Tuesday, August 19, 2014

32,33,34 weeks [Stay Put Little Guy!]

                                              32 weeks                                         33w4d

Here is my almost 34 week bump. I've been slacking on my posts this pregnancy. Partly due to it being uneventful in nature, partly due to enjoying my family this summer before we go from a family of three to four.

With only 5-6 weeks left I'm feeling relatively good. Blood pressure has been running 110/60's, Liam's heartbeat has been regularly between 130-140, and so far (knock on wood) no swelling. Only after a salty meal or snack will my fingers and toes feel tight. 

We did have an episode last Saturday where we had to rush home from the park so I could lay down because I was having some pretty painful and consistent Braxton Hicks contractions, as well as, pelvic floor pressure. I definitely felt a little off and lacked an appetite so I pretty much lounged most of Saturday and Sunday with very little activity in between. 

This week I feel much better but far more exhausted than previous weeks. Especially midday and before supper. In fact, Annalise and I took several hour long naps over the weekend together. Which, by the way, if you didn't know...NEVER happens! 1) I just simply don't nap- EVER and 2) she rarely snuggles with me. 

A big change I've also noticed. She has been very, very clingy to her mama (along with the cat). Wonder if they can sense big changes are about to happen?

I've also started nesting a little. Liam's nursery is almost ready to go except for the crib rail to be put back up and a few photos hung. We're being minimalists this time as Annalise just simply had TOO much stuff in her nursery. In addition, we busted out my exercise/yoga ball to help aid in my late night hip and lower back pain. It honestly feels like heaven. I'm SO glad I used it last time in early labor. I anticipate using it again.

And how's Liam?

He's well within his length limits now. At least 19-22 inches and nearly 5 pounds. Moves all the times and has been hiccuping more frequently these last few weeks. Still head down as far as I can tell and can now open his eyes during waking periods and close them when he sleeps. 

I'm looking forward to kissing his sweet face and seeing how Annalise interacts with him.

After next Tuesday's appointment we'll be down to just 3-4 appointments before Liam is born. My goal is to make it to 36 weeks first and then 38. I will be highly surprised if we make it full term considering how low he appears to be already, and, how crampy I get after chasing around kids all day. But, you never know. 

Keep baking little guy!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Beautiful Truth- Accepting The Skin You're In

The truth is...
at almost 30 weeks pregnant with my second child I'm finally happy with my mommy body.
Where it is now and where it will be when I'm done having kids.

Sure; I've got dry skin, oily hair, bleeding gums, the "pregnancy mask," tailbone pain, cracked heels, and faded stretch marks but my body has bounced back from pregnancy once before so I have no shame in these 'scars.'  I know what it's capable of and I've seen the progress.

4 weeks vs 30 weeks pregnant

You don't have to be an athlete, or a rocket scientist to know that eating well and walking daily can help your mind, body, and labor.  In my first trimester, due to nausea, I focused on staying hydrated, drinking Shakeology to help with blood sugars and nausea, eating well, and doing slightly modified versions of Beachbody workouts like T25 and Turbofire. 

In my second trimester, I had adequate amounts of energy and was able to complete a 5k at 6 months pregnant. While not for everyone, it was something I wanted to prove to myself. That with training and dedication to modified exercises I could still maintain the strength to finish. That being pregnant is not a weight loss crutch, rather a tool to challenge our bodies to its limits.

Now, in my third trimester, things have slowed down again (not just my energy). I'm focusing less on cardio based programs and more on strength, stability, balance, and flexibility.  
Things to prepare me for labor and delivery.

Instead of doing programs like T25, Turbofire, or 21-day fix (which can focus on calorie deficits). I'm doing a combination of yoga, pilates, PiYo, walking, clean eating, and free weights.

I'll be completing my 30-day arm challenge in a little over a week and moving onto the next 50+ days of PiYo. Perfect timing until little man arrives.

So you see, the beautiful truth is...whether your just beginning or in the middle of transforming your skin, love every milestone you reach. You're worth it.