Working Out After Having a Baby: My Journey Back to Fitness In the First Year Of Motherhood

Mom fitness in the first year after having a baby

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since baby J entered my life! It may sound like a cliché, but her birth has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. Today I’d like to share what working out after having a baby has been like for me in this past year. Come for the not-always-so-pretty truth, stay for the pictures of baby J … Read the rest of the post

Body Positive Motherhood: How My Views On Body Positivity Have Changed After I Became a Mother

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with my body image over the years. I’ve written about all the ups and downs I’ve had with it before, but I feel like I need to post an update, especially since things have evolved since I became a mother almost 9 months ago. In today’s post I explore why body positive motherhood is important to me. I’ve been following a … Read the rest of the post

Berry-Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe, a.k.a. My Favorite Vegan Pregnancy Smoothie

Vegan pregnancy breakfast smoothie

Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for a vegan breakfast smoothie that’s been a lifesaver for me during the past few weeks of my pregnancy. You certainly don’t have to be pregnant to drink it, but it makes a lot of sense to have it every now and then if/when you’re pregnant because of all the nutrition packed in it. Okay, I’ll admit that it may look … Read the rest of the post

My Vegan Baby Shower: Mission Possible! The Menu, the Recipes, Plus the Food Prep Schedule

A couple weekends ago I hosted my vegan baby shower. At 7.5 months pregnant, it was no easy task, but in the end everything turned out wonderful! Today I’m sharing how I managed to put together a delicious vegan spread for this party that was enjoyed both by vegans and non-vegans, plus the food prep schedule I used to make it all happen. To be honest, the idea of a … Read the rest of the post

Working Out During Pregnancy: Full-Body Workouts for Each Trimester

Working out during pregnancy remains a subject of controversy: it seems like people either believe that it’s important to stay active and maintain strength during these nine months, or that pregnancy requires avoiding physical exertion as much as possible. I lean towards the first group of thinkers as I’m seeing great benefits of staying active into my third trimester: I hardly have any aches or pains, my energy levels are … Read the rest of the post

Working Out and Lifting Weights During Pregnancy: 5 Things to Keep In Mind

When I announced my current pregnancy to my parents back in March, the first thing they said was, ‘You should stop going to the gym now!’ I’m not kidding 🙂 The myth that pregnant women should avoid working out while pregnant runs deep in our society – it’s even deeper in Russia where my parents live. Thankfully, more and more women are witnessing great benefits of staying active for as … Read the rest of the post

Running For Two: 9 Lessons I’ve Learned About Running During Pregnancy

Hi all! I haven’t written much about my personal life lately, so the truth is, a lot of things have changed in the recent few months, and even more are about to change in the nearest future. The biggest change, which I’m finally ready to talk about here on the blog, is the fact that I’m getting ready to become a mommy in October! The road to becoming pregnant has … Read the rest of the post