Blogger Proves Even the Fittest Mamas Give in to Pregnancy Cravings

Think those fitness stars you see on Instagram always resist their pregnancy cravings? Think again. 

Anna Strode is here to prove one thing: When it comes to pregnant women and their lifestyles, what you see on social media isn't always the reality. It's not all about those perfectly posed bump shots or energetic workout videos—even the preggos who seem to have it all together have days when they just want to lounge and eat ice cream.

Strode herself is no exception—the fitness 'grammer shared a revealing look at the day-to-day realities of her life as a mama-to-be, and it proves that even the healthiest preggos experience (and occasionally indulge!) those pregnancy cravings.

Strode, who regularly shares glimpses of her fit lifestyle and enviable body, shared a side-by-side image featuring two photos of herself in a recent Instagram post. The first shot features Strode assuming the classic pregnancy bump selfie pose. She's in workout clothes and is the picture of a super-healthy, fit mama-to-be who is heading to the gym.

Instagram Pregnant Life VS Real Pregnant Life... 😂😂 I'm all about BALANCE! Sure, you might look at my page and see images like the left and think this mama works out all the time and she must eat healthy all the time... Well I'm here to tell you NO 🙅that's not how things go and I don't believe anyone should live without a little bit of life's indulgences! The image on the right (that Rhett so glamorously snapped 😂) represents me a few nights a week and I think it's just as important to share as the one on the left. I'm a REAL mama, with REAL pregnancy cravings and REAL battles of accepting how my body changes throughout life's journeys. We've only got ONE life - I encourage you to find a HAPPY, HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE BALANCE 🙌😀

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But the second photo shows a different story: Strode is lounging in sweats with her hair thrown into a messy bun, and she's eating an ice cream bar. It's a pretty perfect representation of the eternal struggle pregnant ladies face: Do they gather their energy and hit the gym...or do they pamper themselves with some lazy time on the couch with a treat?

Strode seems to be sending out the message that it's all about balance, and it's important for other pregnant women to understand that even those ultra-fit ladies they see on Instagram have their lazy days. Pregnancy is all about finding that equilibrium: You want to be careful without stressing yourself out, you want to keep up your normal routine without overexerting yourself...and you want to remain as healthy as possible while still allowing yourself to listen to those cravings every now and then.

"Sure, you might look at my page and see images like the left and think this mama works out all the time and she must eat healthy all the time," Strode writes on Instagram. "Well I'm here to tell you NO that's not how things go and I don't believe anyone should live without a little bit of life's indulgences! The image on the right...represents me a few nights a week and I think it's just as important to share as the one on the left. I'm a REAL mama, with REAL pregnancy cravings and REAL battles of accepting how my body changes throughout life's journeys."

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