Healthy Pregnancy – 29 Weeks

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How far along? 29 Weeks.

Baby Size: Acorn Squash

Weight gain: We are traveling this week, so no scale access. Last week I was hanging tight at 12.5lbs, but my belly had grown a full inch!

Maternity clothes? I am more committed to dabbling in the maternity clothes that I have; however, I would still prefer yoga pants. Most of my shirts are not long enough to cover my growing belly – thankfully Pat came home with some new shirts for me this week.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Heading up to Mammoth and finding new activities that are pregnancy safe. I have been wanting to go snowshoeing for years, but never got around to it. Now I can check that off my list of activities I have tried, and it was much safer than downhill skiing.unnamed-4

Miss Anything? Energy. I was cheated of energy! I did not get the second trimester burst until 18 weeks, and as soon as I hit 28 weeks exhaustion set in!

Movement: His activity is so different than it was a week ago. I am speculating that he is growing bigger so he does not have as much room for flips. I can still feel him moving around and adjusting a lot though.

Food cravings: I want a Mike’s Deli meatball sub. I should have gotten one while I was back in MA. What an amateur.

Gender: Boy!

Looking forward to: My doctor’s appointment this week. It is reassuring getting those check-ins and hearing that he is growing healthy.

This week has felt extremely exhausting to me. I have been eating and sleeping well, but it feels like I have been plunged back into my first trimester. Of course, I understand that our little guy is growing at an incredible rate, which is causing exhaustion. That being said, I have not gained an excess of weight, which I thought would be a big contributor to my energy levels. Even though I have lacked energy, I have gotten myself to stick to whatever workout I had planned each day, and it has increased my energy 10 fold.

Even though I have been waking up exhausted, having a plan has taken a lot of thinking out of energizing my day. On Tuesday, I genuinely considered skipping my run. I ended up getting out there, and am so happy I did because I had a personal best pregnancy pace. Friday, I went to the gym and had one of my best shoulder workouts in months! Beyond energizing me for the day, these workouts have left me with a sense of accomplishment, as well as pride knowing that these workouts are healthy for baby Durnan.

Two things you can control when it comes to pregnancy energy (let’s be serious, there is not much you can plan for when it comes to pregnancy or kids), are what you eat and how you exercise. Simply getting out for a 10 minute walk can boost your energy. Add in some energizing food and you will be amazed at the difference it will make. Some energizing food for me is:

-1/3 cup oatmeal, with strawberries and a scoop of nut butter.

-2 pieces bacon, 2 eggs with broccoli, and a half grapefruit.

-Greek yogurt with blueberries.

-Quest bar, sliced apple, and 2tbsp nut butter.

-Roasted veggies and sweet potato with breaded baked chicken:

  • Mix 1/3 cup almond flour with garlic salt and marjoram.
  • Dip chicken in egg whites then coat with flour and seasonings.
  • Bake at 425 for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is at least 160 degrees.unnamed-5

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