Working Out with Baby On Board
Many celebrity moms and moms-to-be such as Khloé Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Serena Williams refused to put their exercise regiment on hold while pregnant. And Kimmy Fasani is no different.
Up until quite recently, pregnant women have not only been urged to avoid strenuous exercise while pregnant but sometimes have even been advised to cut down on regular day-to-day activity in order to keep their baby safe. However, according to high-risk pregnancy expert and spokeswoman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Laura Riley, MD, this couch potato method is no longer doctor recommended. She says, “You need to be physically active during pregnancy. It has terrific benefits that are associated with a better pregnancy outcome and even shorter labors. It’s a win-win for baby and for mom.”
Professional snowboarder Kimmy Fasani has reached an exciting new chapter of her life as she becomes a mom and continues to pursue her snowboarding career. With a due date of March 10, 2018, Kimmy has remained active throughout her pregnancy. She has been active and training throughout her life, being crowned the USASA National Slopestyle Champion for 3 years in a row at 15 years old.
Research has begun to show that exercise during pregnancy not only doesn’t harm the mother or child but actually has multiple benefits like reducing the mother’s risk of getting a type of diabetes known as gestational diabetes mellitus by half. Studies have also shown that exercise can help reduce stress during pregnancy by allowing the mother to feel more in control of what’s happening with her body.
Based in Mammoth Lakes, California, Kimmy has established herself in the top echelon of global female professional snowboarders, tackling backcountry lines in annual video parts with Absinthe Films and Transworld Snowboarding, while earning industry accolades and acting as a mentor to the next generation of riders. Her continued contribution to the sport of snowboarding is recognized both by fellow riders and the industry, earning her Rider of The Year and Video Part of The Year nominations and wins over the past two seasons. Kimmy has further established herself as a mentor and leader through her Amusement MTN backcountry safety event for aspiring female riders.
“She’s broken countless boundaries in snowboarding both on and off the hill, earning the only female segment in Absinthe Films recent movie TurboDojo and numerous industry awards for her groundbreaking riding,” says said Donna Carpenter, CEO of Burton Snowboards. “Now, she’s breaking yet another major boundary in the sport – remaining a professional snowboarder through motherhood. We’re beyond proud to back Kimmy during her next biggest adventure – becoming a mom – and we can’t wait to see what stereotypes and boundaries she breaks next.”
Kimmy says, “I had already decided that just because I was pregnant I didn’t need to retire… and having Donna agree is so encouraging! I quickly realized that I was going to be able to continue being myself, sharing my journey, adventures, and lifestyle, without feeling limited.”