You guys know that I spent most of 2016 pregnant with my third daughter, Scarlett. While this blog is about healthy living generally, I’ve taken quite a bit of time to write specifically about how to have a healthy pregnancy. I believe that you can (and should!) feel fit, happy, beautiful, and strong all 9 months long. 🙂
I’ve put all my pregnancy posts right here in one place as your ultimate guide on how to have a healthy pregnancy. You’ll find everything from how to gain only needed pregnancy weight week by week to finding cheap maternity clothes to reviews to help you find the perfect pregnancy workout DVD (or 2, or 3, or 6!) to keep you in strong over the coming months. Enjoy!
Pregnancy Nutrition, Weight Gain, Fashion & More
- 7 Tips for Surviving Morning Sickness. Here are 7 things that helped me survive my pukey first trimester.
- How to Look Good While Pregnant. Because who doesn’t want THAT secret? 🙂
- Building a Maternity Wardrobe on a Budget. I didn’t have a million bucks to spend on maternity clothes, but I was able to build a cute wardrobe for two using a few simple tricks. Read up on how you can do the same.
- Eating for Two Defined. What and how much should you eat during pregnancy? Here’s my nutritional strategy, which kept me feeling good and gaining a healthy amount as my pregnancy progressed.
- Pregnancy Weight Gain 101 (coming soon!)
- Cheap & Easy DIY Nursery Projects
- Where to Get Cute Maternity Workout Clothes. I’ve loved having cute outfits to exercise in this pregnancy! Here’s where I found the best stuff that looked and felt great from my first trimester to my third.
- Irritable Uterus. Having what you think are contractions around the clock? You, my friend, might have an irritable uterus. Read on for my experience with this and to hear me whine a little. 😉
Exercise During Pregnancy
- Cardio During Pregnancy. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t get in great cardio workouts during pregnancy. Yes, you’re probably going to need to modify your old routine. But can still get your heart pumping and stay fit while pregnant? Absolutely.
- The 6 Best Pregnancy Workout DVDs. I tried a LOT of them, and these are the keepers! Don’t waste your time and money sifting through all the options on Amazon. I’ve done it for you.
Just a heads up: These review pages and a few others on my blog contain affiliate links. That means if you click on a link on one of my posts that takes you to another site where you buy a product I recommend, I get a small commission. I take that as a huge virtual high-five and thank you from my readers! So, if you like something I recommend enough to buy it, it would make my day if you used my link to make your purchase. But I hope you know that I have a staunch policy of ONLY including affiliate links for products that I actually own and think are incredible, as well as only linking to the best price I can find for any given product. 🙂
- The 6 Worst Pregnancy Workout DVDs. Not all pregnancy workout DVDs are created equal. These are the hokey, awful, insultingly easy prenatal workout DVDs to SKIP. Haha.
Pregnancy Workout DVD Reviews
I’ve done in-depth reviews of all the pregnancy workout DVDs I use. Rotating through these along with regular pregnancy cardio workouts was the #1 factor in my gaining healthy pregnancy weight but not execess fat and feeling awesome even through my third trimester.
Each review gives you a detailed breakdown including what muscles get worked, how many calories you’ll likely burn, and a link to the best available price for the DVD. You’re welcome. 🙂
- Erica Ziel’s Prenatal Sculpt DVD Review
- Fit + Sleek Prenatal Physique with Leah Sarago DVD Review
- 10-Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates DVD Review
- Suzanne Bowen’s Long & Lean Prenatal Workout DVD Review
- Suzanne Bowen’s BarreAmped Prenatal Workout DVD Review
- Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout DVD Review
Pregnancy Workout Calendar
I created a rotation of the best prenatal workout DVDs for myself in a spreadsheet back at the start of my pregnancy. I’ve been loving it so much that I designed a cute printable version of it that you can print for free! Click here for the downloadable PDF.
I also created a Beginner calendar that involves the same DVDs and the same cardio/upper body toning/lower body toning format. But while the original calendar calls for about 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week, the beginner has you doing 20 to 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. Here’s the PDF of the beginner calendar.