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What’s My Workout: Hannah Thomas

Lifestyle and fashion blogger Hannah Thomas, who is due to have her first child (a boy) on June 5, has one objective in mind during her pregnancy: to keep as healthy as possible, while still having a potato chip or two now and then. Based in Southern California, Thomas, who writes about fashion and lifestyle on her blog Hannah Renee and channels her creative energies into a line of woven wallhangings, is enjoying the pregnancy process—and learning a thing or two along the way. “I’ve really become so much more in tune with my body and mind,” she says. We asked her a few questions about her workouts of choice, what has surprised her the most and the crave-worthiness of breakfast cereal.

Q: What types of workouts or activities did you enjoy before you got pregnant?

A: Prior to becoming pregnant I was really all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I loved going for local hikes near my community and doing full-body workouts using weights and an exercise ball at home. I’m also a big fan of yoga! I love the way it connects my body and mind and leaves me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Q: Now that you are pregnant, how have things changed?

A: Pregnancy has certainly brought on a changing body and a lot of fatigue, making it more difficult to stay motivated to work out! I have stuck to my almost daily hikes on the local trails; I typically go about three miles with my pup. I also have loved doing prenatal yoga from home. I have read some of the benefits of both walking and yoga while pregnant and it has kept me really excited about preparing my body and mind both for delivery and post-baby.

Q: How have you felt during this pregnancy?

A: My pregnancy thus far has been pretty easy! I did experience a bit of morning/all-day nausea through the first trimester, but it was not severe at all. During my first trimester, I was prescribed progesterone supplements, which made me super fatigued for three weeks, too. Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’m feeling really great and trying my best to stay active!

Q: How about food? Any cravings or aversions?

A: My biggest craving thus far has been breakfast cereal! Literally, at any time of the day, I’ll take a big bowl of either Cheerios or Raisin Bran. In the beginning of my pregnancy, I craved orange juice and I couldn’t stand coffee.

Q: What is your pregnancy fitness/wellness philosophy in three words?

A: Just feel good. Meaning eat healthy food, stay hydrated and keep moving so ultimately you still feel your best even as you experience so much change!

Q: What has surprised you the most about being pregnant and staying active?

A: I think the lack of actual motivation! Surprisingly, I didn’t really expect to be so unmotivated to keep active or eat right most days. Sometimes those potato chips just win or the shortness of breath really hinders me. And you know what? Sometimes that is just fine with me. You have to stay relaxed and not be too hard on yourself—but don’t always give yourself that out either!

Q: What have you learned about yourself during this experience?

A: I’ve really become so much more in tune with my body and mind. Being pregnant takes a toll on you emotionally and physically and you have to try to stay true to yourself, let go of perfectionism and give yourself a break. You are growing a human for goodness’ sake!

Q: What are you looking forward to doing the most once the little one arrives?

A: I am so excited for all the snuggles and newborn days! I’m really looking forward to spending the summer with our little boy, taking him to the harbor, wearing him in the wrap while I go for outdoor walks and in general just making memories with him.

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