Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
I get a lot of questions about how pregnancy is going and so I wanted to do a blog update. 🙂 One suggestion that my sister had was to take lots of bump pictures along the way. She regretted that she hadn’t documented her pregnancy journey more. To further encourage me she even bought these adorable Lucy Darling Shop stickers, similar to these Lucy Darling Shop Pregnancy Belly Sticker – Floral Design – Weeks 8 – 40 (12 stickers).
Here is the thing about pregnancy: everyone’s experience is very different. This is mine.
I have thoroughly enjoyed, I would even say loved pregnancy thus far. As I mentioned in the previous baby update I had close to zero nausea and my only real symptom in the first trimester was fatigue. That one flew by and we were just excited to share the news with everyone.
The second trimester was when my body started changing. It is hard to know exactly how you are going to feel about your growing body until you experience it. It has been a lot easier for me to embrace our growing bump than I thought it was going to be. I have worked out consistently and ate well, this has given me peace of mind to know our babe is getting a healthy start and whatever I’m gaining our little babe needs.
If I’m ever feeling “big”, I always make myself mentally rephrase my thoughts. My pregnancy mantra has been “your baby is growing and getting stronger everyday, he or she is getting ready to come meet you!” This has continued to work every step of the way.
I do have to say that when I started out, I thought I would be at the lower end of the recommended pregnancy weight gain. As a woman that started at a “normal” weight, it is recommended that I gain 25-35 pounds. I thought, perfect I’ll gain 25…thank you. I knew I was going to continue to eat healthfully and workout. Well, I have to report I’m on pace to gain more towards the higher end of that range. In the beginning of pregnancy I continued to weigh myself once a week as I did pre-pregnancy. My co-workers would sing Frozen’s “Let it Go” song to me as they knew I was keeping careful tabs. A far better strategy for me has been to weigh myself about once a month around the time I go to the OB. This helps me to have a healthy weight gain mindset, as I don’t focus so much on the number as I do on sustaining healthy habits.
I wasn’t exactly sure what people want to know, so I asked my friends Carrie and Ali to write questions. They kindly agreed to provide the interview questions for this blog post.
Carrie: How have your cravings been?
Ames: I haven’t experienced any cravings yet that I wouldn’t have already had pre-pregnancy. I believe in striking a balance in my diet, so occasionally I’m going to get a big cheeseburger with a side of french fries or want to go on a frozen yogurt date. This doesn’t happen any more often than normal during pregnancy and I haven’t experienced any unusual cravings.
Carrie: How have you changed your workouts since being pregnant?
Ames: In the very beginning of pregnancy, I have to admit that I was a little worried about our little blueberry. I knew what the research said and I even have a certification in perinatal fitness, but I think it is only natural to worry about the baby when it is so small and early. Plus, I was tired all the time…I couldn’t get enough naps!
During the second trimester I really hit my workout stride + gained pregnancy workout confidence. I workout 4-5x a week. I do at least 2 days of lifting and then 2-3 days a week of cardio. Not a whole heck of a lot has had to be modified yet. When I’m lifting, I focus on maintaining my strength vs. adding weight to gain strength. I also don’t lie on my back for any exercises, and I don’t do any abdominal situps. I’ll do a blog that goes into more details of what to avoid during pregnancy workouts!
I can tell you that I’m getting close to hanging up my running shoes until after baby, but not quite yet. I’ve been completely listening to my body on this one and I want to keep in mind how much pressure I’m putting on my pelvic floor. As they baby has grown, I have had to urinate more frequently and I tend to feel like I have to pee after a mile or so now. Perhaps one or two more runs with you girlfriend 😉
Carrie: How’s Drew handling everything?
Ames: Drew is has been so great! I think now that I’m showing and he can feel our baby’s strong kicks…it feels more real to him. He always says “we’re having a baby!” He has been reading a book for soon-to-be dads to help him to understand all the changes that are going on with me during pregnancy. I did have to tell him he reminded me of the father from Knocked Up when he wasn’t keeping pace with the reading 😉
The cutest moment was when we were watching a movie last weekend and he said, “are you sure you can lay like that?” He then dropped some facts from his book about sleeping positions. He thought I was a little too far on my side 🙂
Carrie: What’s your biggest fear with being a new mom once baby K comes?
Ames: All of my friends + family (and probably blog readers by now) know how much I enjoy sleep, so I would have to say the lack of new mom sleep is pretty high up there. I’m praying this little one enjoys sleep as much as his or her mom. 🙂 I also very much enjoy my alone time and independence, and I know that I will have a lot less of it. Drew + I have began to talk about how we’ll get our workouts and mom + dad time in. It helps that we’re on the same page and know how important it is to still nourish our marriage. Of course, we are just going to have to figure it all out once baby K makes their arrival.
A lot of people give you unsolicited advice when you are pregnant. I have found it interesting that people tell me I won’t have the time to workout. I completely understand that children change you life and time commitments, but working out has always been a huge priority and non-negotiable part of my life. I’m not afraid to take my workouts to the basement and squeeze in 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there if that’s my only option! Sometimes I want to say, “well, we had very different habits before pregnancy…so why would we have the same after?” But, instead I just smile. People also cautioned me how much harder it would be to workout when I became a nurse, a night-shift nurse, and a 12 hour nurse…and my habits stayed true through all of those transitions.
Ali: Do you psychologically feel like a mom already?
Ames: I do! There will be nothing like when baby is actually here, but pregnancy is a big commitment. I’m protective over my baby and I already feel so much love for him or her.
Ali: Do you find random people approaching you more about your bump?
Ames: Yes. The biggest change has been at work with the patients. Up until probably 2 or 3 weeks ago, the patients wouldn’t comment on the bump because I don’t think they could tell if it was a baby or extra weight. Now that it has rounded out and become more pronounced almost every patient asks when I’m due and wants to talk about pregnancy and kiddos. They also worry about me so much. If I bend over to get something or have to help them turn, they say “are you sure you can do that?” I love that our patients are so caring about their nurse, but I assure them I don’t have any physical work limitations.
The weirdest experience I had was when I met a patient for the first time the other day. She quite literally poked my stomach with her finger and said “was it an accident?” We talked later about why she asked that question and she said it was because I didn’t have a wedding ring on. I don’t wear my ring at work because I don’t want it to constantly be exposed to germs and hand-sanitizer. Regardless, she obviously shouldn’t have said that + we all need to be careful on assumptions/how we talk to pregnant people.
Ali: Do you find yourself chatting with your baby?
Ames: Honestly, not too much. We’re in a phase we’re this babe is constantly moving. When I lay down to take a nap or sleep, I’ll say “okay, it’s nap time now little babe”. More than chatting, I definitely rub or squeeze the bump. I never understood why pregnant women we’re always touching their stomach. I love feeling the kicks and movements from the outside and find myself doing the same thing.
Ali: Have you had any strange things happen to your body?
Ames: I can’t think of anything. As I mentioned above, I have had a really uneventful pregnancy (praise the Lord)! All of the symptoms that are listed for how far along I am: constipation, heartburn, more trouble sleeping, back aches, swelling….I have thankfully avoided so far. I do really struggle to sleep after night-shift, but that isn’t because of pregnancy. I’ll do another pregnancy update when we’re around 37 weeks to let you guys know what has changed during the 3rd trimester.
Ali: Anything you’re looking forward to about NOT being pregnant in a few months?
Ames: There is nothing that I cannot wait for. I am excited to be able to workout without a baby bump and do higher intensity workouts. I also will make sure that a girl’s night with lots of sushi + a couple glasses of wine happens within the first couple months after baby 🙂
Ali: Do you feel ready?
Ames: It has always seemed like a long time away, but now it seems close. Especially when I look at my calendar. I do feel ready and anxious to meet him or her. 🙂
Thank you to Carrie + Ali for their questions!
My Maternity Must-haves:
Boppy Pregnancy Wedge, Petite Trellis Grey I bought this pretty early on because my sister had recommended it. I wasn’t sure if the huge body pillow was for me, so I thought I’d try this first. As the bump has grown, it is nice to have a little support for it while I sleep on my side. I think it made the transition from sleeping on my back to sleeping on my side easier. Now I don’t sleep without it 🙂
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, 6.5 Ounces (Pack of 3) : I know that the research says nothing helps to prevent stretch marks, but I thought I would get this anyway. It helps with the itchy skin, so at least it is doing something?!
Blanqi Support Tops + Leggings: I found Blanqi via Instagram. I decided to give it a try. I wanted something supportive during my runs and also a tank I could wear to my long 12 hour nursing shifts. I have both the Blanqi Bodystyler Belly Support Maternity Support Tank Top – Black – Medium and the Blanqi Bodystyler Maternity Support Undergarment – Regular Length – Black – Small. I can tell you this: these tanks do not move. They are long and stay exactly where you put them. I can also tell a big difference during runs when I have it on versus when I don’t- it really holds onto my bump tight. I would highly recommend these if you are an active momma! I also wear the tank for errands and everyday things. I also love and wear their Blanqi High Performance Belly Lift & Support Maternity Leggings – Black – Medium. Take caution that these are a little opaque, so I make sure to layer over them.
BeMaternity tank tops: If you follow me on Instagram, you can probably tell these are a staple in my pregnancy wardrobe. I recommend this Target brand for everyday use, I have this in 4 colors.
Maternity dresses: I’m so glad I saw a blogger recommend Asos Maternity. I would’ve never thought to check there, but I love their dresses. They are less frumpy maternity and more what I would wear normally.
Drew + I are off to our babymoon! I hope you guys have a really wonderful week and I cannot wait to tell you all about Kauai. Love, Ames