to come! First, start eating cleaner:Β  I have a free, clean eating challenge developed for breastfeeding mamas, but it is a wonderful decision for mamas in their third trimester too! By cleaning up your diet before baby arrives, you will be one step ahead in making sure you are getting nutrients…

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