As if Stacy Keibler weren't already our fitness idol, the soon-to-be mama is building on her healthy habits during pregnancy. Steal her secrets for looking and feeling great from head to toe.
Behind the Scenes with Stacy Keibler
UPDATE: Stacy Keibler, our June/July cover star, is officially a new mom. She and her husband Jared Pobre welcomed a baby girl, Ava Grace, on Wednesday, August 20. Keibler made the announcement on her website: "Jared and I have been blessed with the new love of our lives... We've never experienced a level of joy and happiness like this before!"
We spoke with Stacy for our June/July issue, and she shared her secrets for looking and feeling great during pregnancy. (Hint: It has a little something to do with this prenatal Pilates plan.)
Here's her magazine feature.
Stacy Keibler's priorities couldn't be clearer: When we were planning her cover shoot for our June/July issue, she asked if she could spend most of her photo shoot not vamping for the camera in glam gowns but instead showcasing the Pilates moves that have kept her strong and energetic throughout her pregnancy. (Clearly, we loved the idea!) "I haven't felt sick or tired so far—instead, I've had an enthusiastic spark that I've been harnessing through exercise," says Keibler, 34, whose daughter is due in August. "I've always been conscious of what I put into my body, but now that I'm pregnant I can recognize the positive effects that effort has had."
Still, the Dancing with the Stars alum has found ways to take her health to the next level. "I did a detox about a year ago and wiped lots of unhealthy foods out of my life, and when I became pregnant I did a similar wipe-through of my bathroom, giving away products that weren't great for pregnancy," Keibler says. (See "5 Beauty Tips for Pregnant Mamas," for the deets on her bump-friendly beauty routine.) She also believes in a research-backed concept called Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, which holds that an expectant mother's diet affects her child's health throughout his or her life. That's why Keibler has stuck to her longtime organic, GMO-free, whole-foods-based eating plan, and why she's paying even closer attention to ingredient labels. "Pregnancy is a great time to reevaluate everything," she says.
One thing she's definitely not reevaluating: her rock-solid relationship with new husband Jared Pobre, a tech entrepreneur. "Jared is the most thoughtful, loving, kind person. I couldn't ask for a better father for my children," Keibler says. "Our bond is so strong and special, and getting pregnant has made it even more so. It's been so much fun preparing to become new parents together."
A crucial part of that preparation has been lots of research and reading, Keibler says: "I've always been a student at heart, and I'm a big advocate for women educating themselves about the birthing process." After all, she notes, the United States has a higher rate of maternal mortality than 40 other nations, including some developing countries, even though it spends the most per capita on health care, according to stats from Amnesty International. "Some dangerous practices are standard procedure for hospitals, and women don't even realize they have a choice about them," she says. "It's so important that you get all the facts and understand your options."
For Keibler, one important decision was to work with a doula, and she and Pobre have met with her doctor and several midwives as they anticipate delivery. But while she's fervently gathering the facts, she's not freaking out about what could go wrong. "I live in the present moment. I can't control how my labor will be, only what's going on today," she says.
And the decision Keibler feels the best about? That would be choosing to become a mother in the first place—which hadn't always been in the cards for her. "Before we met, both Jared and I had told our parents we didn't think we'd ever get married or have kids, but when you're with the right person, everything changes," she says. "My epiphany happened shortly after Jared and I started dating, and once we both knew, we didn't hesitate—I just knew I was ready and that there's no one else in the world I would want to do this with."
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