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For Vicky Sim, when she became pregnant last year it wasn’t even a question that she would stop working out.
And now, eight months later, the fitness trainer from Melbourne is still exercising each day. She even said it helped with her nausea during her first trimester.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the popular social media influencer revealed how she has managed to have a ‘fit pregnancy’.
She also explained why and how every expectant woman should be getting sweaty on a daily basis.
Even though she is eight months pregnant, Melbourne-based trainer, Vicky Sim (pictured), has continued to work out
Vicky Sim (pictured) spoke to FEMAIL about her ‘fit pregnancy’ and explained that all expectant mothers should be getting sweaty on a daily basis
According to Ms Sim – who owns a boxing gym with her partner in Melbourne – exercise is key to keeping healthy while pregnant.
She trains for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and also factors in a one hour walk once a week.
‘The reality is that sometimes you might not feel up to exercising, pregnant or not, but you need to push through those days and not give up,’ she said.
‘You will always feel better after some form of exercise.’
Ms Sim is a huge fan of boxing – which she still does at eight months pregnant. She also likes body weight training.
‘I mix it up using kettle bells, weights, medicine balls, body weight exercises and machines,’ she said.
‘Exercise has always been my go to, I just love how it makes me feel.’
While she has been pregnant, Ms Sim has trained for 30 minutes a day five days a week, and also factors in a one hour walk once a week
She is a huge fan of boxing (pictured), as well as body weight training and said that in her first trimester, working out actually helped with the nausea
VICKY SIM’S FIT PREGNANCY TIPS
* Move your body for half an hour every day – even if this means just walking to the grocery store instead of driving.
* Exercise first thing or when you have the most energy throughout the day. You’re most likely to exercise in the morning prior to your day beginning.
* Plan out your meals for the week and try to ensure they are healthy meals which are rich in nutrients.
* Fill your pantry and fridge with healthy food and snacks. If you fill your fridge with junk food, then that’s what you’ll eat when hungry.
* Do something fun once a week, a happy mind is important.
* Rest for one hour every day – just put your feet up, relax and unwind. Balance is key.
* Don’t give up on yourself. Your wellbeing is important.
* Remember that everyone’s experience is different and everyone’s pregnancy is different.
With regard to her diet and how it has changed since she became pregnant, Ms Sim said that previously she mainly ate ‘clean, whole and as much as possible, raw food’.
‘The first trimester was a huge shock, as suddenly I hated coffee, I hated salads – I hated most of the foods I used to eat,’ she said.
Instead, Ms Sim started craving ‘crackers, bread, pasta and fruit’.
‘Every morning I wanted a toasted sandwich, so that’s what I had,’ she added.
By the time the trainer got to her second and third trimester, her eating patterns evened out:
‘This is the most important time to be healthy, getting all the right vitamins and nutrients to feed your baby,’ she advised.
Ms Sim was quick to squash the ‘eating for two’ belief, by telling FEMAIL that ‘in fact your calorie intake should only increase by approximately 300 calories a day’.
‘The recommended weight gain on average is 1-2 kilograms in the first trimester, and then 400 grams per week in the second and third. This ends up at about 11-16 kilos, she said.
Ms Sim was quick to squash the ‘eating for two’ belief, by telling FEMAIL that ‘in fact your calorie intake should only increase by approximately 300 calories a day’
The trainer’s advice was to ‘listen to your own body’ when it comes to working out while pregnant as no two people will have the same experience
Last but not least, Ms Sim’s advice was to ‘listen to your own body’ when you work out while pregnant.
‘There is so much you get told about what pregnancy is like. You get really sick, you put on so much weight, you get cravings, you can’t stop eating, you’re super tired, you can’t exercise, you get stretchmarks – it’s just so negative,’ she said.
‘Everybody is different and everyone’s pregnancy is different,’ Ms Sim added.
‘I’m a strong believer that if you have a healthy mind, healthy body and healthy attitude, you give yourself the best chance of having a more positive pregnancy.
‘I hope I’m the prime example of that.’
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