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July 24th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Pregnancy Fitness


It’s important for both you and your baby to stay fit and healthy while you’re pregnant, but your growing belly and dietary and exercise restrictions will likely prevent you from sticking to your typical routines. The right exercises can actually prevent or lessen common pregnancy discomforts, such as backache and fatigue. Here are some pregnancy exercises that will help you feel your best during this special time! Remember to drink a lot of water, and not push yourself or your body too hard.

Keep in mind, you should always consult your doctor before you start any type of exercise during pregnancy.


The best part about swimming is you’re not burdened by any weight gain, no matter what trimester you’re in. This gentle exercise can relieve swollen ankles and back pain. Stick to easy, fluid movements… no butterfly stroke!


Prenatal yoga is hot right now. Many studios offer classes and there are a number of DVDs available for you to use at home. It’s the perfect way to help you relax your tense muscles and mind. Avoid any type of hot yoga and use your best judgment, avoiding any moves that don’t feel right or seem too aggressive.


An easy and convenient exercise for pregnant women. This is something most people can do throughout their pregnancy, even up to the day of labor!

Kegal Exercises

This “invisible” exercise will strengthen the muscles that help you during labor and delivery.

Light Strength Training

Light weightlifting workouts, modified for pregnancy, can be an excellent way to keep your “problem areas” at bay while your bump grows. Avoid heavy weights, lying flat on your back, and overdoing it. Check out for some great exercise demonstrations and instructions.

What type of pregnancy fitness do you engage in?


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June 10th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Keeping your Child Safe Around Water

One of my family’s favorite things to do in the warm weather is to head to the local pool 0r spend time in the backyard on our water slide. Remember that water safety should be your #1 priority. I wanted to share a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Always remember that your children should have your undivided attention when they are in and around water.
  • Infants and toddlers should always be only an arm’s reach to provide active supervision.
  • Dress your children in bright colored swimwear so you can find them at all times and to help lifeguards spot them.
  • Don’t depend on floaties, inflatable rings or blowup items as flotation devices. These often provide a false sense of security. If you use devices like the one in this picture, make sure to have your eyes and hands on your child at all time.
  • Learn CPR. Check with your local hospital, fire department or the American Red Cross for classes.

Stay safe when you are around water!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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April 15th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Are you fashionably ready for Spring Sports?

Spring sports have begun in my household!

You know what that means, right? Every Saturday from 8-2PM we’re rushing around from field to field. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night we’re in practice. And every Wednesday and Friday afternoon we’re on the pool deck.

Yup, my spring is going to be packed. Jam packed… and I love it! LOVE. IT.

So the question now is… what does one wear to all these games and practices? Believe me, it’s come up many times with some of my mom friends on the sidelines. We’re all chasing our kids. We’re all cheering our kids on. We’re all hanging out for hours… and sometimes with rain, gusts of wind and low temps!

Here is my “hit-list” when it comes to dressing for kids’ events.

1. COMFORT (this is key).
2. BREATHABILITY (I’m usually chasing 4 boys around).
3. FIT.
4. Yup, I’m going to admit it… a little STYLE is in order.

5. When necessary WARMTH.

I’ve created 5 different looks to kick off the Spring Sport Season… with baseball, lacrosse and swimming on my radar right now, I need to make sure I’m ready to go!

Casual chic...




Coming from a workout...





What would you wear to your child’s games/practices?


Audrey McClelland can also be found at MomGenerations.comLifetimeBeauty/Style,, and




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