Pregnancy Update: April

Baby’s size: Spaghetti squash

How I’m feeling: Physically, I’m feeling really good! Mentally, I’m starting to feel slightly panicked. I’m actually surprised at how relaxed I’ve felt up until this point — I enjoy being pregnant. But, with only four months until the baby arrives, I feel like Jordan and I need to start preparing! We’ve literally done nothing to prepare, other than find out what we’re having. I think I’ll feel better once I sign up for some classes, buy some furniture for the nursery, start registering, or something!

Maternity clothes: I’m still wearing my regular clothes. I did wear a few maternity things — shorts, a basic tank/tee, and a dress — on our vacation, and I’m excited to be able to wear them again once it warms up here. Until then, I’ll be getting as much use as I can out of my regular clothes while they’re still comfortable. Only having to buy summer maternity clothes is just fine with me.

Sleep: It’s getting better! I’ve realized that I need to make myself stay up later in order to sleep through the night. Going to bed at 9:00 was just too early, I guess. So far, it’s working pretty well.

Cravings: Not a lot this month, other than fruit, ice cream, and anything else that’s cold — especially slushies. I drank some type of frozen drink everyday that we were in Florida. Citrus always sounds good too.

Aversions: As of last week, I don’t have a lot of these anymore, and I’m so thankful for that! I cooked chicken on Tuesday for the first time in about four months. I was so proud of myself for making a “real,” healthy dinner, which is kind of sad, but it’s progress, ha. I still can’t stand the smell of onions or anything with a lot of strong spices. Chipotle still sounds gross to me, which is strange considering how often I used to eat it.

Movement: Yes! This little girl is strong. Jordan was able to feel her kick for the first time two weeks ago, and last Saturday, I saw her kicks from the outside for the first time. SO cool! She was especially active on our flight last week, and on a lot of the rides in Disney World.

What I’m loving: Feeling all of her movements. I don’t think it’ll ever get old.

Symptoms: Nothing really stands out this month. I’m not sure if I’m getting used to pregnancy, or if I’m in a sweet spot, but I can’t complain! One noticeable physical change — my belly button is on the verge of becoming an outie. It’s funny how much it’s flattened out!

Exercise: A lot of walking, and the strength workouts that I mentioned here.

What I’m looking forward to: My doctor’s appointment next week, where I’ll have another ultrasound. Hopefully she cooperates this time! May will also be a fun month, with Mother’s Day, a trip to Michigan to see family, my friend’s bridal shower and Memorial Day weekend.

Best moments of the month: Finding out that we’re having a baby GIRL, spending Easter with family, meeting my friend’s brand new baby, and traveling to Disney World for our babymoon.

Time is flying now, and I can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Moms or moms-to-be, please tell me that I still have plenty of time to prepare for this baby? When did you start buying things/registering/taking classes?

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Our Babymoon: Disney World 2015

Last Tuesday, Jordan and I packed up all of our summer clothes and got on a two-hour flight to Orlando, Florida to visit the happiest place on Earth — Walt Disney World.

We went back and forth quite a few times on where to take our last pre-baby vacation, but when I found a great deal for a Disney package — and confirmed with the Disney travel agent and my doctor that I’d be able to enjoy the majority of the rides (I didn’t want to get there and learn otherwise) — we booked a five-night stay and started dreaming of our sunny getaway. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already come and gone!

Jordan and I had both been to Disney World previously, but never with each other, so it was fun to experience it together again as adults. During our stay, we visited Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Wanting to make the most of our time there, we sacrificed sleep for early mornings and late nights. It was well worth it, and somehow, my pregnancy fatigue nearly disappeared during this week –  a lot of fresh air and sunshine will do that, I guess!

We spent our days riding the rides, enjoying good food, watching shows, and walking around the parks together. According to my Fitbit, we averaged about 9 miles a day!

I was a little worried that my pregnancy would slow us down, but it didn’t at all. Although it was hotter than we expected it to be in April — reaching into the 90s everyday — I made sure to stay well-hydrated. I also avoided all roller coasters and anything with a lot of bumps or big drops (Disney puts warnings on the majority of rides that aren’t okay for expecting moms, which is really helpful), but Jordan was still able to go on all of those rides thanks to fast passes and single rider lines, and when he did, it gave me a chance to walk around an air conditioned shop, or sit and rest.

It was so nice to spend some quality time together and play and act like kids. In a place where Minnie ears and Donald Duck hats are seen as completely normal, I think it’s impossible not to have a great time!

I’m sad that our babymoon is over, but it’s a trip that we will definitely remember forever. It’s crazy to think that the next time we go back, we will have a little one…or two or three…with us (it could be a while before we go back again!).

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When You Like to Be Alone

I had my three month performance review in December. All was well, except for one critique — “we’d like you to make an effort to socialize more.”

My stomach sank. I’ve heard it before.

“Oh, she’s just quiet.” “Why isn’t she more social?” And the list goes on.

My supervisor was nice about it and I didn’t take the comment too personally, but it still irritates me that outgoing>reserved in the workplace…and a lot of times, in life.

If you watch Gilmore Girls, you might remember a pretty similar situation during Rory’s first year at Chilton. She prefers to eat her lunch alone, where she can listen to music and read her book. However, the administrators aren’t happy with that, so she gets sent to the guidance counselor for a talk. They want her to be more social.

In the end, she makes an effort to be more social at school, and ends up getting in trouble with a group of girls. Everyone then realizes (although, Rory already knew) that she was better off keeping to herself at lunch. So, she does, and she ends up sitting with a new friend who likes to do the same.

Sometimes, I am Rory Gilmore. And it’s taken me 26 years to realize that this isn’t a bad thing.

The fact of the matter is, I require a lot of alone time. I need to be alone in order to concentrate on my tasks at work (especially now that I’m pregnant — effective multitasking is just not happening). I like to be alone when I get home from work — I have to unwind with a workout or TV show before I can be productive again. And sometimes, I like to be alone at lunch — whether it’s to go for a walk, catch up with a friend via email or text message, or read.

The more people I talk to, the more people I realize are also this way — we’re just too afraid to admit it because we feel that we’ll appear more likable if we’re always saying “yes” to everything.

I write all of this to say — if this is you, you’re not alone. I know you have friends, I know you’re involved in things that you’re interested in, and I know that you are a likable person.

Once someone gets to know you, they will know all of this too. So put yourself out there when you feel like it…or don’t. I totally understand ;) .

Are you a social butterfly, or do you keep to yourself?

If you watch Gilmore Girls — can you ever relate to Rory?

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My Favorite Pregnancy Workouts

Does this statistic surprise you? It definitely surprised me. Perhaps it’s because I spend so much time in this “healthy living blog world”? Sometimes I wonder if my viewpoint is skewed.

My colleague recently told me that she’s impressed that I’m still active at this point in my pregnancy. I was flattered, but also taken aback. I mean, I still have four months to go. I can’t imagine not being active for the next four months. Exercise is the one thing that makes me feel like myself, and I like that I’m doing something good for the baby. It made realize, especially after reading that statistic above, that pregnancy is still seen as somewhat of a disability/illness in our society. Yes, it can make us tired and achy, but should it be an excuse to discontinue all physical activity? Unless it’s a high-risk situation (which can definitely occur, and in that case it’s best to listen to the doctor!), I don’t think so.

While it can be confusing and overwhelming when working out with a new body type — and there are certain rules put in place by doctors — I promise that it starts to make sense and get easier with practice. I have learned what works for my body, and if you are pregnant and trying to figure out a new routine, you will too!

Here are some of my favorite pregnancy workouts:

Strength Training: For strength training, I usually turn to Pinterest. As long as I’m not laying on my back for long periods of time, or doing traditional crunches, I feel fine doing what I would have prior to pregnancy. These two are my current favorites: The Pregnant Lady Workout and this Full-Body Workout.

Cardio: Lots of walking! I’m impressed by anyone who’s still running at this point, because as much as I wish I felt comfortable doing it, it’s just not for pregnant me. Long walks typically make me feel best. I’ve spoken to a couple of friends who walked a lot during their pregnancies, and they both told me that it helped them to bounce back fairly quickly postpartum — I trust them!

Barre: Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout. I have a lot of different prenatal DVDs, and so far, this is the only one that I keep going back to. It’s adapted for pregnancy, but it still feels challenging, unlike a lot of the other DVDs I’ve tried. I really like Suzanne Bowen’s style of teaching, and I’m excited to try her other DVDs after I have the baby!

With all of that being said, I’m going to admit — working out while pregnant does not always come easy. There are plenty of days when I’d rather take a nap on the couch or watch TV. But I’m doing it. And if I can do it, I know that you can too!

If you are pregnant/have been pregnant, what are your favorite prenatal exercises?

Does this statistic surprise you?

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A Healthy Living Survey

First things first — thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on the news that we’re having a baby GIRL! I knew it was a girl from the beginning (I just had a feeling, and multiple dreams), so it felt good to have the ultrasound confirm it –  I’m glad that we decided to find out. I already get emotional thinking about all of the things that we’ll go through with a daughter. I am officially over halfway through this pregnancy, and so excited to meet my little girl in just a little over 4 months!

Now, onto the survey. I saw this on Danica’s blog a few days ago, and thought it’d be fun for a Friday (although my responses are from Thursday).

Healthy Living Survey

1. What did you eat for breakfast? Oatmeal made with coconut milk, topped with peanut butter, coconut and chocolate chips. After having an oatmeal aversion for months, I’m glad to have it back in my life!

2. How much water do you drink each day? A lot! I thought I drank a lot before I was pregnant, but I drink even more now. I always have a cup of water or a water bottle with me!

3. What is your current favorite workout? Walking outside. After spending so much time on the treadmill this winter, it’s nice to be able to get outside again. I’m also enjoying strength training workouts that I can do at the gym during my lunch break.

4. How many calories do you eat each day? I have no idea. I try my best to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I’m not weighing myself (or looking at the scale) during this pregnancy, but my doctor tells me that I’m right on track as far as weight gain goes, so I feel good about how much I’m eating!

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? Right now, fruit! I’m loving strawberries, blueberries, oranges and kiwi.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch? I pack my lunch for work almost everyday, so it really just depends on what I have on hand. I usually bring a big salad, but vegetables haven’t sounded great to me lately. Today, I brought half of a Mediterranean chicken wrap (Super Target sells these in the deli section — so good, and so easy) with a side of strawberries, carrot sticks and Pirate’s Booty.

7. What is your favorite body part to train? My lower body.

8. What is your least favorite body part to train? My core. It’s especially not my favorite now that I’m pregnant — it just feels uncomfortable.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? I’m definitely craving sugar and fat, in the form of ice cream, baked goods and Easter candy. I’m trying to eat more avocado and peanut butter, though, because I think that my body is craving baked goods to tell me that I need to eat more fat for this baby.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? Yes, I take a food-based prenatal vitamin, a prenatal DHA supplement and a probiotic everyday.

11. How often do you eat out? It varies depending on what I have going on, but usually twice a week. My coworkers and I go out to lunch every Friday as a treat, and Jordan and I will usually get takeout or go out to eat once a week.

12.  Do you eat fast food? Not really — unless Panera counts.

13. Who is your biggest supporter? My husband, my parents and sisters, my friends.

14. Do you have a gym membership? I recently quit my gym that offers classes, but I still belong to the gym at work. It didn’t make sense for me to belong to two gyms, and I haven’t been into classes lately anyway.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night? Anywhere from 6-9 hours, depending on the night. On Monday night I came home from work, sat down on the couch for a second, and fell asleep sitting up. I woke up 50 minutes later to a text message, realizing I’d slept through the first 15 minutes of a dinner I was supposed to be at with my friends. Oops! So yeah, I require a lot of sleep right now, but I can’t always get it all at once thanks to insomnia.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? No. I believe in everything in moderation.

17. Do you drink alcohol? Not right now! I didn’t drink much before I was pregnant, though, so it hasn’t been too difficult.

18. Do you have a workout buddy? No. I used to take classes with my sisters, but since I don’t belong to that gym anymore, I work out on my own. Last week I realized that my gym at work has wi-fi, so Netflix has been keeping me company while I do the treadmill — it makes for a very nice break from work!

9. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? I don’t know that anything has changed in recent years, but I do know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle just makes me feel good. I’m so thankful that I lived a healthy lifestyle prior to getting pregnant, because I feel that’s what has motivated me to stay active and healthy now — exercise is one thing that makes me feel like myself.

20. What is the last healthy thing you did? I spent my lunch break at the gym today, doing this full-body workout, and walking on the treadmill.

 

What do you usually eat for lunch?

What is your current favorite workout?

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