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Fitting in fitness: 3 strategies to ready your body for pregnancy

We caught up with health coach extraordinaire and mama Kimberly Hoye Health and Happiness Connection and asked her to share her tips for finding time to stay healthy. She’s pretty much a genius, and we couldn’t agree more with what she said.


Now is the perfect time

Believe it or not, right now is probably the time in your life–for at least the next several years–when you have the most available, flexible schedule.

Now is actually the perfect time to set a precedence for yourself that taking time to care for yourself and fit in fitness is a non-negotiable for you.

And it’s so good for mom and baby

You probably know that being at a healthy weight before conception and having a regular workout routine can set the stage for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Here are my top 3 tips to fit in fitness—

1. Only do exercise you enjoy

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MAKE IT FUN

If you’ve primarily been exercising in ways that you dread, then you’re always going to find excuses not to do it. On the other hand, if you view exercise as something that is fun and exciting, then you’ll be itching to make excuses in order to fit it in during your day.

GET CREATIVE

If you’re skeptical that you’ll ever be able to view exercise as fun, then you just haven’t found the perfect form of exercise for you just yet.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Try out one of the new or non-traditional ways to fit in some fitness now, and keep trying them out until you find one that you love!

YOU MIGHT TRY:

IF ALL ELSE FAILS

Get outside and take a walk to explore a nearby city or town.

2. Leverage your new family goals for extra motivation

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BECAUSE YOU’LL BE CARRYING BABY

What better reason for wanting to get and keep your body strong and in its best shape than hoping to be able to conceive and carry a baby for 9 months?

AND CHASING AFTER A LITTLE ONE

Besides, you probably also want to be a healthy and active participant in your child’s life once they arrive!

3. Take advantage of being childfree

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EMBRACE YOUR FREEDOM

Once you’re a mom, things become a little more difficult logistically, so take your current carefree lifestyle by the reigns and do all of the fun and crazy fitness things that you’ve always wanted to try!

GO ON A RETREAT

Love the idea of a yoga retreat, or maybe a weekend long leaf-peeping hike in the woods? Try these out now, while you still have one less person to answer to!

When it comes to registering for baby products, there's one word we love: convertible.

In contrast to items you use for a short period of time, convertible (or multi-use) products are made to grow with your baby… and trust us, that makes them worth their weight in gold.

Convertible items allow you to reap the benefits of your baby registry for years to come—and that's just savvy shopping, mama. Also savvy shopping? Creating your baby registry with Target and enjoying their Year of Benefits registry program for expectant parents. Just by starting your registry, you will get a welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. And Target's newest registry perk, the Year of Exclusive Deals, gives you discounts on essentials for your baby's whole first year when you sign up for Target Circle as well.

If you prioritize value and longevity when creating your registry, here are 10 items you'll love from day one through day 1,000… and beyond!


A crib that can grow through childhood + beyond

Simmons Kids Slumbertime Monterey 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

A crib is a necessity as you plan for life with your baby—you know that already. But what about in a couple of years when they need a toddler bed? Or a few years beyond that when they graduate to a bigger bed? Well, you're in luck: With the right attachments, this bed can be the only one they need until college.

$299.99

A cozy blanket for snuggles + security

Plush Velboa Baby Blanket I Love You - Cloud Island\u2122 White/Black

Blankets have earned their spot on millions upon millions of registries for good reason: They function as stroller covers or play mats during the early days, then become beloved security items in the toddler years.

$14.99

A comfy spot for feeding + stories

Baby Relax Addison Swivel Gliding Recliner

During your first months of motherhood, a comfortable gliding chair will be your second home as you spend time feeding and bonding. As your child grows (and mobility makes those snuggles harder to catch), you'll discover a new love for this cozy spot for stories and bedtime snuggles.

$329.99

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Sealy Cozy Rest Extra Firm Crib and Toddler Mattress

Fun fact: A standard crib and toddler bed actually use the same size mattress. That's why it's smart to get a quality crib mattress right out of the gate: One less thing to change up in a few years!

$59.99

A changing table that doubles as a dresser

Simmons\u00ae Kids Monterey 4 Drawer Dresser with change top

If space is at a premium in your baby's nursery, look for a combination changing table and dresser. That way, you can keep using the dresser long after your little one is potty trained.

$319.99

A car seat that converts to a booster

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The safest place for your child is in the backseat of your car, in either a car seat or (later) booster. But instead of buying a new seat for each phase, you can check off multiple boxes at once by adding a convertible car seat to your registry.

$159.99

A stroller that accommodates big kids, too

Graco FastAction Jogger LX Stroller

The need for a good stroller doesn't end when your little one learns to walk, so look for a stroller that can accommodate bigger kids, too. We recommend a jogging stroller that allows you to attach an infant car seat and is still perfectly spacious for toddlers.

$146.99

A place to dine for years to come

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

From first bites to family dinners around the table, one single high chair can be the solution you need. That is, if you look for a version that adapts into a booster seat when your child is ready for a plate at the table.

$99.99

A white noise machine + alarm clock in one

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

After spending months listening to ambient noise in the womb, white noise remains incredibly comforting for your child. It's nice to have a sound machine that can transition to a time-to-rise clock down the line. By cueing with sounds and colors, these clocks reinforce healthy sleep habits.

$59.99

A baby carrier that can haul a toddler, too

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

A carrier is a major help when your baby loves being held, but you need use of your hands. But even months or years down the line, you can still get use out of that carrier. To maximize longevity, look for one that can be used with your child facing outward or even carried on your back as they grow.

$29.99

Enjoy building your registry with Target, mama! The Year of Benefits is calling your name with a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more! 😉

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