Aubrie Mindock

Professional skier, author of "When I Saw Heaven" and "Back Up On Skis," Olympic hopeful

Fit Pregnancy

This is my first pregnancy and I decided that it will be a fit one. My reasons for spending anywhere from 2-4 hours a day in the gym are many.

It is important for women to exercise during pregnancy because not only does it keep her and baby healthy, it helps prevent obesity related diseases such as diabetes. Lets face it ladies, we do pack on the pounds when pregnant and it is important to make sure our weight does not just balloon up. 

I plan on only gaining anywhere from 12-15 pounds, if things go as planned. I am not starving myself. I would never starve myself while pregnant because my baby needs nutrients. However, I am eating a mostly raw, plant based vegan diet. I decided to eat this way for health benefits for my unborn child. I want to give my child all the nutrients it needs. Lets just say that when this pregnancy is over I will probably never want to look at another vegetable again, at least for a while. 

I do find it easy to turn down cookies and ice cream because those things do not benefit my unborn child. Things such as candy and cookies and the goodies are filled with sugar and have absolutely no nutrition so all those unhealthy packaged goodies are on my list of things not to eat.

Kale, broccoli, dates, prunes, spinach, cooked sprouts, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, collard greens, apples, oranges, grapes, other fruits and veggies not mentioned, are all packed with much needed nutrients for my child so that is what I fill up on.

You might be wondering how I can afford to eat veggies and fruits and organic during pregnancy, especially when not working at the moment. Well, the answer is easy. I grow my food and the foods I do not grow I can get from local farmers or from Amazon fresh. I have bought ten organic cucumbers for $10. All my organic veggies are between $.75 and $1.25 per veggie. I have gotten organic broccoli for as cheap as $3 a pound. Compare this to meat at $10-$15 a pound and you save tons of money. 

Some people have gotten upset at me saying that there are fast food restaurants in poor neighborhoods for a reason, because fast food is cheap. Well, hate to break it to you but there are fast food restaurants all over, not just in poor neighborhoods. If you look at McDonalds prices they really are not that cheap. My husband had to buy lunch there the other day because he forgot his at home. He spent $15 on lunch. For $15 you can buy a ton of veggies for the week. If you grow your veggies you are looking at even cheaper costs. 

Anyway, on top of eating healthy I exercise daily, several hours a day. I am getting over some nasty bacterial infections I caught from the kids I use to work with. Yes, unfortunately my doctor told me that I need to leave my job as a nanny because I need to focus on my health. I had a wonderful job and loved it but the kids were always sick and I was catching everything so my doctor highly advised that I leave. 

Now that I am getting better I am exercising anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Because I am still recovering from some nasty illnesses from work I am doing light exercises but I plan on stepping it up when my chest clears up. Labor is not easy. It will never be easy for any woman. Exercise is proven to help shorten labor times and it makes it easier for the woman to push her baby out. Labor is work and a work out so you have to prepare your body physically for the hard work that lies ahead. 

Pregnant ladies out there, I hope that you all have healthy pregnancies and that your children are born into this world perfect and safely. Congrats and enjoy this special time. I hear it goes fast.