Kim Kardashian was very open about her struggle to lose the baby weight after giving birth to daughter North West, and now that she’s pregnant for the second time, Kim’s taking matters into her own hands. The 34-year-old has hired Toronto-raised celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and a nutritionist to keep her on track for baby number two.
“Kim was very active throughout the first pregnancy, and I think she’ll be just as active through this one,” Harley told HELLO! at the Smartwater up up up lounge in New York. “With your first one, you deal with nausea and all sorts of stuff. I think she’s been pretty good through this one. She knows what to expect. A lot of women, when they’re pregnant for the first time, are scared to do anything, so now it’s old habit for her.”
“It’s very important to be sure their heart rate doesn’t get above 140 beats per minute,” he said, adding that staying hydrated and exercising in a cool, well-ventilated room is key. “So, no hiking in Runyon Canyon or working outside in the backyard in Calabasas.”
When it comes to exercise, pregnant women need to be cautious but shouldn’t be afraid to stay active.
“The only point a woman should stop working out during their pregnancy is if their doctor tells them,” concluded Harley. “I think Megan Fox worked out the day before she gave birth.”
There are guidelines, though, depending on what stage of pregnancy you are in. When it comes to his clients, Harley says: “We do everything you would do when they’re not pregnant – except when we start the second trimester, we eliminate all exercises where they are lying on their back.
“I encourage [Kim] to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.”
However Harley explained that ab exercises are limited as the baby grows: “Resistance exercise is important. We are doing lunges and hamstring curls for toning.”
The celebrity trainer also offered tips for any mum-to-be based on his famous 5-Factor Fitness plan, suggesting they do a few toning exercises several days a week. He suggests they should complete two sets of 10-20 reps of moves like standing side bends, bent-over rows and sumo squats to target the whole body, using three, five or eight pound dumbbells.