Yes, You Can Workout While You're Pregnant. Aubrey Miles Tells Us How!
Remember when actress Aubrey Miles broke the news about being pregnant? The stunning mom-to-be is almost at the end of her pregnancy journey now, and boy does she look more amazing than ever!
We caught up with Aubrey to pick her brain about breaking pregnancy myths, and getting to be the best version of yourself no matter what stage of life you're in. If there's anyone to look up to, we're pretty sure it's Aubrey—her no-nonsense approach to health, fitness, and motherhood is refreshing in a world where so many limits are being put on women. Here, she proves that you can make your own rules, and inspire others while you're at it. Read on for more nuggest of wisdom from miss Miles herself...
Metro.Style: Can you describe your health and fitness program during your pregnancy?
Aubrey Miles: I started working out when I was a teenager. My body is used to being active. Prenatal workout is not new to me because I also did it with my other two pregnancies. I do more functional workouts now. A functional workout program is designed to help people with their everyday lifestyle—i.e. going up and down the stairs, walking, going to work, etc. I used to go to the gym every day but now I prefer doing it at home.
MS: What workouts can pregnant women do? What should they avoid?
AM: First, if their doctor says it’s fine to workout, then go ahead. For me, prenatal workout is for you not to lose weight or even gain muscles. Working out during pregnancy is to keep your body awake, maintaining a strong physique, and having energy while gaining pregnancy weight. It will also benefit you during labor. It's also a big help for when you decide to do postnatal workout.
If there's one thing to avoid, it's to never restrict your breathing because you’re sharing oxygen with the baby. Heavy lifting is not good especially on your third trimester unless youre strong enough and your body is used to it.
Yay looks easy but challenging Leg workout ?? 10rep 3sets as usual. I feel heavier today?? but I’m doing my best. Workout before we fly to seattle. I’m telling you, I’m passionate about working out but when you have a Baby bump and carrying it for almost a year?? It’s not a joke. Dito na talaga lalabas yung Love and discipline mo kung ano man ang gusto mong gawin. The things you do because you Love doing it kasi nakaka happy ?? #amilesphatpregnant #amilesworkout #fitpregnancy
MS: Tell us about your diet during your pregnancy. How different is it from when you were not pregnant yet?
AM: I still eat the same but more of my favorites like veggies and fruits. I only drink water. I don’t drink artificial juices or any packed juices. I prefer homemade fruit shakes with no sugar. I eat brown rice, and I haven’t eaten white rice for 5 years now. I Like natural vitamins, the ones you get from fruits or vegetables, but apart from that, now I have to take prenatal supplements just to make sure I get enough for the baby. I still prefer natural vitamins though.
I used to cook when I lived in california but when i started showbiz here and getting help why sweat it. Anyway today I’ve decided to try and touch that stove again ?? Nothing major. Let me start with my favorite steamed vegetables?? Yes with bagoong na isda and calamansi. I think I’m gonna start to explore my funny cooking skills again hahaha ???? #amilessaladday #amilesphatcooking
I’m not on a specific diet now. So far I think I’m doing good with my food and liquid intake while in my 2nd trimester. I still eat my normal food, but I added more veggies and fruits. I decided to load up with juices for times when I feel hungry and I don’t need to eat because I just ate hahahha. So these juices helps a lot. Plus @detoxifybar new activated charcoal ultra detox that helps me for any morning sickness and puts me in a good mood too ?? Less bloating pa???? #amilesphatpregnant
MS: What are your top 3 best fitness tips for pregnant women?
AM: If you have the go signal from your doctors to workout, then these are my top 3:
1. Get a professional help from a trainer, or do a workout that you know you can do until your third trimester.
2. I focus on healthy eating a little bit more than working out.
3. Make sure you get enough rest/sleep before working out. Rest is also part of our fitness.
MS: Give some misconceptions about working out while pregnant.
AM: Most people think it’s dangerous. Or they think that there is no need to workout while pregnant because you’re going to gain weight anyway, so why do it or make an effort to lose weight? For me, its not even about losing weight—it’s better to stay healthy and stay active in your own way during pregnancy. Some would say it’s dangerous or not good for the baby. I say we have to ask our doctors if we're capable of doing any activity or anything at all. Every pregnancy is different. We can’t compare. Even with my two previous pregnancies, they were both different. When you’re pregnant, you actually to be your healthiest for the new human being you're carrying inside of you. So this is the best time to make better choices in general!
Different strokes for different folks. Learn to see people & the world from a different prespective. Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know. Believes the things you believe even act the way you would act. Just Remember we’re all different. I do what I do because this makes me happy. Never Compare. Always believe in what you can do. Individuality is so much fun??Happy weekend ????. . Photo @niceprintphoto Studio and set design @theconceptroomstudio styling @wearestylediaries Make up @makeupbychusalud #amilesphatpregnant #3rdtrimester #pregnancyzone #pregnancy #fitpregnancy
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