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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 35 Weeks

How far along? 35 Weeks

Baby Size: A pineapple

Weight gain: No scale this week or next week due to travel, but at least 32.5.

Maternity clothes? It’s finally been warm enough to wear dresses, so that’s pretty much been my staple.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Normally I workout in the morning, which lulls baby to sleep for a few hours. Yesterday, I didn’t workout until the evening and I could feel him kicking ALL DAY waiting for me to rock him to sleep.

Miss Anything? Breathing. This baby is huge (or so it seems!) and everything is so squished. I am looking forward to breathing air again. A whole lung full!

Movement: He’s so squirmy!

Food cravings: La Croix.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Breathing. Also, organizing everything for the baby in our new home.

Traveling So Late In Pregnancy

We are finally moving, and we are road tripping out to our new home. This is a two day (/10 day because we want to visit family and friends!) voyage. This can be rough when you’re pregnant, traveling with a pregnant woman, and/or traveling with a toddler.

Thankfully our little guy is overall pretty good on long car rides. We get out and play every few hours, and stop to pee every 20 minutes, so he gets a lot of time to stretch his legs.

As I am getting so close to the end of my pregnancy, my nutrition and fitness both feel extremely important to me. We packed a ton of snacks, including fruit, Quest bars, tons of water, La Croix, and anything we didn’t want to throw out when we packed up our house. I also have my BCAAs, electrolyte water, and protein powder with me. This means pre and post workout, I am well fueled.

I have a tentative plan for when I will do most of my workouts throughout our travel, ensuring I don’t lose much fitness during the move. This is extremely important to me as I near the end of my pregnancy, because I still want to keep up and help out with my toddler as long as possible. I also have the end goal of labor and delivery, and recovery. Working on my fitness, and maintaining decent nutrition, will ideally help me for these upcoming tasks.

One thing I have started doing on driving days, because being in a car, inactive for that long drives me crazy. Each time we stop I do some walking lunges, chase my son, swing him into the air, or do a 1:00 squat challenge. Whatever I can do to get my heart rate up in the short amount of time I have, without disrupting our trip. Otherwise, I make sure to either get up early and workout, or plan for a late workout and stick to it. Getting in activity in the morning, or knowing I will be working out that evening, encourages me to eat well to refuel or to get ready for my workout.

The hotels we have stayed at have weights, but if you are traveling and don’t have weights, try this pregnancy workout:

  • Elevated Push-Ups – 1:00
  • Donkey Kicks – 20 Total
  • Tricep Dips – 1:00
  • Walking Lunges – 20 Total
  • Wall Sit – 1:00

After you warm-up, complete 2-5 rounds of this workout, depending on fitness level. Remember, if you have the green light from your doctor, exercise is great for both you AND baby! You don’t have to do a crazy amount of exercise. Just do something. It is always more beneficial than nothing.

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 34 Weeks

How far along? 34 Weeks

Baby Size: A butternut squash

Weight gain: 32.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I’m busting out of all my maternity clothes. Baggy PJs, workout clothes, and dresses for the win!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Big brother saying “Hooray!” when we tell him he’s going to be a big brother. Even though he doesn’t really understand it, and he is repeating it from a book we read to him, it is super cute.

Miss Anything? Tolerating water. I remember this with our first born as well – I just can’t stand the taste of water. I have an electrolyte water everyday, and enjoy some La Croix, but in order to be sufficiently hydrated I need to be drinking regular water as well, and it’s a struggle right now.

Movement: So much movement, especially at night and after lunch. He has a lot of jumping around to do and I can feel him all over my belly. It’s not as centralized as my first pregnancy.

Food cravings: Oranges and mangos. All day, everyday. Still.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Packing up and hitting the road to settle into our new place. We will have a little over a week of travel before we arrive to our new place, but we are looking forward to visiting friends and family along the way!

Baby Registry

While we already have our first born and have been through the baby shower before, many of our friends are having their first baby. For some reason they trust our input and have asked us “what are the essentials needed for when baby arrives?” “What should we put on our registry?”

Of course, everyone is different and some of these things will vary, but there are a few things that I would definitely recommend to my friends that I was so happy to have, or wish we had sooner.

  • Crib or Bassinet (including mattress & sheets)
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Pack & Play – This isn’t a real necessity, but a really nice extra to have. We got one with a changing table and set it up downstairs. That way, our little one could nap downstairs, and we didn’t have to go upstairs every time he needed a diaper change.
  • Boppy – I found this incredibly helping with nursing and used it for most of the time I nursed our son, but especially at night. Beyond nursing, this was a great device for supervised tummy time, and for letting him rest at an angle after eating.
  • Nose Frieda – I know people are so grossed out by this, but it’s much more sanitary than the booger suction gadget from the hospital (though I used that too, so no judgement here), and it’s SO EASY to used and gets out some really giant boogers. I found this to be a much more efficient device when it came to getting that boogery nose clear.
  • Sleep Sheep – we wanted to have some sound to help our son fall asleep, but we didn’t want him to rely on noise to stay asleep throughout the entire night. This has a 20 & 45 minutes timer and four different sound options. It has velcro so you can attach it to the outside of the crib. As our son got older and it became safe, we were able to velcro it inside of his crib so that he can play with it when he wakes up.
  • Halo Sleep Sack – we liked these over simpler swaddles because as our son transitioned from being swaddled to arms out, this was a much simpler way to keep his body swaddled.
  • Rock & Play – we want our little guy to nap and sleep in his crib from the get-go this time, but this was such a lifesaver for me when I wanted to cook, clean, workout, or do anything quick where I needed both hands and full range of motion. I could keep it close by and rock it with my foot to help keep him calm, and still keep an eye on him while getting whatever I needed done. This was a lifesaver when it came to showering during deployment!
  • Baby Carrier – This was how I went food shopping with just one kid, so I know it will be clutch when it comes to having two kids. I always hated lugging that car seat around, so the baby carrier was a much better option for me. Again, this gave me function of my hands and was a real life saver when my little guy was having extra clingy days where he didn’t want to be put down. I’m pretty sure all babies go through that phase, so it was nice to be able to get some laundry done or even go for a walk with friends, while still being able to comfort my little one.

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 33 Weeks

How far along? 33 Weeks

Baby Size: A pineapple!

Weight gain: 28lbs

Maternity clothes? I think my maternity clothes are getting too small. All of my shirts are too short on me now. Looking forward to warmer weather so I just wear my dresses.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Pat getting to feel a ton of movement recently.

Miss Anything? Not feeling like a whale. Getting in and out of bed to pee 600x per night proves to be quite a task. As does getting up and down from the ground or off the couch. This big belly definitely limits my mobility!

Movement: He is super active now and gives me some good wallops while I’m driving.

Food cravings: Oranges and mangos. All day everyday.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Getting all settled in with our new doctor and seeing where baby will be born.

Eating For Two

Often times when it comes to eating less nutritious food, I will hear people say that pregnancy is the only time they can eat that. While I can see how people think that since pregnancy means weight gain, they think that eating junk food is good, I would argue that pregnancy is actually the WORST time to not focus on your nutrition.

Let me be clear: I’m not saying your food has to be full of nutrients 100% of the time that you are pregnant. That will make you crazy. I’m simply thinking that filling up on soda, fries, ice cream, and chocolate throughout an entire pregnancy does not offer a lot of vitamins and minerals to growing baby. This is a vital time for baby and we all want what is best for our baby. Body image aside, nutrients are super important for a growing fetus. This is when their brain begins to grow, and all of their limbs and organ begin to develop. Feeding that growth with vitamins seems like a vital move to me.

I am often shocked when people harmlessly offer out this advice. Being pregnant isn’t about body image. It isn’t about “letting yourself go” or eating whatever you want because you “get to be fat”. It’s about growing a human. It’s a really important job and getting vitamins and minerals is super important. Of course having some fries, or chocolate from time to time is no issue. Just like when you are not pregnant.

It is all a balancing act between your sanity and your health. I simply think the “excuse” of being pregnant is not the best reason to eat nutrient void food. In fact, I think it’s one of the most important times to be aware of your nutrition and focus on getting vitamin rich food where possible. Don’t let your pregnancy or your kids be your excuse for overeating junk food and being sedentary. Instead, let them be your motivation to take care of yourself and fill your body with vitamin rich food to help THEM grow and help YOU have the energy to take care of them!

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 32 Weeks

How far along? 32 Weeks

Baby Size: A Squash! He’s over 4lbs at this point.

Weight gain: 26.5lbs

Maternity clothes? Rocking them daily and looking forward to warmer weather so I can just wear some dresses.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Having one last ultrasound last Friday. He has gone from the 98th percentile to 60th percentile. I asked if that was a concerning drop but that doctors said that is much more normal based on my son’s birth and much more manageable from a giving birth standpoint.

Miss Anything? My limbs not falling asleep while I’m trying to sleep.

Movement: He is getting really crazy and loves to party from about 9-11PM. He also somehow manages to kick my bladder and the top of my uterus at the same time.

Food cravings: Oranges. Mangos. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Dying for a really good, huge, veggie sandwich.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Getting to our new home to settle in and meet the medical team that I will be with when I actually have this baby.

Preparing to Move

As we get ready for our big move in less than three weeks, I am pretty much sitting here feeling content. I know a lot of people get stressed about moving and my husband encouraged me to write about how I prepare for our moves. Mostly, how I plan to remain healthy during our move. I told him I have nothing to offer because it doesn’t stress me out, but he reminded me that it’s because I already have everything planned in my head.

I forget sometimes that planning is so second nature to me I don’t realize I am doing it. Here’s what I have done so far to prepare for our move.

I have already set up my doctor’s appointment for the day after we arrive. This gives me 20 days to get my insurance all caught up with my doctors, since that always seems to be a nightmare. I have also mentally decided some of the staples I will cook and freeze for after the baby arrives (banana muffins & pancakes, vitamin loaf, and chili to name a few). Those first few weeks of delirious exhaustion are no joke, and the only thing that got me through it with our first born is lots of help and nutritious food on hand. I can only pretend to imagine how much more tired I will be having two children to take care of, so my nutrition is extremely important to me.

We will have a 10 day trip to get from our house now to our new residence. We will leave on a Wednesday and stay in a hotel that night. I plan to do a workout at the hotel gym that evening after we have settled in and put our little guy down to bed. Normally I would workout first thing in the morning before a long road trip, but we will be at 9,000 feet elevation that morning and breathing is barely an option for me now, so I doubt I’ll function very well at that elevation. If we get in too late on Wednesday then I will do my weighted workout first thing Thursday morning before we leave. Thursday evening we will arrive at our family’s house, and I plan to have one or two sets of weights in the car with us. I can do my weighted workout first thing Friday morning before a day full of activities that I’m already planning. Monday morning I will do the same before we head north of LA to visit our friends. Since I will be visiting one of my friends who is also a Fitness With Kristen member, I know we will find time to get our workout in that Wednesday before I leave. My group also has travel workouts, so if I don’t end up bringing my weights with me, I know I’ll be covered with plenty of body weight workouts that I can do on the road.

Since I have an outline of my workouts, I know I will want to eat well because I don’t like feeling bogged down during my workouts. I always pack tons of snacks for our road trips, and when we stop I usually focus on getting protein and some veggies and/or fruit with each meal. This could look like a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon (or avocado), lettuce, tomato, and some fruit on the side. I might opt for a burger with lettuce, tomato, and a side salad. These are easy enough to get on the go and they fill be up without bogging me down. I also focus on getting a TON of hydration in to ensure I don’t have super swollen limbs by time we arrive to our destination. I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant when we arrive to our new home, so I would like to be as comfortable as possible when we arrive, which means hydrating well throughout the trip.

In terms of our arrival, I have already set our son up for swim lessons and put him on a waitlist for the development center. On the front end, I have already informed his school of his last day and sorted through all of the baby clothes we have in the house so that everything will be ready for when we arrive. All of the newborn clothes will come in the car with us in case there is a delay in household goods being delivered, or if the baby decides to arrive early. Otherwise, there does not seem to be much left for us to do except to finish all the perishables in the house.

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 31 Weeks

How far along? 31 Weeks

Baby Size: Coconut

Weight gain: 28lbs

Maternity clothes? Rocking some sweet maternity jorts and comfortable maternity shirts. I’m pretty sure I’ll be ending out this pregnancy in dresses.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Hearing baby’s heartbeat and witnessing him give the nurse a hard time and move around every time she got him on the monitor.

Miss Anything? Feeling pretty good this week. I’ll be cutting back on running a bit and I know that will be a struggle for me.

Movement: There is a ton of flipping and rolling going on now. He especially enjoys La Croix.

Food cravings: I have had an increased appetite/need to graze all day. I wasn’t making the best choices (hello dark chocolate and chips!). I did some major meal prep on Tuesday to ensure I could fill baby and me up on vitamins. Chocolate and chips aren’t a problem from time to time, but I was noticing I wanted them everyday. Meal prep has helped curb that!

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: We have on final ultrasound tomorrow to see if baby is still measuring in the 98th percentile. I am looking forward to seeing him

Slowing Down

I feel that before I jump into this, I have to make a few “disclaimers” if you will. First, it seems I am setting a habit of having pretty uneventful pregnancies, except for one major drama. Second, I pass everything I do by my doctors and if anything feels off I always err on the side of caution. I know there can be a lot of internet doctors who get concerned, but I assure you I communicate with my Drs and always ask them if I should be slowing down or cutting back. They are always up to date on what my activity levels are.

This weekend was definitely interesting. For the most part, I have been sticking to 3-4 mile runs, 4 days per week. I stick to my treadmill now, as I don’t want to be too far from the house (I had some Braxton-Hicks a month or so ago while out on a run, and they took longer than I felt comfortable with to calm down, even when I stopped to walk). I stop each mile and take at least a 40 second break during my treadmill runs. Everything has felt fine and I have made sure to eat before I run, drink 20oz of water before I run, and drink an electrolyte water after each run.

Last week I had been feeling pretty good and wanted to meet up with a local running group for one last group run before tapping out for the rest of pregnancy. We kept the pace nice and slow – a little slower than I do on the treadmill. We stopped a little under a mile in (pee break) and around mile 3 to assess how we felt. We all caught our breath then continued on. I did my normal breakfast and water beforehand, had water with me in the car, and drank an electrolyte water upon returning from the run. We did a total of 6.25 miles and I felt great the whole run, but my pubis bone was pretty sore afterward, which is what I expected. I knew based on that that I had made the right call and would no longer be doing longer than 4 miles, and would be keeping it to the treadmill from here on in.

It was a somewhat warm run, in the 50s with all sunshine and no wind. My legs are starting to get noticeably bigger so I chaffed during one of my runs earlier that week, and again during that run. Later that morning I had some errands to run with my son. I showered and got ready. As I sat down to pee for the 258049 time before heading out I noticed the tiniest bit of blood in my underwear. Few things can make me panic like blood during pregnancy. I told my husband about it and he asked if I was worried. It seemed like such a minimal amount but I told him I would keep an eye on it. This was around 10:30.

We went our separate ways and I continued to push fluids. As my son and I were out on our errands I was feeling cramps in my abdomen. I was beginning to get a bit panicked so we went back home and settled in to watch some Thomas. I figured if I kicked my feet up and pushed fluids it would go away. The cramping wasn’t bad. It felt like really mild period cramping. If I hadn’t seen the blood earlier I probably would not be as worried. By 11:30 I called triage and they told me to drop in just for peace of mind. I called my husband and we packed up our son (right before nap time) and shuttled down to the hospital.

Once we were all checked in and I told the nurses everything, I gave them a urine sample and they hooked me up to some monitors. They wanted to monitor baby and my uterus. Baby sounded healthy and normal. They were also pleased to see that my urine sample seemed very hydrated. We stayed for a few hours and they did notice that my uterus was “irritated”. They did a few exams to ensure that I wasn’t progressing or going into labor. I continued to push fluids and even though I could no longer feel any cramping my uterus continued to be irritated. Turns out the blood was just from the chaffing (I cannot roll my eyes enough at myself for this one), but I probably would not have gone in just for cramping, so I am glad it was there to get me into the hospital.

After talking to the midwife and nurse, they think that my body was just telling me I overdid it. No more longer runs, and especially no more running without breaks. I asked them if they thought it best for me to just stop running completely. They told me it definitely wasn’t necessary, I just needed to cut back. Something about that longer run, even though it felt OK during the run, did not agree with my body. I was even told that if I stopped running before I really needed to that I would probably go crazy (I feel like this team really gets me). They also said they have a lot of elite athletes who go through there during their pregnancies, and sometimes their body gives them this signal. So, slow down, but I don’t have to just sit on the couch for the rest of my pregnancy.

I rested for the rest of the day, making sure to really push fluids. I always rest on Sundays, so that was easy enough to continue doing. On Monday, I normally run and do my FWK workout, but this Monday I stuck to just my workout. On Tuesday I did a 2-mile treadmill run and rested a lot more throughout the run. Even though my body felt fine DURING that longer run on Saturday, it was definitely signaling to me AFTERWARD that it was not up for that level of activity anymore. I will listen!

The whole point of running and exercising, for me, during pregnancy, is to stay healthy and keep my baby healthy. When my body indicates it’s time to cut back, I will always do that. I have no interest in putting either of us at risk for an extra mile, or an extra rep. I have nothing to prove. My goal is to get to childbirth, survive it, have a healthy baby, and recover well. Pushing too hard, or ignoring my body’s signals to slow down will ultimately detract from that goal. If you’re having to slow down during pregnancy, embrace it. It can be really difficult, but scaling is not the end of the world. Slowing down is not the end of the world. If it’s what your body needs, you will always benefit from listening to that!

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 30 Weeks

How far along? 30 Weeks

Baby Size: Zucchini.

Weight gain: 25lbs

Maternity clothes? Looking forward to dress weather. For now, enjoying my frumpy maternity jeans (all of my cute maternity jeans ride down a ton).

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: How active baby boy has been and Pat being able to feel all the strong tumbles and jabs.

Miss Anything? Feeling like I actually sleep at night. I toss and turn so much that I feel like I never actually sleep. Pat assures me that I am most definitely going into some deep sleeps though.

Movement: He has been quite rowdy this week with lots of strong jabs coming out of my stomach. His strength over the next 10 weeks should be fun to feel…

Food cravings: Nothing really this week. Mostly just trying to eat every few hours and get in quality protein and vegetables so I’m not getting overly hungry.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: We have another ultrasound next week since baby is measuring so big. I’m looking forward to seeing him one more time before the big day!

What’s The Big Deal With Diastasis Recti?

Hopefully, if you are pregnant or have had children, you have heard of diastasis recti. If you have not, here’s the scoop: simply put, diastasis recti is a separation between your right and left rectus abdominis (your abdominal wall) that is more than 2.5 finger widths apart. Roughly one-third of pregnant women have diastasis recti. Some degree of abdominal separation in pregnancy is normal as your uterus grows to accommodate baby.

When you get to that larger gap, referred to as diastasis recti (DR), the uterus, bowels, and other organs no longer have the abdominal wall to hold them in. Instead, there is only a band of connective tissue. This condition can cause lower back pain, pelvic dysfunction (including, but not limited to leaking urine), constipation, and in extreme conditions hernia can occur. DR can often look like a “mommy pooch”. You can work to strengthen the area, thereby decreasing the gap. It’s also important to know the risk factors (beyond pregnancy) that can cause this condition.

Other reasons your abdominal separation from pregnancy may worsen to DR are: having more than one child – especially close in age, carrying a large baby, carrying multiples, and being pregnant over 35 are some risk factors. There are also exercises that can worsen the gap during pregnancy and after baby is born. These include:

  • frontal planks and their variations
  • full burpees
  • crunches and their variations
  • full push-ups
  • Russian twists
  • Any exercise that causes your belly to “cone” or puts pressure on the midline (including leg lifts and v-ups)
  • Lifting weights that cause you to push your belly out

Though this feels like a lot of limitations, there are still plenty of exercises you CAN do during pregnancy to keep your midline safe and continue to strengthen your core for birth and after birth. These include:

  • Elevated planks and their low impact variations (on a counter or wall) until you see coning. If you have any coning in an elevated position, eliminate this exercise from your routine for now.
  • Elevated push-ups (on a counter or wall). If you see coning eliminate these as well until your core is stronger.
  • Side planks and their variations (avoid twisting variations, such as thread through).
  • Seated heel slides (can also be done laying down, postpartum).
  • Standing pelvic tilts (can also be done laying down, postpartum).
  • Heel drops (postpartum).
  • Squat to overhead twist.

Now that you know some basics when it comes to exercises one should avoid in pregnancy and exercises one can perform to help strengthen the transverse abdominis, how do you test for DR? Simply lay on your back with your legs bent so your feet are flat and near your bottom. Tilt your head to look at your pelvis. Place your fingers on the center line running from your belly button. Point your fingers down toward your pelvis as you place them on your midline. This means your fingers will be vertical. Put your fingers next to each other in the midline gap. If you have more than 2 fingers width of gap, this is considered DR.

Try not to panic if you do have DR. You can work with your muscles to decrease the gap and restore proper function. Instead, take the proper precautions during your pregnancy to avoid increasing the gap. Allow your body time to heal postpartum, and slowly incorporate some of the approved exercises above to help activate your transverse abdominis.

Here are some exercises I did after having my son and it helped immensely:

Other great resources on DR:

http://www.thefitmomsplan.com/blog

http://beyondfitmom.com/how-to-heal-your-diastasis-recti/

http://beyondfitmom.com/diastasis-recti-exercises/

http://www.pregnancyexercise.co.nz/does-your-diastasis-need-to-close-for-optimal-function/

 

 

 

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 29 Weeks

How far along? 29 Weeks

Baby Size: Acorn squash. Over 2.5lbs.

Weight gain: 25lbs

Maternity clothes? Just wishing I could live in workout shorts and tanks. Except, that we just got snow and it’s super cold.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Feeling how active the baby gets when I carry big brother!

Miss Anything? Overall functionality. It’s getting more difficult to dress my son, or change his diaper, or put him in his crib, or change my socks. I still have the range of motion to do it, but I don’t anticipate it lasting much longer.

Movement: Definitely some limbs jabbing out here and there. He’s pretty calm during the day, unless big brother is sitting on my belly.

Food cravings: Oranges. I can’t get enough!

Gender: Boy number 2!

Looking forward to: Hearing our little guy’s heartbeat today and finding out how everything is progressing.

Sleeping In Pregnancy

If I am being completely honest, I never had issues sleeping during my first pregnancy. I slept like a rock and was able to fall right back to sleep despite my 600 night time trips to the bathroom. This is NOT the case with this pregnancy. I feel like a cat with all of the position changes I need. I get super hot just being alive, and random body parts fall asleep before I do, which is extremely uncomfortable.

Here’s what I have been doing to help my sleep. First, I try to get in some exercise most days. This might just be a long/slow walk on my rest days, or it could be a run or FWK workout. Getting in that activity, despite how tired I feel some days, perks me up during the day and helps me go into a deeper sleep at night.

Next, besides exercise, I make it a point to have some sleepy time tea each night. I usually drink it earlier, around 8:30. It’s when I begin my wind down. That way, if I am trying to sleep by 10, I can pee most of it out by then! Drinking this tea calms me, and doing it each night gets me into a bedtime routine. We have children on bed time routines. Why not have one ourselves? It triggers our bodies that we will in fact be going to sleep soon.

Third, I eat a big dinner. We usually eat around 5:30. I used to have a snack before bed but I think it was keeping me up trying to digest it. I also would wake up in the middle of the night super hungry if I didn’t have the snack, which would then keep me up! This week I have been eating more at dinner and skipping my snack. I have been falling asleep easier, so I think this is working. I’m also not waking up in the middle of the night hungry.

Fourth, I read before bed. I find a book that I look forward to reading, but that I am not so engrossed in that I cannot put it down. This helps me to get tired but to put the book down once I need to sleep. This also gives me time to hit the bathroom 1600 times before I attempt to fall asleep.

Finally, I sleep in very light clothing. With my first pregnancy I was able to open the window and freeze my husband out. This time, I’m trying to be kinder, but also we have a child in the house who I cannot freeze out without guilt. We also live in a much colder climate this time, so I think the open window would definitely not be appreciated. This means I need to stay cool, but I’m definitely that person who needs some kind of blanket on me despite being super hot. I sleep in very light clothing and just use the sheet as needed.

These simple steps don’t take long, but they help me to sleep better. The days when I get in a great workout I get a nice deep sleep that evening. Being well hydrated and well nourished, without eating too close to bed, also helps me get a nice deep sleep. Do you struggle to sleep in pregnancy? What helps you?

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 28 Weeks

How far along? 28 Weeks – Hello 3rd trimster!

Baby Size: An Egglplant

Weight gain: 26lbs. I think some of this is water retention from flying yesterday. I’ll keep an eye this week and see how it goes.

Maternity clothes? Yes. I found some cute skinny jeans so I can feel like a human. Otherwise, workout shorts and tanks for me!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Having our last flight as a family of 3! It was tiring, so I can only imagine how tiring it will be next year with two!

Miss Anything? I really miss leaning over my son’s crib. I like to be able to lean over and comfort him.

Movement: He’s quite active, especially at night. Dad has been able to feel tons of movement this week.

Food cravings: I have been really into veggie sandwiches this week. Gotta get those vitamins I guess!

Gender: Boy number 2!

Looking forward to: Normal hunger signals. I am back to feeling full until I am famished. There is no in between. I hate that!

Eats & Workouts In Seattle

This past week my husband and I packed up our little guy and headed out to Seattle for a family trip. It was our last flight with an only child and I think that made me a little calmer for all of his shenanigans. Is that weird? We arrived on Thursday late afternoon. Since it was a noon flight, I got up in the morning to get in a run before packing up the car for the airport. I mentioned last week, I will not longer be doing outdoor runs, so I wanted to make sure I got in at least one run before we left in case there were no treadmills at the hotel.

We started the trip off right by grabbing some brunch at Root Down while at the airport. I have been dying to try this place, and it lived up to all the hype. I got eggs benedict on gluten free bread with a side of arugula salad. It was the perfect amount of food and SO good. I made sure to pack snacks, including homemade blueberry muffins, sweet potato pancakes, and Quest bars for the flight. The blueberry muffins came in handy for our little guy. Once we arrived in Seattle, we checked into our hotel then walked to meet a friend for dinner at Searious Pie & Biscuit. I typically eat gluten free for sensitivity reasons. This restaurant didn’t have much in the way of gluten free options so I ordered a salad with prosciutto.

On Friday we all woke up together. I went down to the gym for a quick 20-minute Fitness With Kristen Bathing Suit Challenge workout while the boys had the hotel provided breakfast. I was done in 25 minutes, so I stopped by the breakfast room to grab some fruit. I brought my protein powder with me, as well as my BCAAs. I had my BCAAs during my workout, then had a protein shake + banana 30 minutes after my workout (we were planning on brunch soon thereafter). Once I got back to the room we all went to the pool to splash around a bit before heading to brunch at Portage Bay Café. I cannot say enough good things about this place. I was going to order the hash, but changed my mind last minute for an omelet with crab, avocado, and veggies. The omelet was SO GOOD, but my husband ordered the hash and I was hugely disappointed that I missed out. It had a TON of veggies that were cooked perfectly, some corn beef (you could choose what meat you wanted), topped with two eggs. Thankfully, he couldn’t finish the whole thing, so I got to eat it for leftovers on Sunday. We spent the afternoon being tourists at Pike Place, then had some late appetizers at Local 360, which was decent. They had a lot of gluten free options, but we went at a weird time, so there was not as much to choose from. I ordered chicken wings and mussels. They were no PEI mussels, but the wings were really good. That night for dinner we ordered from a local hole in the wall, where I got a chicken pesto sandwich with tomatoes.

We spent Friday night at our friend’s place, so Saturday I did some MetCons first thing in the morning then we all went for a long walk. We had brunch at Capitol Cider, which was also amazing. I had snacked in the morning, but I was pretty hangry by time we arrived. I ordered beef hash which had kale, sweet potato, and a bunch of other veggies, topped with poached eggs + zucchini bread French toast. I cannot even describe how amazing this was. We went for a lake walk in a park nearby (I have no idea what it was called) then went to a brewery. We picked up lunch from Homegrown on our way there. I ordered a cobb salad and spent a lot of the time chasing our toddler around. That night our friends made dinner and it was unbelievable. It was rice, beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, salad lettuce, and a sauce called “yummy dressing” which had no dairy or gluten. It was sooooo good and I probably could have eaten 10 bowls.

On Sunday we had a lazy morning, watching TV and hanging out. My breakfast started early with the leftover hash from Friday. Later in the morning our friends made bomb smoothies and I had some apples and peanut butter with my little guy. Once we packed up and left, we went out to West Seattle and I got some gluten free pork tacos from Marination Ma Kai. It was loaded with red cabbage slaw and was delicious. The pork was a little dry for me, but I almost always feel that way about pork, which is why I don’t eat it often. We drove around and explored the area for a while, before heading out to see family. They made us a nutritious homemade dinner of crockpot chicken, salad, rice, sautéed broccoli, and fruit. Even though we had been eating pretty healthy, it was still nice to enjoy a nutritious home cooked meal.

Monday morning we woke up back at a hotel, and went straight to breakfast. I was starving upon waking so I had sausage, eggs, and a gluten free bagel before heading in to do my workout. For my workout on Monday, I grabbed some heavy weights and did the following:

Circuit x3

  • Bosu Squat – 10
  • Bicep Curl – 10
  • Bosu Reverse Lunge – 10 each side
  • Ovehead press – 10

Lateral Raises – 10×3

Superset x3

  • Chest fly – 12
  • Seated 90 degree shoulder raise – 10

Tricep Extensions – 10

Afterward, I refueled with my final serving of protein powder mixed into water. I met the boys at the pool where they had made friends with another child with a football. They were having a great time and it was so fun to watch. We took a ferry over to Bainbridge Island later in the morning. I ordered a bacon & veggie sandwich from Fork and Spoon. It was OK, but definitely the largest gluten free bread I have come across. We also found an awesome gluten free bakery where I got a morning glory muffin, which had shredded carrots and sunflower seeds in it. I snacked on it throughout the afternoon, but it was definitely the most sugary thing I ate all week. We had some fun at the children’s museum, with a brief break to drive around and let the little one sleep. We went out to eat at Razzi’s Pizza where I ordered a side salad with a gluten free gyro pizza. Honestly, neither were great. The gyro meat gave me heartburn.

Tuesday was our last day to gallivant, but we had a very sick toddler in tow by this point. The boys went to breakfast again while I went down for a run. I was going to do 3 miles, but I was so worried about my little guy so I cut it short at 1.5 miles. I went to the breakfast room after where I had a gluten free bagel, eggs, sausage, and a banana. I would prefer some veggies or berries in the morning, but that’s what I had to work with before sugar loaded breakfast foods (cereal, cinnamon rolls, flavored yogurt, etc). We drove around to explore for a while before meeting family at Maggie Bluffs. It was right on the water and had a really fun vibe. I was happy to see they had gluten free options. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich that came with fresh mozzarella, sweet basil, tomatoes, and a creamy pesto. I ordered a split pea salad with it, but it was too much food so I didn’t get to that. We spent some extra time with family, then hit up Whole Foods for some travel snacks. We picked up Enjoy Life bars, Be Good bars, and some crackers made with almond flour. Dinner that night was at the hotel restaurant during happy hour. I had duck bacon skins and shrimp tacos. I definitely would have enjoyed some more vegetable options on my last day.

We had a blast on our trip, I got to exercise without taking time away from my family, and I enjoyed delicious food without making myself sick or sacrificing my fitness goals. We love to travel and I have no interest in sacrificing my fun for some diet. I also have no interest in sacrificing my health or sanity for travel. The balance took me a long time to find, but I feel confident that baby and I still consumed a lot of nutrients on this trip, and still had a good dose of exercise without sacrificing family time.

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 27 Weeks

How far along? 27 Weeks

Baby Size: A head of lettuce

Weight gain: 22.5

Maternity clothes? Yes! I refuse to stretch out my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’ll also be rocking lots of leggings this week + my workout shorts.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Big brother pointing to my belly and saying “baby”. He’s been doing it for a while now but he mostly would scream no. Now he smiles!

Miss Anything? I really miss putting my little guy in his crib without all of the oxygen being knocked out of my lungs.

Movement: Very active, especially after big brother goes to bed. He likes to flip and twist as I lay in bed winding down.

Food cravings: Oranges. I also made some blueberry muffins yesterday that I’m pretty obsessed with.

Gender: Boy number 2!

Looking forward to: I’m starting to get anxious about finding a doctor in Monterey and figuring out where we will be living. I want to visualize where he will be sleeping and playing. Right now I am picturing our house in Ventura, which is not where we will be!

Running Update

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to take a hiatus from running. I only run for the joy of it, and it was brining me no joy. I was feeling sluggish and dreading my runs. Since I am definitely not training for a race right now, I decided I would take a break. This typically happens to me in the summer as I truly despise running in heat. I took two weeks off and now I am back to it.

Last week I went out for my second run and my pubis bone was really hurting. This isn’t uncommon, and I remember it happening with my son. I had asked my doctor about it during that pregnancy and he said it was normal and that I would have no long term damage if I continued running. It appears he was right as I continued to run through that pregnancy and had no issues afterward. In my first pregnancy though, I was able to spend more time recovering. I cannot really afford to have a day of pain that makes walking difficult when I have a toddler to chase after, a business to run, and a house I attempt to keep presentable. When I went on that run, not only did my pubis bone feel uncomfortable, but also I began to have Braxton hicks contractions. Again, this is not uncommon. I stopped to walk, but I could still feel the tightness. I was not too far from home, but since walking was not alleviating the contractions, I called my husband to come pick me up as I knew I needed to hydrate.

Since then I have been sticking to the treadmill. I am happy to be back running, but the combination of the pavement and the Braxton hicks contractions makes us both feel more comfortable with me at the house. If I get any discomfort again, I am right at home and can pop inside to hydrate and rest as needed. So far I have not had any more incidents and I have been focusing on my hydration. My number one priority is always my baby, so I would never put him at risk. My number two priority is me. I am not going to risk long term damage just to say I ran a few extra weeks in my pregnancy. I say it all the time, and I try hard to practice what I preach: listen to your body. This pregnancy has been much different than my first pregnancy. That means that just because I ran 37 weeks into my first pregnancy, does not mean I expect to do that this time. If I can, wonderful, but I will not be pushing my body to do something it does not feel right doing. I would rather take a few months off and have years of future running.

If I do have to stop running altogether during this pregnancy, I will stick to my walks and my Fitness With Kristen workouts. I have been getting stronger through this pregnancy, and though I will likely need to decrease weight at some point, I am still feeling strong! Pregnancy is a great time to stay active (with the green light from your doctor), even if that means changing how you stay active. If I can only walk or swim by the end of my pregnancy, I will be happy to have been healthy enough to remain active during pregnancy.

 

Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 26 Weeks

How far along? 26 Weeks

Baby Size: An eggplant

Weight gain: 20lbs

Maternity clothes? I’m hoping with the warmer weather I can stick to dresses and workout capris.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Pat is starting to feel baby move more. I forgot how fun that is for me to experience.

Miss Anything? Normal taste buds. It’s amazing how different each pregnancy is! The “honeymoon” of this pregnancy only lasted about three weeks. Now I feel like I’m in the third trimester already with taste buds gone haywire, and less energy than I had at this point in my first pregnancy.

Movement: Pretty active little guy, especially when I lay in bed at night. He’s not as active as I remember big brother being, but that could be because I have an anterior placenta. It might also be because he’s a calmer kid. A mom can dream!

Food cravings: I mostly look forward to my post workout breakfast (oatmeal, berries, peanut butter, and peanut butter chocolate protein powder) and egg casserole. Otherwise I’m just surviving. I threw out half of a meal the other day (very unlike me) because I couldn’t stand the taste.

Gender: Boy number 2!

Looking forward to: This will sound bonkers, but I’m looking forward to going into labor on my own this time. I was induced with my son, and obviously labor will hurt either way, but I am looking forward being able to labor at home for a bit and have a different experience. I did not enjoy being strapped to machines and bed ridden the whole time. Of course I know I may still not have this experience, but I am looking forward to the possibility of it.

Glucose Tolerance Test Alternatives

For anyone who followed my first pregnancy you may remember that I believe screening for Gestational Diabetes is extremely important. Testing for gestational diabetes is important because some women who are seemingly healthy end up having gestational diabetes. According to Mayo Clinic, if gestational diabetes is not properly managed, the baby may be at increased risk of excessive birth weight, preterm birth and respiratory distress syndrome, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or type 2 diabetes. Complications for Mom can include high blood pressure and preeclampsia, and future diabetes. This is of course something that I want to be aware of and control for the best health of baby and me.

My issue is with the drink prescribed to screen for this: Glucola. This ingredients and amount of sugar in this are similar to that of a soda. I cannot recall the last time I drank soda, and I am certainly not willing to drink soda while I’m pregnant. This is an important time for my baby to be getting the best nutrients possible for growth and development. I don’t want to throw those nutrients away on sugar water.

Further, there is never a time in my life, let alone pregnancy, where I would consume this much sugar in one sitting. Therefore, I am looking at not only getting really sick from the side effects, but an unrealistic situation altogether. Thankfully, there are alternatives, you just have to ask (and sometimes push back).

During my first pregnancy I asked what my alternatives were (and I started the discussion early) and was told there were “no good alternatives”. While I respect that this medical professional had an opinion, I was asking for my alternatives, not her opinion on the alternatives. After that conversation I went home and did tons of research on what I could do in place of drink Glucola. At my next appointment I went in with my solutions and was met with less resistance. This time I started the conversation more bluntly, telling them I was not willing to drink Glucola, but was willing to do what I did in my first pregnancy.

The way I see it, there are two alternatives to drinking Glucola:

  • Use a glucometer to monitor your sugar levels upon waking in the morning and 1-2 hours after eating.
  • Consume a real food that is high in natural sugars. Think bananas, grapes, or other food from the earth that is high in sugar. Ask your doctor.

I opted for the first route. I have been monitoring my glucose levels for the past week, and will continue to do so until the doctor says otherwise. This way I can see how my body is truly reacting to the food I normally eat. If I am having spikes in my blood sugar then, at least I know it is not a false positive. I have not changed my diet at all during this time, so I know I am getting the most accurate data regarding how my body is reacting to food.

What can you do? First, I recommend doing your research. You don’t have to have the same beliefs as me. If you are OK with drinking Glucola, go for it! If you dread it and have been wondering if there is an alternative: there is! Have a frank conversation with your doctor, and go to them with some ideas and an open mind. It is your body and your baby – you have to be the number 1 advocate.