Healthy and Fit Mama: Nearing the Finish Line

Revolve DC We have one more update from our favorite mom-to-be and Instructor, Francina! Find out some changes and additions she’s made to her daily routine during her third trimester and how she’s been inspiring her riders to set some great fitness goals!


Here I am, at 30 weeks, with just 10 weeks to go until I meet my little one.  I have to admit that this trimester has been a little more uncomfortable than the previous two and my ever expanding belly is definitely noticeable and making me a little clumsy!

On October 20, 2013, I had my baby shower given by one of my Revolve riders and attended by many, many of my regular riders.  It was such a perfect day, a perfect party and I felt immense gratitude and love from everyone.  It’s amazing how close I’ve gotten with my riders and the consideration and kindness I’ve received is simply amazing.  To say that I am lucky would be a great understatement.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.


At 30 weeks, I’m still teaching 7 classes a week although this is the month that I will be dropping all my Zumba classes and strictly teaching cycling.  As soon as I feel too uncomfortable on the bike, I will be teaching off the bike more and I will see how long I can make it.  I enjoy teaching the barre ride especially because I feel like those barre moves help my posture, ease the pain in my lower back and help with flexibility.  The increase in the hormone, Relaxin, during pregnancy has made stretching feel wonderful!

I am experimenting again with my bike position in class and found that raising my seat a little higher than normal gives me belly and my legs a bit more room and has helped me to be able to ride more comfortably.  I have no doubt that I can continue to ride the next month, but the only thing preventing me from actually riding a whole class is that my lungs are a little squished and it’s definitely getting harder to talk and cue through class while riding.  Unfortunately, there are no adjustments that will help that!  My body has adjusted somewhat to allow me to make it through class though and it’s simply amazing what the human body does to allow us to function.  It never ceases to amaze me.

I’m still doing my best to eat healthy, take my vitamins and get lots of water.  I’ve experienced no leg swelling, no heart burn, no indigestion, not a lot of fatigue and for the most part can still sleep comfortably.  I do get tired now and then, but the fatigue is not nearly as overwhelming as I expected and can be eased with a good night’s sleep.  I do owe this to having an active and healthy pregnancy.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to treat yourself well during pregnancy – what’s good for mom, is also good for baby!

I think one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had and am still having is when my students, members, and riders tell me that I motivate them and they are inspired day after day by watching me teach my classes.  I really never thought about how I would be able to motivate so many, and it makes my “job” so worth it.  I’ve heard repeatedly that the only reason someone got out of bed to make it to a 6am class because they knew that I (big belly and all) managed to get myself up and out to teach class.  It is truly rewarding to know that I helped someone get up and work out that day.

Well, my next update will be right before I give birth or shortly after the baby is born.  I’ve got a few more weeks to go, so please come on out and ride with me for the last weeks in 2013!

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