Baby body! Fitness expert Jillian Michaels stopped by Us Weekly Video to tell us how she’s helping moms-to-be have a healthy and fit pregnancy, and what new moms can do to get back into those pre-pregnancy pants. Plus, she gave Us a (really tough!) workout challenge. Get her advice in the video above!
In her new book, Yeah Baby! The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better Than Ever, Michaels, 42, provides tips, workouts and meal plans for women who are expecting.
“I had zero interest in endeavoring into this world until my partner Heidi [Rhoades] became pregnant with our son,” Michaels, who shares 4-year-old son Phoenix with Rhoades, told Us Weekly. “And because I do what I do, I’m capable of recognizing things in the health and wellness world that are bulls--t.”
Michaels, who is also mom of daughter Lukensia, 5, with her fiancée, provides workouts in her book for those trying to conceive. “Get to a healthy body weight and mitigate your level of exercise intensity,” the former Biggest Loser trainer advised.
And for those looking to work out with a baby on board, Michaels advises caution. “When we start getting around to the second trimester … you don’t want to be doing a ton of ballistic or explosive exercises like plyometric or Olympic lifts. You don’t want to be crunching, you don’t want to be rotating,” Michaels said. “This is not a great time to prove a point.”
However, the former NBC star says six months after you give birth is when you should prove your point. According to Michaels, at that time, “You should get back to pre-pregnancy fitness level, be ready to bang it out.”
For more on Michaels’ pregnancy tips and to see her put Us Weekly through a fitness challenge, watch the video above!