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Forty Weeks of Fitness!

Chelsea, our pregnancy fitness expert, is a certified personal trainer at Crunch gym in San Francisco, California. She gave birth to her daughter, Madeira Re, in July 2006. Read more

The Beauty of Being Pregnant

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Here are a few tips to help improve your self-image during pregnancy:

  • Exercise regularly. The endorphins released by increasing your heart rate will improve your mood, the increased blood flow will make your skin glow, and the exertion will help keep your muscles toned and strong.

  • Focus on your baby. Remind yourself that all the changes your body is going through are a means to an end: the birth of a healthy baby.

  • Talk or write it out. Talk to your girlfriends, your partner, your family, or a counselor about how you are feeling. Or, write down all your thoughts in a journal. Expressing your emotions one way or another is important.

  • Find at least one thing you like about your body every day. Focus on this one thing for the entire day and accentuate it with clothing, jewelry, makeup, etc.

  • Educate yourself about your pregnancy. Knowing what is happening to your body, and why, will help you feel better about all those changes.

Many women report they never felt better than when they were pregnant. The beauty of pregnancy and childbirth is short-lived but a truly wonderful experience. So love your pregnant body. Take lots of belly photos because even if you don't feel beautiful now; this time will be a cherished memory for the rest of your life!

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