Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday! Want to know what’s better than Friday? The Friday before a three-day weekend, that’s what!
Perhaps this will be a true “Labor Day” weekend for us. I’ll be sure to let you know on Monday. 😉
But speaking of labor and pregnancy stuff, I realized there were some prenatal products I mentioned during this pregnancy or the last that I never actually took the time to review. Here are my thoughts on a few of those things.
1 – Tracy Anderson DVDs: I like that it focuses mostly on toning and body weight movements. I also like that there are 9 DVDs, one for every month of pregnancy. I hate that she says dumb things, and I found them a little boring. I also hate that some DVDs are longer than others, making it hard to plan your workouts. These ended up being horrible for my pelvic pain, so I did them during my first pregnancy but hardly at all during my second. If you don’t have pelvic pain, maybe you’d be fine.
2 – Belli Skin Care: I like the elasticity oil for stretch mark prevention. I used it regularly and didn’t get marks, though I think stretch marks are more due to genetics than any products you decide to try. It sure smells good though! I also tried the acne spot treatment and face wash. I think they might work for someone with light acne, like the girl who never gets pimples but then freaks out about getting two upon becoming pregnant. However, if you have serious skin issues, as I do, it’s not going to solve your problems.
3 – Belly Bandit: I didn’t wear this much after having Ethan. I liked the idea of it, but if you’re constantly trying to nurse/pump/rest/do housework (as all new moms are), I found wearing it frequently to be nearly impossible. I wouldn’t purchase it again, though I did find it helpful to suck it all in a time or two when I wanted to wear a fitted dress.
4 – Probiotics: During my first pregnancy I used Good Belly juice drink regularly, and it worked quite well. However, that gets expensive. This time I tried these probiotics from Swanson’s Vitamins, and I could tell a HUGE difference. Go buy these, even if you’re not pregnant!
5 – Physical Therapy for Pelvic Pain: The jury is still out on this one. I’m not sure that it helped or not. I eventually threw in the towel on the exercises, and I didn’t notice much difference. I think what helped more wasn’t what I was doing for the pain but what I wasn’t doing. No stair climber, no side lunges, no leg lifts, almost no core work… basically nothing where your legs are splitting in either direction or you’re working your abs. Squats felt okay, as did bridge lifts for a while. Easy prenatal cardio, bike, some elliptical, a little walking, and definitely pool walking were okay. Since the baby has dropped, I’ve actually had a lot less pelvic pain than before and am able to walk more frequently.
Side Note: I have not tried a Snoogle pregnancy pillow, but I’ve heard really good things about them. I just used a body pillow, which left a lot to be desired but was much better than nothing.
Now in the spirit of former “Friday Fitness” posts, here’s a bit about my activity for the week:
- Sunday – 2 mi walk
- Monday – 2 mi walk and Tone It Up Bikini Arms (2014 Bikini Series)
- Tuesday – 30 minutes of prenatal yoga
- Wednesday – 20 mi walk
- Thursday – Prenatal Pilates
- Friday – Rest (ha – as if keeping Ethan all day was restful)
- Saturday – Planned 2 mi walk
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
- What are you up to this weekend?
- Got any great products you want to rave about?