Aubrie Mindock

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

Staying Fit

Pregnancy is a very difficult time. It' a time when your body changes a ton and the weight piles on. These changes are rough to deal with. 

My biggest fear of pregnancy is weight gain. I am in my first trimester, eating a raw, vegan, plant based diet and only drinking water and already I have gained a few pounds. This weight gain is not expected, as many women lose weight in their first trimester. 

Because of my weight gain I have stepped it up in the gym. Before I was pregnant I would do an hour to hour in a half in the gym most days. Sometimes I would stay longer. Now that I have a baby I need to be extra careful not to put tons of pounds on so I am doubling and sometimes trippleing my time in the gym 7 days a week. 

It is important for me to stay fit and really build up my strength and cardio because labor and post partum will not be easy. After the baby I will be forced to take a few weeks off the gym and that means getting out of shape. I want to be in the best shape possible going into post partum so I have a faster recovery. 

My husband and I already have plans to go for runs with the baby in the stroller after I am cleared to exercise again. During baby nap time I'll bring him or her to the gym and get my work out in while baby naps next to me. 

Exercise and staying fit is a part of life. It's an important part of life. If we do not eat right and exercise then we risk becoming obese and getting diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is dangerous and that is why I plan on having a fit pregnancy.