Since announcing her second pregnancy, Snooki has been extremely communicative about the joys and challenges she's faced so far. She's also getting real about what she wants to do differently this time around, and chief among her plans is to "stay active and keep working out."
Not only because the mom to 19-month-old Lorenzo says she's "getting married soon after" giving birth to baby #2, but because, as she explains in her latest Celebuzz blog post, her "lifestyle right now is very healthy." She wants to keep that up, vowing, "I am going to be working out safely."
Good for her! It's disconcerting just how many myths abound about what pregnant women can and cannot do to work on their fitness -- from exercising while pregnant pulling nutrients from your baby to running being unsafe. Especially when the idea that dialing down your activity level for the sake of your little one is antiquated and misguided.
The truth is that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology believes "exercising at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week can benefit your health during pregnancy." They say it can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling, prevent/treat gestational diabetes, increase energy, improve mood, improve posture, promote muscle tone/strength/endurance, help you sleep better (a biggie for expectant moms who struggle with dreaded insomnia!), etc.
As if that wasn't enough, the ACOG notes that, "Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor. This will make it easier for you to get back in shape after the baby is born."
Those two reasons alone seem as though they would be incentive enough for many moms to hit up the gym or keep up those Zumba classes, surf, run a 5K, etc.! And it only goes to show that Snooki's goal of staying active through her pregnancy is not only admirable and safe, but in her own and her baby's best interest.
Did you change or continue your fitness routine while you were pregnant?
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