My favourite fit pregnancy tips, by Roz Kelly-Morkel

Roz Kelly Morkel, pregnancy tips
Pregnancy is mind boggling. There is no other way to put it. It’s as though your belly becomes a magnet for crazy people and even crazier advice. Every woman, man and their dog feel the need to give you random wisdom, tell horror stories or discuss bizarre old wives tales. Perhaps all of the experiences were true for them, but you are not them. You are you and that happens to be a beautiful lioness perfectly in tune with your own body. So when people begin rambling about a friend of a friend who (blah blah blah)…. just do as I’ve done so far: smile politely, nod and then do what suits you. (Or perhaps you’d rather unleash those preggy hormones and open a can of whoop-ass to scare them away!?) This also goes for the tips I’m about to impart below. I’ve found them helpful (I’m seven months pregnant right now), but take from it what you want. The more you go with the flow, the more enjoyable your baby-baking experience will be.

4 fit body wisdoms I’ve learned during my pregnancy so far:

Pregnancy is not an illness

It’s beautiful and natural. Unless under doctors orders you to rest up, don’t suddenly turn into a couch potato. If you remain fit and active you have a much greater chance of a smooth pregnancy and birth experience. But listen to your body of course.

Spend more time and energy focusing on your health and wellbeing rather than baby room decor

Your baby doesn’t care what sort of funky decal you stick on the wall, it only needs your love. So instead of running around like a headless chicken sorting out all of those superficial things, get the basics and use your pregnancy as a time to put yourself first and nurture body and mind.

Keep crap to a minimum (food, that is)

It may be hard when cravings hit but try to stick to the old adage of everything in moderation. The more you can nourish yourself and baby the better off you will both be. If you take it easy on sugar, caffeine and artificial food then throughout pregnancy you will feel lighter, have more energy and it’ll be easier for your body to bounce back afterwards. Some studies also say that cutting out refined sugar, gluten and keeping your body free of toxins make the muscles and ligaments around your uterus and pelvis more supple to make birthing easier and reduce chance of tearing. (Which sounds good to any pregnant woman!)

Limber up

This has been the most valuable tip I’ve learned. As you get bigger and bigger it’s best to focus on stretching instead of too much toning and tightening. Pregnancy is a time to be flexible and soft not rigid and tense. There are heaps of strange demands placed on your body so a regular prenatal yoga practice or daily stretching will significantly help ease and aches and pains or water retention.
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Roz Kelly Morkel
Roz Kelly Morkel is a reformed highly-stressed, highly-caffeinated TV reporter reincarnated as a holistic health and wellness coach. In her past life as a full-time sports reporter and host, Roz travelled the globe covering the world’s biggest events such as the London Olympics, Tour de France, Rugby World Cup, Surfing World Tour, international cricket and Commonwealth Games. This earned Roz multiple awards nominations for her tireless coverage and blazing a trail for women in sport. Life was a blur of 3am wake up calls for breakfast programs, huge hours, non-stop travel, intense deadlines and shoving anything available to eat in her mouth while on the run. She lived in the “fight or flight” stressed zone for years. It took adrenal fatigue to bring about a shakeup in priorities and lifestyle change. Now in a blissful new chapter, living between Australia and South Africa, Roz is making health and wellness simple and fun for other busy people. She is also a proud member of the International Green Smoothie Appreciation Society.