By Jack Rees
Watch this boxing-mad mum-to-be prove she is still fighting fit at nine months pregnant – by taking to the ring with her huge bump proudly on show.
Gym owner Vicky Sim has spent her pregnancy boxing and eating clean foods and raw veg and claims regular exercise even CURED her morning sickness.
The super toned 39-year-old has only put on 11kg throughout her pregnancy and amazingly still had perfect abs until she was seven months’ pregnant.
Melbourne-based Vicky, who owns Boxing Fit gym with partner Michael Hargraves, said: “It would have been hard for me to stop exercising during my pregnancy but luckily there was no reason for me to do so and I was able to continue boxing throughout.
“Exercise during pregnancy is highly recommended and fitness and good health is the world I live in – I just love how it makes me feel.
“You can’t be in a ring sparring as obviously I wouldn’t do anything where my baby could get hurt, but this is non-combat and isn’t rough.
“When you are pregnant there are so many restrictions and physical and emotional changes which can be hard to adjust to but exercise really helps you feel good.
“It’s important to remember everybody is different and what is good for me, may not be good for you. Do not listen to everyone else’s opinion – just your doctor’s. I didn’t do anything without doing my homework.”
Vicky continued to exercise for four hours a week after she discovered she was pregnant last September and has kept up this regime until her due date today (THURS).
The first-time mum, who is expecting a boy, boxes with punch bags and pads for 30 minutes, three times a week.
She combines this with 30 minutes of all over bodyweight exercises, lifting free weights and kettlebells twice a week and makes time to fit in an hour-long walk on a weekly basis.
Amazingly, Vicky only developed a visible bump when she ‘popped’ in the seventh month of her pregnancy and has put on just 11kg in total.
And despite bizarre pregnancy cravings she has managed to eat ‘clean’ wholefoods and raw veg throughout – and even claims exercise cured her morning sickness in the first trimester.
Vicky said: “Eating for two is a very old-fashioned mentality. Although you may be feeding yourself and your baby, most of the pregnancy your baby is tiny. You are not feeding an adult. You only need a daily increase of 300 calories to ensure the baby is well-nourished – it’s not a green light to go crazy.
“Before I got pregnant my diet consisted of clean, whole and raw as much as possible for 80 per cent of my week.
“The first trimester was a huge shock because suddenly I hated coffee and salads and the thought of eating those healthy foods made ne ill.
“I just wanted to eat crackers, bread, pasta and fruit and had a toasted sandwich every morning.
“It was a struggle but luckily by my second trimester I went back to my old eating habits and felt better which made it easier to eat clean, whole, nutritious food.
“This is the most important time to be healthy so although I have definitely relaxed with my food, I am still controlled and watching what I’m putting into my mouth.
“When I was nauseous I found exercising actually stopped the nausea. The reality is sometimes you may not feel up to exercising, pregnant or not, but you just need to push through those days and not give up because you always feel better after doing some form of exercise.
“There is so much you get told about what pregnancy is like and although for some this is very true, for others it can be the exact opposite.
“I’m a strong believer that if you have a healthy mind, healthy body and healthy attitude, you give yourself the best chance of having a more positive pregnancy. I’m a prime example of that.”