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Staying Fit While Pregnant PT 2: GAME TIME

Staying Fit While Pregnant PT 2: GAME TIME
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Yana Ibrahim
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Yana Ibrahim

Yana is a Fitness Coach, Pre/Post Natal Trainer & Yoga instructor in San Francisco. She has a degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Pre & Post Natal Fitness Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor.

With over 10 years of experience in sports and fitness, over 4 years as a Class 2 soccer/football referee in Singapore, Yana brings an abundance of knowledge and real sports experience to her clients. You can inquire about her training or yoga services at www.XodusFitness.com
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One day a friend of mine told me that she didn’t know that you were supposed to workout during pregnancy.

From her experience with the women in her life, they had never stayed fit while pregnant, so it didn’t come natural.

She said that seeing me workout through pregnancy had changed her perspective and that she’s now trying to make fitness a part of her lifestyle to possibly keep it going when she gets pregnant herself.

I still participated in bootcamp myself a few times per week, where my husband Rich coached classes, and I’m allowed to work within my own personal limits.



That’s what I liked most about this group. I’m able to focus on me and not the achievements of others. I’m motivated and encouraged by others around me, but never felt like I was competing.

What’s been great are all the other pregnant mommies who stop and look. In a way, I feel as though I helped plant a seed in the minds of many women who never thought this was possible.

As a matter of fact, another pregnant mom who saw me actually joined the group.

Fit While PregnantI still taught my Yoga classes and I conducted dynamic mobility sessions for Bootcamps on Friday mornings, which gave me a rest while still having a little activity.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. 

It was hard in the beginning especially with the morning sickness and the feelings of tiredness. Some days I had to peel myself off the bed in the mornings.

But I felt MUCH better the days I got up and worked out than on the days that I didn’t. As a matter of fact it continued to challenge me as my baby bump got bigger, BUT I pushed on.

First hand experience with pregnancy is a lot different than being the coach who has helped so many people workout through it.

 A few things that I personally found beneficial from working out throughout my pregnancy include:

• Having more energy and feeling stronger throughout the days.
• A lower risk for gestational diabetes.
• Not gaining as much weight as many other people and managing to stay within the recommended weight set out by my midwife.

For me, being committed to staying fit and having an activity with a group to commit to really kept me active throughout my pregnancy.

On top of that,  working out kept me at a healthy weight and and made me look forward to my Post-Natal journey to bounce back, which I’ll talk about further in my next post.

If you’re ready to get or keep your pregnant body into shape with me, then check out our programs at www.xodusfitness.com

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Yana Ibrahim Yana is a Fitness Coach, Pre/Post Natal Trainer & Yoga instructor in San Francisco. She has a degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Pre & Post Natal Fitness Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor. With over 10 years of experience in sports and fitness, over 4 years as a Class 2 soccer/football referee in Singapore, Yana brings an abundance of knowledge and real sports experience to her clients. You can inquire about her training or yoga services at www.XodusFitness.com