Welcome to this weeks edition of The Bethel Fit Mum Woman Crush Wednesday Series. In this series, I am celebrating #fitmums who are motivating and inspiring many with their dedication to and love of fitness. Today’s special guest Ifeoma Meremikwu, female entrepreneur extraordinaire and mum of four, shares about her journey through four different pregnancies, and the valuable lessons that she learned along the way.1) A brief bio about yourself. Your name, what you do etc.
My name is Ifeoma Meremikwu I have 4 children and I’m the owner of Instyle Blading, a microblading studio, in Houston Texas.2) How and when did you get into fitness?
I’ve always been active since I was a kid. My parents were always putting me into organized sports team. As I got older I stayed active but not as vigorous as when I was younger.3) What is your favorite type of exercise?
I love to walk outside.4) How did pregnancy change/affect your fitness regime in each trimester?
I was involved heavily in Fitbit challenges. So I was getting a lot of steps in. When I first found out I was pregnant I still kept up with the challenges. It wasn’t until I was showing that it ended up becoming difficult. I was very tired and I couldn’t go as long. So I walked shorter distances and less frequent.5) In what ways did/has being physically active helped you through your pregnancy?
I have four children and during my last pregnancy when I really took exercising seriously is where I saw the most difference. I didn’t gain a lot of weight, the labor was my easiest out of all of them. And my recovery after having the baby was very fast.6) What fitness advice would you give to someone who is pregnant or planning to get pregnant?
I would suggest developing the habit of being active before you get pregnant. It’s easier to continue during your pregnancy. And to listen to your body. Every little bit helps. Maybe it’s not full blown work out sessions. But it could be as easy as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from the grocery store entrance.