Cindy’s Best Preggo Tips Ever!

cindyprego1.  Where you overweight before you got pregnant and are scared of weight gain?
Please don’t worry!  You can do this!  The most important thing if you are in this situation is to not be out of control with your food. Its even more important for you to workout throughout your pregnancy!  This is not to be taken to extreme but eating every 2 to 3 hours, small meals with a mix of complex carbs/lean proteins/good fats and non processed foods; plus drinking at least 70 to 90 ounces of water a day is perfect!  Blood sugar regulation is the key to maintaining your weight but insuring your baby is healthy and avoiding gestational diabetes!  I walked 30 minutes a day with all my pregnancies and lifted light weights to maintain my muscle.  I lost my baby weight fast and felt great throughout all my pregnancies!
2.  Have you gone through miscarriages or medical help to get pregnant with crazy hormonal issues?
I have been there!  Its so hard and being hormonal and makes you feel like you are crazy right?  Well, there are so many women who go through this!  I really felt that keeping my nutrition balanced and at least walking everyday made a huge difference in my emotions and my mental state.  If you go off the deep end and go crazy with sugar and not workout it only makes you feel worse!  I did that too for a few months and snapped out of it because it only made me sick and feel bad about myself!
3.  Are you pregnant and gone through tragedies in your life? 
All I can say is you can’t be the victim!  Overcoming something tramatic in your life is life changing!  It changes who you are!  If you choose not to lay down and die and choose to be the best you can be for your family you will reap the rewards!  Eating right and working out will increase your blood flow, produce endorphins that will improve your mood and energy levels, and make your baby feel happy and loved, not stressed!  I recommend prenatal yoga, meditation, swimming and counseling!
4.  Have you had or having a c-section pregnancy?
Please don’t freak out!  I have had 3 C-sections and I am still as lean as I was before all of my pregnancies!  It will take longer to get your abs back but it is totally possible!  After your doc says you are good, its time to get moving!  Walk, swim, bike anything low impact for at least 30 minutes a day with light weight training!  I recommend getting a qualified trainer to get you started and then you can do it on your own!  Nutrition is key!  Small portions, non processed foods, fiber, lean proteins, complex carbs and water water water is your best friend!!!!!!!!!
5.  Are you an older pregnant woman scared of weight loss after you deliver? 
Listen, I’m not going to lie!  It’s more difficult to lose weight in your 40’s than in your 20’s!   When I had my girls I was 28 and 31!  It was so much easier at that time then it was at 40!  But it is so worth it!  It just takes more dedication and time!  You have to be more strict when you are older for sure!  Consistency and time is the key!  I worked out for an hour a day!  I love interval training the most!  Interval training is the fastest and best way to get back in shape after having a baby!  If you are short on time it’s the best way to maximize time and effort!
6.  Are you just not motivated to workout when you are pregnant?
Listen, we have all been there!  There are days when you are so tired, feel sick and just not motivated because you think it’s pointless!  At this point, you have to think about your baby!  The healthier you are, the healthier your baby is!  Your pre and post natal body depends on how you treat your body when you are pregnant!  I recommend working out in the morning!  Eat a healthy breakfast with a complex carb and a good protein at least a half hour before and then go for it if your doc says you are good to go!  Give yourself one treat a day!  I took a bath everyday at 2pm with a cup of my favorite frozen low fat ice cream and talked to my family and friends!  It was my treat!  For the rest of the day I was really good with eating right, working out and taking care of the rest of my family!  I looked forward to that time everyday and it carried me through my healthy pregnancy!

Gavin has arrived!!


Gavin Mckay Sweeney, born oct 25th, 6 pounds 7 ounces!

Baby Gavin!

Alternate Sources of Protein During Pregnancy

Can’t stomach poultry? Does red meat or fish make you queasy? Cindy’s Baby Bump loves protein-rich dairy, quinoa, legumes, and even some veggies! We’ve got some yummy snack ideas for when you just can’t figure out WHAT to eat! And the recipes posted on Cindy Whitmarsh Fitness are always a terrific resource!

Tips to Help You Survive “Morning Sickness”

Taking the right supplements, taking those supplements at the right time, controlling blood sugar high’s/low’s, and staying hydrated are the keys to reducing “morning sickness”. This is SUCH a common complaint from the Cindy’s Baby Bump fans – you’re not alone! Make sure you check out Cindy Whitmarsh Fitness for great recipes and tips to keep that blood sugar under control!

Seafood Safety During Pregnancy

As always, Cindy’s Baby Bump wants you to have a healthy and safe pregnancy, so when it comes to seafood, keep it moderate and keep it cooked! Of course we want you to ask your own doctor what they think about different types of seafood, but if you’re worried about getting enough Omega oils in your diet, a supplement like the Cindy Whitmarsh Ultra Omega Oil can give you what you need!

Can We Really Avoid Stretch Marks?

You can spend a ridiculous amount of money on pills and creams (some of which shouldn’t be used during pregnancy!), but it’s not about what you put ON your skin, it’s about what you put in your body. Now, stretch marks do have a genetic component, but by nurturing your body from the inside-out will help prevent them. The Ultra Omega Oil offered on Cindy Whitmarsh Fitness will keep your skin moisturized and you’ll notice a definite difference! Stay hydrated, keep weight gain reasonable, get rid of the junk in your diet (NO SODA!), and don’t stress!

Caffeine & Pregnancy – How Much Is Too Much?

Save some money and stop buying those crazy expensive coffee drinks! Would you consider switching to green tea? Get your energy naturally from the healthy foods you eat every day – your baby will thank you for it!

Who needs sleep anyway??????

OMG 3rd Trimester, last few weeks and sleeping is an issue! I wish someone could knock me out before I hit the pillow! Gavin likes to play football around 2am. Thats not fun. Anyone have any sleep advise? The doctor told me WARM MILK!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? PUKE! What else you got? Anyone?

What are Safe and Effective Pregnancy Workouts?

30 minutes of cardio, 5-6 times a week will definitely keep you feeling fit and healthy. Swimming is a-ma-zing, power walking is something you can do anytime and anywhere, using a stationary bike, and low-impact cardio classes are all terrific options. Maintaining (or even increasing) lean muscle mass will keep your metabolism on fire. There are fun workout videos as well as easy-to-use exercise tools like tubes, balls and jump ropes are all available on the Cindy Whitmarsh Fitness web site,