I’ve discussed before my fascination with the diet and exercise that we can and should pursue throughout pregnancy to ensure the best health for both us and the unborn child. After all, while you are carrying a child and their development is reliant on the nutrition, oxygen and chemicals in your blood stream, you have a certain amount of responsibility to ensure you give them the best chance.
For some reason lots of people have been posting or writing about their pregnancies including their successes and failures on the diet and exercise front. I’ve linked to a few in recent Friday links posts, but since I’m now becoming overwhelmed with articles and posts on the subject, I’ve collected below some of the most recent ones that have caught my eye.
- Precision Nutrition have produced a pair of articles by John Berardi: the first addresses how to exercise during pregnancy and the second covers what to eat during your pregnancy. I expect that, with time, these articles will become staple cornerstones in the databank of information to turn to when finding out you are pregnant.
- Next up is Sara Cheatham who trains with kettlebells and has recently announced that she is 5 months pregnant. With her initial announcement she wrote about doing pull ups during pregnancy and her general training, including how it has been affected by her pregnancy. She then followed this up with a post about the changes to her diet during pregnancy. In particular, I found it fascinating that her cravings have generally been an extension of her existing diet – she followed a warrior diet before and now finds she’s mostly craving things like salads, milk and fruit.
- Returning, as always to Cassandra Forsythe, with less than a month to go in her own pregnancy. Cassandra highlighted Kristie Moore who was on the Canadian curling team at the winter Olympics and is expecting her first child in May, so she was 6 or 7 months pregnant when competing. If that’s not an inspirational story for pregnant women everywhere, I’m not sure what is!
- Finally, Catherine Phipps wrote an entry for The Guardian blog about why women are advised to avoid undercooked eggs when pregnant, including the trials of managing to do this. There are some useful references in her article.
For all pregnant women reading this, I wish you the best of luck with your pregnancy and hope that you find some of these links and resources useful, supporting or simply inspiring.
Please let me know how your pregnancies go and what useful training and diet things you’ve learned. Especially if it contradicts or strongly supports something here.