Ashley Graham Flaunts Baby Bump in Bikini
Ashley Graham is bumpin' along in her second pregnancy. On Wednesday, the supermodel shared a gallery of photos on social media, flaunting her baby bump in a cloud print HVN by Harley Viera-Newton string bikini and matching Crocs. "Got the shoes to match," she captioned the series, adding a cloud emoji. How does the 33-year-old keep herself fit and healthy when she is expecting? Read on to see 9 ways Ashley Graham stays in shape while pregnant and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bikini Photos!
She's Totally Revamped Her Workout Routine
Ashley recently revealed to Women's Health that she has majorly switched up her routine. "This pregnancy is so different because a) I have a toddler at home and b) I'm not in the shape that I was when I got pregnant with Isaac," she said. "After I had Isaac, it was like baby weight, pandemic weight, and I never really got back on my toes." According to the model, her workouts focus on "what's to come after I pop this baby out."
She Focuses on Strength Training and Cardio
"When I'm working with my trainer, we do a lot of weights, and then sneaky cardio," she told WH, adding that her backside is a main focus. "Honestly, I feel like my" backside "has fallen a lot in this past couple of years," she explains. "So anything to just kind of start lifting it back up."
She Uses a Stairmaster
Ashley recently invested in a new piece of fitness equipment. "I will say I just bought a Stairmaster, and I put it in my bedroom. It looks out the window, and I have no excuses," she told WH. "Research shows that stair climbing helps strengthen and tone your leg muscles. It keeps your leg arteries flexible, allowing blood to move more easily. Better blood flow in your legs equals a healthier heart and body," says the Mayo Clinic.
She Exercises Throughout the Day
Ashley's first workout goes down in the morning, but she makes sure to be active later in the day as well. "I want to get it done at eight a.m., in and out," she says. "But then I am enjoying doing a little bit of yoga in the afternoons because that was something that really helped me through my pregnancy with Isaac." "Yoga is considered one of many types of complementary and integrative medicine approaches. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety," says the Mayo Clinic.
She Does Prenatal Yoga
"It's just, to me, more boring because it's less twisty and upside down," she told WH about the prenatal yoga classes she has been taking. "But it's just so good to be so limber and not have my back hurt." Says the Mayo Clinic: "Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
Prenatal yoga can:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent."
Her Gym Time Is Her Me Time
"I'm always so glad after I leave the gym. Like, 'I'm so proud of you, Ashley,'" she admitted to WH. "I have that quick 'congratulations' to myself because it's a good reminder to me to keep going because I was so active with Isaac, I don't want to fall off on this one."
She Mixes Working Out with Play
Ashley is a multi-tasking mom, making family playtime a sweat session opportunity. "Justin will do drills, and he'll run after him, and I'll do some lunges and things like that. But it'll be like a family workout, where he's outside playing, but we can also still kind of get a little bit in," she revealed. "It sounds like normal play with your kid, but if you really look at it as 'okay, we're gonna get a workout,' then you can actually turn it into that.'" Plus, Isaac is already learning from the best: "When Justin's doing push-ups, he likes to lay under him," she said.
This Is What She Eats
For breakfast, Ashley enjoys one half English muffin with scrambled eggs on top, and the other with butter and jam. She also tries to eat fruit, including nectarine and plums, veggies like cucumbers and celery. "Lunch, I've been eating sandwiches like crazy," she said. "Do not sleep on sandwiches!" Her go-to is Hawaiian bread stacked with mayonnaise, Grey Poupon mustard, chicken, muenster cheese, and lettuce. For dinner, she loves lamb cooked by her husband.
She Allows Herself to Rest
"I'm giving myself a lot more grace this pregnancy. I'm letting myself rest a lot more—when I'm tired, I take the nap, instead of telling myself to push through," she told WH. "When Isaac goes for a nap, I go for a nap, and I think that these are the things that are actually helping me stay active."