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  • Iya Villania To Netizen Who Said She Only Works Out When Pregnant: 'FYI, I Never Stopped'

    Iya hopes to inspire an overall fit lifestyle: pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after birth.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • The soon-to-be mom of three has always been a fitness advocate. Iya Villania credited Crossfit as one of the reasons she has had relatively easy pregnancies with sons, Primo and Leon. Now on her third pregnancy and already in her second trimester, she vowed to continue working out as long as she can. 

    The TV host, however, recently reacted to a netizen's comment implying that she working out *only* whenever she's pregnant. The netizen based her comment on the exercise videos Iya posts on Instagram. 

    "'Coz if it isn't on Instagram, then it didn't happen?" Iya wrote on her Instagram Stories, circling out the comment she was referring to.

    "FYI, I never stopped working out," the preggo mom stressed. She just recently figured out how to edit videos on the iMovie app, which is why she's able and eager to share her workout videos. 

    Iya corrected a netizen's assumption that she only works out whenever pregnant.
    PHOTO BY screenshot from @iyavillania/Instagram Stories
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    "[The] last thing I want is for mamas to feel like they should workout only once they're pregnant. Please, no," Iya firmly wrote on her Instagram Stories.

    "What I want is to encourage fitness to be part of your lifestyle before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and especially after," she stressed. "Let's get fit and stay fit together, mamas!" Iya added.

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    Iya hopes to encourage fitness pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after giving birth.
    PHOTO BY screenshot from @iyavillania/Instagram Stories

    Iya is not only a celebrity mom who continued working out while pregnant. Andi Eigenmann, Solenn Heussaff, Aubrey Miles, among many others, also continued exercising when they were expecting. They've been regularly exercising even before they conceived and toned down their workouts during pregnancy. 

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    Pregnancy exercise: who can do it and what's allowed

    It's perfectly okay for women to continue working out or start an exercise routine while pregnant, as long as they have their doctor's permission. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages all pregnant women having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy to engage in 20 to 30 minutes of light to moderate intensity exercises daily or at least most days of the week. 

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    Once you have been cleared by your doctor, it's crucial to be aware of your body when working out. The general rule you're doing it right if you can carry a conversation while working out. If you find yourself out of breath when doing so, it means you are overexerting yourself. You need to stop or slow down.

    Pregnant women should avoid exercise if they have heart conditions, persistent bleeding in the last two trimesters, at risk for pre-term labor, and severe anemia. When in doubt, consult your doctor. 

    What pregnancy exercises do doctors recommend and safe for preggos? Click here to find out. Or try this doctor-approved preggy exercise below. 

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