This is the first in an ongoing series with people who inspire me, whether it be in health and fitness, nursing, faith…
Today you will meet my coworker and friend Monique! She is one of the cutest pregnant people who I’ve ever seen! She is a super sweet, funny, and honest gal. She is more than willing to answer any of our questions about pregnancy at work and we come up with some good ones. 🙂 She is due at any time now and kicked butt working to her 39th week of pregnancy. In nursing that seems super tough since we are on our feet constantly. When I asked her if I could interview her for the blog, she said “All I’ve got is time, Amy”. She is just anxiously awaiting and nesting before the arrival of her first child. Enjoy!
Ames: So, this babe will arrive any minute now?! Ready?
Monique: I have never been so ready for this babe to arrive!
A: What workout tips do you have for mommas-to-be?
Monique: Do what feels right for you!
Working the night shift was great for me, it allowed me to rest during most of the day and still fit in workouts.
I am the type of person who needs to do some type of workout daily. Before I was pregnant I would run A LOT almost religiously, do weights, and my favorite hot yoga! Have you heard that saying “No run = cranky + moody” well that is me.
Once I became pregnant I made it a point to continue to stay active. I struggled with the idea of modifying my workouts, but it is just what you have to do when carrying a human in your belly!
My weekly workout: brisk walks outside or use my treadmill on incline 3 x’s a week for at least 30 minutes, light weights, and 20 minutes of prenatal yoga. I also love using my exercise ball 🙂
I also practice breathing techniques as well as affirmations that have been my workouts for my mental health. They truly have been beneficial in preparation for labor.
My advice would be to do what makes you feel the best and most comfortable, just get that blood flowing! If that is walking at the mall for an hour while shopping with some friends do it girl!
A: Was it hard to work until 39 weeks?
Monique: I had an exceptionally great pregnancy just a few minor issues near the end as most pregnant women experience. I probably could have worked until 40 weeks but I think it is important to take some time to yourself if you are able to. I believe that staying active and being healthy pre-pregnancy contributed to me being able to work up until 39 weeks.
But everyone is different!
For me stopping work at 39 weeks was a good decision, not only do you need to prepare physically for labor but mentally. Taking time to myself has been beneficial for my husband and I to truly enjoy each other and nest.
A: Favorite thing about being a nurse?
Monique: Nursing is more than a career path for me it is a lifestyle that I have chosen for myself not only at work but outside of work. I decided to become a nurse after I had already earned a degree. I started nursing school at 24 years old and knew that it was my calling in life.
I love being able to connect with others in a holistic manner and be able to provide personalized care to help them reach their optimal goals to a healthy path. Nursing has enriched my life and made me a better person through the life stories and experiences of my patients. An added bonus is being able to make awesome friends who lift me up and support me everyday! I feel like I am continually learning and feeding my brain as well as staying active which is so appealing to me.
A: I’ve seen you eating healthy in the break room, what is your favorite healthy dish?
Monique: My favorite healthy meal is stir fry. I LOVE stir fry because you can throw any type of veggies in that you love and it always tastes good. With stir fry you can also change up the protein depending on what you are craving. My favs to alternate are tofu, chicken, or beef. There are so many stir fry recipes out there so give it a try.
A: What did you crave during your pregnancy? Was it harder to eat healthy?
Monique: I did not care for sweets as much pre-pregnancy and had more self-control around them. I noticed I’ve had cravings for ice cream. I am not going to lie, I let myself indulge here and there. I think it is important to treat yourself in moderation 🙂
On the flip side all I want is pineapple guess that is good!
Monique: My favorite snacks while being pregnant have been pineapple, oranges, and cantaloupe.
Tell us about your blog.
Monique: I have been an avid blogger for years, I love writing about the goings on of my life to share with friends/family. My favorite part is keeping in touch with friends overseas through blogging (Monique’s blog is private, she does it to connect with her friends and family).
Monique promised to keep us updated on how the labor and recovery process goes! I know she is going to rock it. Cannot wait to see her little babe!