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Strong Mama-To-Be Iza Calzado Continues Working Out 'With Her Doctor's Permission'
PHOTO BY Facebook/Iza Calzado Official Page
  • Just before Iza Calzado got pregnant with her and her husband Ben Wintle's first child (read her announcement here), she was at her leanest without "starving" herself or going on any crash diet.

    At that time, in early 2022, Iza was training for her action scenes in ABS-CBN's TV adaptation of Mars Ravelo's classic komiks material, Darna. She plays the first Darna, a.k.a. Leonor Custodio, who passes the baton to her daughter Narda (Jane de Leon).

    "Suddenly this happened," Iza said of her pregnancy in an interview with Bianca Gonzalez (read here).  Still, she pointed out, she's "grateful" that she's still able to do her usual stuff, like working out, but "scaled down."

    That's exactly what the strong mama-to-be has been doing to have a healthy pregnancy, as shown in a recent Facebook Stories posted in her official page, and "of course with her doctor's permission."

    PHOTO BY Facebook/Iza Calzado Official Page
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    Iza also posted, in her Instagram account, reels of her workout routine with international fitness trainer Culver Padilla. Culver pointed out in the caption of their shared post: "STRONG MOMS GROW STRONG BABIES."

    He explained, "During pregnancy, exercise can help you stay in shape and prepare for labor and delivery.

    "For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week.

    "Strength training is OK, as long as you stick to relatively low weights. 'Yung tipong pwede pa kayo magusap at magtawanan."

    He added, "Gave her some safe workouts that would strengthen her body during pregnancy.

    Meantime, Iza and Ben are wrapping up their vacation in the United Kingdom, where Ben's father hails from. They've also made side trips to Spain and France.

    "As our UK trip comes to an end, one can only be grateful for every experience — the good and bad, the highs and the lows," she wrote in the caption of a recent post showing her baby bump.

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    "Everything is part of the journey. What a wonderful ride life is! Remember that no matter how dark the night, the sun always rises."

    Read also: SILs Iza Calzado, Bianca King On The Same Pregnancy Journey

    Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

    Aside from feeling and looking good due to the released endorphins while sweating it out, medical experts say you get a lot of help battling discomfort caused by several pregnancy symptoms.

    • Relief from backaches and bad posture by strengthening and toning muscles in your back, butt, and thighs
    • Improvement in digestive functions that affect constipation, stomachache, and bloating
    • Protection of joints that loosen up while undergoing hormonal changes
    • Strengthening of the heart and blood vessels
    • Maintenance of a healthy weight
    • Possible prevention against gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and Caesarean delivery
    • Preparation of the body for childbirth and post-delivery

    Reminders from an ob-gyn

    But before getting into physical activities, including pregnancy exercise at home, here are some reminders from Dr. Sharon Mendoza, an obstetrician-gynecologist. She's the medical resource person in a recent episode of Smart Parenting's video series on pregnancy called Kalmama.

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    Dr. Mendoza doesn't recommend highly streneous activities, such as cardiovascular exercises and running, unless you're an athlete or you've always been an athlete before getting pregnant.

    She adds that you can continue doing yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, running, and other similar activities but lessen the intensity. She also cautions about trying out such activities for the first time, including jump rope, and warns against going into a diet to avoid putting on so much weight.

    Read also: Pregnancy Exercise Dos and Don’ts

    WATCH THIS RELATED VIDEO ON WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN'T DO DURING PREGNANCY:

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