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Fitness Model Mom’s Viral Photo Shows That Mothers Can Be Pregnant And Fit

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Sophie Guidolin compares her 2008 pregnancy to her twin pregnancy in 2015. @sophie_guidolin / Sophie Guidolin / Instagram

You may remember the outrage over CrossFit Mom and Fit Mom, among other expectant or postpartum mothers who were on intense exercise, diet, and even weightlifting plans. While it may be concerning at first to see a pregnant woman with a big belly lifting heavy weights, it turns out that there are healthy and safe ways to do it — and perhaps 27-year-old Sophie Guidolin, another weightlifting pregnant mom, is a good example.

In an Instagram post she recently shared from last year, Guidolin explains two side-by-side pictures that compare her single pregnancy in 2008 to her current, fit pregnancy with twins. The difference is pretty remarkable; while she looks leaner and has less of the “pregnant glow,” her muscles and strength are also more visible in her second photo.

 

Today someone commented on this photo that I posted last year and it truly reminded me how blessed I am to have been able to experience a fit, active & healthy pregnancy vs my first two pregnancies. Both photos are the same gestation of weeks. _The photo on the left is ONE baby, the photo on the right is with the TWINS.  How crazy is that for a comparison?!? I love a big baby bump as much as the next person, however how I felt is the crazy comparison for me (I wish we could step into others shoes for 5 minutes to really appreciate the 'feels' __) in the first photo my nutrition was so so poor and my recovery was really long. With the twins, my nutrition knowledge was so much better so I knew how to nourish my body (and babies!) to assist with pregnancy and my bodies recovery postpartum. _ so crazy for me to compare! _ So incredibly blessed to have 4 beautiful children _ I'm having a flash sale on my recipe books 25% off- link is in my bio _____ #wholefoods #changeyourlife #blessed #gratitude #appreciation

A photo posted by Snapchat __ SOPHIE GUIDOLIN (@sophie_guidolin) on Apr 21, 2016 at 12:21am PDT

Guidolin’s “fit” photo on the right is from 2015, and both her twins were born healthy. Both of the photos were taken at six months. And Guidolin certainly is prepared to answer the naysayers who tear at her for endangering her child, because if weightlifting and workouts are done properly with the guidance of trained medical staff, they can actually benefit both mother and child.

“A lot of people express concern over women exercising in pregnancy and I 110 percent understand why,” she wrote on Facebook. “There are so many myths, old wives tales and opinions out there… In my opinion, listen to no one except your qualified and trusted medical staff… Each pregnancy is different & exercises that I or anyone else may be doing may not be safe for your body to perform.” It also helps that her husband is a dietitian and personal trainer who helps her stay within her obstetrician’s guidelines.

Research has shown that exercising during pregnancy — in safe, guided ways — is beneficial for both the mother and baby. It helps to protect against excess weight gain, and even lower pelvic girdle pains during the end of term. Plenty of women have done yoga, weightlifting, and even gymnastics safely while pregnant.

Today, the mother of four continues to post about her workouts, diet, and meal prep, hoping to encourage other mothers to do the same. “I wanted those mums out there to know that it IS possible,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “You can make a change even after kids, or whilst you’re pregnant. Being healthy, fit, and active is an everyday decision.” Perhaps the most valuable piece of advice Guidolin offers is that she doesn’t have time to exercise — she makes it.

 

_ I was asked recently why I choose to share my pregnancy journey and beyond. My response? I wanted those mums out there to know that it IS possible. You can make a change even after kids, or whilst you're pregnant. Being healthy, fit and active is an everyday decision. I could easily choose to get takeaway, not exercise or eat foods that leave me feeling pretty crappy- but I know that by making the time to do things that make me feel good inside that in the long run I will feel so much better for it. I choose to MAKE TIME to exercise (I don't 'have time'- I make it) I choose to eat foods that make me FEEL good. It comes down to CHOICE. What's yours? _ #makepositivechoices _ Bikini @buziosbikinis in pineapple kind of day _ I should probably add in before someone points them out, that yes, they're stretchmarks - surprisingly NOT from my twin pregnancy lol go figure! __

A photo posted by Snapchat __ SOPHIE GUIDOLIN (@sophie_guidolin) on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:02am PDT

 

...and we are in Adelaide! (For the night!) __ our little travellers were amazing again! #blessed #twins #adventures

A photo posted by Snapchat __ SOPHIE GUIDOLIN (@sophie_guidolin) on Apr 5, 2016 at 6:55pm PDT

 

❤️Motivation Monday❤️ "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard" #thoughts #startyourweekright _ My FREE core program is a complete exercise program, 100% free- no catches. Sign up on my website to receive yours now. www.sophieguidolin.com.au _

A photo posted by Snapchat __ SOPHIE GUIDOLIN (@sophie_guidolin) on Apr 24, 2016 at 1:31pm PDT

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