A Day in The Life of Miesha Tate ~ Pregnancy
July 31, 2019
Prenate® Vitamin Family is teaming up with Miesha Tate to help bring awareness to the importance of healthy habits before, during and after pregnancy. Miesha, a women’s MMA and UFC champion, is working with Prenate® to offer insight and advice to moms-to-be and new moms on topics including maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying mentally strong, focusing on nutrition and setting achievable life goals. In this edition, Miesha shares her views on the importance of prenatal vitamins before and during pregnancy and in the postpartum months.
By no means was I perfect when it came to diet and exercise during my pregnancy journey. I encountered struggles and some setbacks along the way, just like many other women. I did my best to be healthy, work out consistently and make healthy choices. My hope is that by sharing my experience, it may encourage or inspire other women during their own pregnancy journeys.
My life looked very different in my first trimester as compared to the second and third. During my first trimester I was completely exhausted, and it was hard to keep a routine at all. I found myself having no trouble sleeping 16 hours a day and yet still feeling exhausted. I knew it was common to be tired during the first trimester. But I started to think something was off when I was able to sleep that much and still be tired. After talking to my doctor about how I was feeling, we ran some tests and discovered that I was having issues with my thyroid.
It turned out that I had an underactive thyroid, which was contributing to the way I was feeling. Once I was able to get my thyroid regulated, I started having more energy and was able to refocus and develop a routine during the second and third trimesters. For this post I wanted to share some of the day-to-day activities that I did during this time to support a healthy pregnancy.
Morning Routine: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
I tried to get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Typically I’d start my day with a decaffeinated tea and a big glass of my mixed-greens water, which consists of water, a special blend of dried greens and a few pieces of fruit, such as strawberries or raspberries. Here’s one of my go-to breakfast meals that I made frequently during pregnancy:
Breakfast Greek Yogurt Parfait
- Plain Greek, full-fat yogurt with no added sugars
- Fresh fruit, such as strawberries or blueberries
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Sprinkle of cinnamon, to taste
I’ve always preferred to get my workouts done in the earlier part of the day. I worked out four to five days a week, right up until delivery. I made my workouts my “me time.” I needed variety in my workouts, and it was frustrating that I had to cut out grappling because of risk to the pregnancy. So I needed to change up my workouts to keep me motived. If they got too monotonous, I would lose motivation. But it’s important to note that you should always talk to your health care provider about your exercise routine, especially if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
At a minimum I would go for a 20 to 30 minute brisk walk. I had a few pregnancy podcasts that I would listen to. So I often used that time to learn about the baby’s development or certain nutrients I needed to be incorporate at different times of the pregnancy. I also enjoyed hiking. I would typically hike two to four miles. But I was mindful to hike in much less strenuous areas than I had pre-pregnancy.
tried to strength train one to two times per week. I made sure to use lighter weights than I had pre-pregnancy. I also avoided any straight abdominal exercise, like sit ups or pushups, particularly as I got into the second and third trimesters. I used the TRX® suspension bands as I got further into pregnancy for support with bodyweight exercises. Some of my favorites were assisted lunges or low rows. You can click the link below for examples of the TRX® moves.
Afternoon Routine: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
I continued to do my show with SiriusXM® radio right up until my delivery. I would usually make a quick lunch at home before I headed out to the studio. Below is a recipe for one of my favorite lunch dishes and some snack options. I usually tried to snack a little before and after lunches to keep my energy up.
Recipe from The Healthy Chef: https://thestayathomechef.com/healthy-tuna-stuffed-avocado/#_a5y_p=3596292
I often swap out the tuna for chicken. I love this recipe because canned chicken is so convenient. But I’m mindful about meat I use – organic or no added preservatives. Sometimes I would scoop out the avocado, chop it up and mix it in with the other ingredients.
- Honeycrisp apples with peanut butter
- Trail-mix granola bars with peanut butter (Can you tell I love peanut butter?)
- Chilled grapefruit
Night Routine: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
After work I’d head home, and we’d eat around 6 p.m. or 7 pm. Occasionally, we would go out for dinner or grab takeout … a chicken cheesesteak from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was definitely enjoyed a few times during my pregnancy. But for the most part I tried to make most of my meals at home. Pinterest was my friend when it came to cooking. I also found that I had different cravings, so planning out meals a week in advance didn’t always work for me. I used Pinterest for inspiration and to help find meals that fit with what my body and my baby needed. I really got into cooking when I was preparing a meal for myself and my husband. It was a nice thing to look forward to at the end of the day.
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken
- 12-ounce jar of salsa verde
- 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 3 cloves of diced garlic
- Dash of salt, pepper
Combine all the ingredients above into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. About an hour before you’re ready to eat, use forks to shred the chicken in the crockpot.
Once cooked, pile some of the mixture on a tortilla shell and top with sliced avocados, diced tomatoes and cilantro, or any of your favorite taco toppings.
This is one of my favorites because it’s just a few simple ingredients and packs a big punch. Plus, it’s a huge time saver because you can set it and forget it.
Lobster Tail with Garlic and Lemon Butter
Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen: https://natashaskitchen.com/lobster-tails-recipe-with-garlic-lemon-butter/
This meal is great because it’s rich in iodine, which supports thyroid function. It’s also pretty quick to make and delicious!
Sweets and Desserts
In terms of sweets or random late-night cravings, I didn’t really have too many of those. I tried to be mindful of eating too much sugar. But at one point I was really craving moon pies. I kept telling myself no, and they would keep popping up in my mind. It eventually became this mental tug-of-war and I finally gave in. I think it’s important to note that an indulgence every once in a while is OK. You shouldn’t feel like you are entirely depriving yourself throughout pregnancy. As long as sweets are in moderation and you’re eating well and exercising, you deserve it!
Prenatal Vitamin to Support Pregnancy
I wasn’t always able to reach the recommended daily amounts of nutrients with my diet alone. So I made sure to take a daily prenatal vitamin to help fill nutritional gaps and support a healthy pregnancy. I have a sensitivity to taking vitamins on an empty stomach. So I would take my prenatal around dinnertime. I usually wind things down around 11 p.m. But there were a few times where I was reading in bed and remembered I hadn’t taken my prenatal vitamin. So I started keeping a stash of my prenatal in my nightstand for quick access. It’s important for women to come up with a routine that works for them.
This post was sponsored by Avion Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.
About Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate is an American mixed martial arts pundit and former mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Miesha is an accomplished athlete but is also laser-focused on empowering women to reach personal goals and develop life skills for healthy living. She is very involved in staying fit through exercise and proper nutrition, especially before, during and after her pregnancy. Miesha welcomed her first child, a baby girl, in July 2018.
About Prenate® Vitamin Family
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