You Can Be Fit, Fabulous, and Pregnant: Samantha Harris's Secrets to a Fit Pregnancy
Months 4-7Month 4: Getting Support
Dustin Hoffman is my new favorite celebrity! At a photo exhibit, he put his hand on my belly, predicted a boy, and told me that parenting is the best thing a person can do. Now that I'm up eight pounds, my B-cup bras aren't cutting it. I got some great new ones at Gap Body -- they're supportive and comfortable and have just enough padding.Month 5: Finding Beauty in the Big (and Small) Things
I admit it's been a little hard to see my onetime six-pack become a full-blown baby bump. But instead of covering it up with big shirts, I'm wearing fitted tops to accentuate it. At the MTV Movie Awards, Jessica Alba kept touching my belly and telling me how cute my tummy looked, and Eva Mendes said, "God, your boobs look amazing!" This month's highlight: a 3-D ultrasound. Everything is where it should be and the baby is healthy and wonderful.Month 6: Now It's All About the Belly
I'm taking more exercise classes now that the show is done for the season, but I've really had to change what I do in them. My latest: a class combining a half hour each of cardio, sculpting, and yoga. I don't do any moves flat on my back or any inversions (my doctor says they reduce blood flow to the baby). And I take lots of breaks and drink water constantly.
I've now gained 14 pounds, and my belly has really popped. Since I've started to feel full very quickly, I'm eating five small meals a day. My nutritionist, Christine Bybee, has helped me come up with snacks that combine protein, carbs, and fat to keep me full and energized: celery and peanut butter, cottage cheese and Wheat Thins, or an apple slice with turkey.Month 7: Looking Ahead
My friends are throwing me a shower in Malibu next month, and Sarah Chalke (from Scrubs), Laila Ali, and Kelly Carlson (from Nip/Tuck), the on-air girls from E! News and Tia Carrere and others from Dancing with the Stars are all invited.
I'm so busy planning: When's best to fly home with the baby to see my family? What do we want in a nanny? (Dancing with the Stars has started again, and I'll work as long as I can until the baby's here.)
I'm still working out -- even a 20-minute walk makes me feel empowered. I also know it will help me get back into a fitness routine after the baby's born. Instead of worrying about losing my figure, I'm embracing this beautiful time. I have the rest of my life to get in shape, right?
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