Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Heather for a Friday Favorites post. Here are a few of my pregnancy favorites, at least so far!

Beauty

– I like this Jojoba Clarifying Scrub by Better Botanicals for face and body. It once came in a subscription box, and I just love the relaxing, spa-like smell.

better botanicals Belli Elasticity Oil smells great too, and it feels pretty good. I only use this sometimes since it’s a little pricey, but it’s a nice treat. I normally stick to Palmer’s cocoa butter lotion.

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– I use these prenatal vitamins. I only tried one other kind, which I didn’t like. They were prescription vitamins that had to be taken an hour before and two hours after a meal. When you’re hungry all the time, counting the hours every day just gets annoying. Plus, my dr and I both like that these Nature Made ones have DHA.

vitamins, dha

– Probiotics!!! During my last pregnancy, I drank a lot of Good Belly probiotic drink. This time I’m taking one of these pills nightly, which dr also approves. I can really tell a difference.

probioticsFashion

– Maxi skirts!!! I shouldn’t have pluralized this because I only have one, but I really want another. I got a non-maternity one from Target that I could wear during and after pregnancy, and it’s so comfy!

skirt– These Fold-Over Skinny Leg Active Pants from Motherhood Maternity are also quite comfy. They’re not as good for cardio as I’d hoped since they’re just cotton, but they’re good for other things.

leggings

Other

– A body pillow is pretty helpful to have when you’re training yourself to sleep on your side.

– Ice cream. Duh.

  • What are some of your favorite things right now?
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Exhausted.

Oh man, yesterday was just one of those days. I have a lot more energy than I did in my first trimester, but energy levels aren’t exactly at 100%. That’s okay, it just meant I really enjoyed my ice cream time on the couch after Ethan went to bed!

The workouts weren’t too crazy. I did two round of this Tone It Up booty video.

And later I did two rounds of this FitSugar class. (You know – just needed a reminder of when I was tone and thin. haha)

But the real kicker wasn’t the workouts. It was the dusting of the blinds, furniture, and light fixtures, as well as vacuuming and three loads of laundry in between my work responsibilities. (I’m waiting to get a lot of stuff back from other people at work before I can do my thing, so needless to say, it was a bit of a slow day.)

So by the time I finished cooking dinner with a screamy beast at my feet, I was tired. Luckily the beast liked dinner, but he gets super angry when he’s just the least bit hungry.

cornI don’t blame him. 😉 (Oh, and dinner was ground turkey tacos with zucchini and bell pepper, lettuce, cheese, and a side 1/2 ear of corn.)

taco

  • How are your energy levels lately?
  • Ever have slow days at work? 
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YOPO WIAW

YOPO WIAW. How’s that for abbreviation overload? Ha. Yesterday was kind of one of those #YOLO day of eats, but for me it’s YOPO (You’re Only Pregnant Once…. errrr, twice in this case, but you get the idea). Then of course since I’m referring to food, and it’s Wednesday, it must be WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday).

After an early Tone It Up workout, I was ready for some food.

Breakfast: blueberry protein oats

proatsSnack: a pear followed by Nature Valley bars because I knew lunch would have to wait until after a work meeting

pearLunch: Lunch was provided by the office, so I packed this in case the provided lunch wasn’t pregnancy-friendly (ie: salads with soft cheese, deli meat sandwiches, or chicken/tuna salad, etc.)

lunchBut it ended up being pizza and side salad. Nom nom nom.

pizzaSnack: I saved my apple to eat for snack, but to my surprise, the company then whipped out the ice cream at 3pm. Whaaaa? (Did I mention that it was a pretty big meeting?)

ice creamDinner: I could have gone for a salad after the splurges, but leftover lasagna was on the menu. Deeeeeelish!

lasagnaDessert: I decided one bowl of ice cream was enough for one day, so I stuck with a cuppa’ regular ol’ Cheerios.

I usually eat less on office days, but there are always exceptions to the rule. At least Ethan and I squeezed in a 30-minute walk after work since I picked him up a little early.

  • Do you love or hate office food? I used to hate it when I worked in the office and saw it frequently, but now that it’s such a rare occurrence, it’s not so bad.
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Thoughts of Prenatal Workouts {& a Bumpdate}

Hi Friends! I hope that Monday was kind to all of you, no spilled coffee, missed deadlines, or bad hair days. After having E home with me for three days in a row, drop-off was hard. I’m sure he had fun with his little friends, but I still missed his smiling face.

I’m back to share some thoughts on prenatal fitness, my current workouts, and of course, a bumpdate!

bumpHow far along? 18 weeks

Baby’s size? length of a bell pepper (5.5 inches)

Total weight gain/loss: 9ish lbs

Sleep: It would be bad, but I’ve had to take a Benadryl the past couple of nights because my allergies are so bad. I hope I’m done with that now, but it did at least lead to some really awesome sleep!

Best moment this week: Playing at the park with Ethan on Friday morning

Miss Anything? A better complexion

Movement: Yup! I can’t wait for Kevin to feel it too so that this pregnancy finally starts to feel real to him.

Food cravings: sweets, sweets, and yeah, more sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: I wish I knew!

Symptoms: great hair, horrible skin (so embarrassing because it’s on my back too, so no cute tanks or sundresses for me), real boobs (ha – they were more like pancakes after having Ethan, so it’s nice they’ve filled out again)

Belly Button in or out? Neither, flat

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender, though we have a two weeks to wait

So about that prenatal fitness….

I’m currently doing the latest Tone It Up 8-weekBikini Series, which kicked off yesterday. It’s not too late to join! I’ll need to modify some of the moves, particularly the abdominal stuff, but I have enough exercises in my memory bank to find good replacements.

tiuThis will allow me to do at-home workouts in the morning before Ethan wakes and then make it to the gym on my lunch break for cardio, or just go for a walk outside on my lunch break because mama needs a tan!

workoutWhile prenatal fitness has a lot of rules, myths, and even negative connotations, I think it really just depends on the mama. It’s about 4 key things:

  1. What did you do before pregnancy? ie: If you ran regularly before, you can run now.
  2. How are you feeling? ie: Round ligament pain during a workout doesn’t mean you’re going to go into early labor or something crazy like that, but it does mean you should probably back off a bit. Too tired? Nauseous? It’s all about how you feel that day.
  3. What do your doctor and medical history say? Some pregnancy complications can make working out more difficult or downright dangerous, so listen to dr’s orders.
  4. Is that pregnancy-friendly to you? ie: I do yoga, but deep twists and inversions aren’t safe for me now. You may also chose to avoid certain sports, etc.

I’m not old-school when it comes to the workout “rules,” but I’m not pushing it either. You have the rest of your life to set cross fit PRs, run marathons, etc. Using these 9 months to workout just because it feels good and makes you and your baby healthy instead of doing it to look good in a bikini or break records is totally OK.

Don’t compare yourself to that other mom who is doing things that would make you feel uncomfortable. That may be her comfort zone, or she may be making poor decisions. You never know, and it’s not about her. It’s about you and that sweet little bump!

Here’s what I’m up to for the coming months… (These are just things that are good for me, and I’m no knocking anyone’s decision to do things differently.)

  • I was working out before pregnancy, and since I don’t have complications, I can continue to do so.
  • I don’t follow the 140 bpm rule, which is said to be outdated, but I do still keep an eye on my hear rate.  I mainly follow the “talk test,” and I generally keep my HR between 140 and 155 during cardio.
  • I lift weights, but I’m not setting any records.  The pregnancy hormone relaxin relaxes the body’s joints, muscles, and ligaments, so I’m more prone to strains and tears. I think the 20-lb rule is silly. My toddler weighs more than 20 lbs!! It’s all in how you lift it and what you were lifting before pregnancy.
  • I avoid jarring movements, such as burpees, jump rope, and other such exercises.  I also gave up running. I don’t have the best joints, so the extra weight would wreak havoc on my hips/knees/feet/back. Plus, any hills would spike my heart rate.
    • Here’s a quote from Runner’s World: “The increased weight during pregnancy may significantly increase the forces across joints by as much as 100% during running.” Here’s a quote from my hips: “Ouch!”

Wow, that was more thoughts than I intended. Please share some of yours in the comments!!

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Spring in Full Swing

Happy Spring! I know it has technically been spring for a while now, but it’s in full swing here.

Spring and I have a love-hate relationship. I love the weather, especially the sunshine this weekend. I love the flowers, especially flowering trees. I love that blue skies have taken over the gray of winter.

bikeHowever…

With spring comes spring cleaning, which I have not been enjoying. (Ever scrub your master and guest bahroom tile floors with Tilex and a toothbrush? I don’t recommend it. Pay someone else.) With spring comes yard work, which Kevin has not been enjoying.

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And lastly, with spring comes allergies, at least for me! I’ve been so congested this weekend that I can’t go 5 minutes without sneezing and/or blowing my nose. When I’m no longer pregnant, you better believe I’m refilling my Flonase prescription!

But enough about that, despite the spring cleaning, yard work, and sneezing, it was a good weekend.

pizzaThere was pizza and (non-alcoholic) beer, fun at the park, a trip to the mall, and Ethan’s first bike ride. This weekend even included a spontaneous solo trip to Marble Slab Creamery after dinner one night.

cleaningI guess Ethan has been paying attention to my spring cleaning. Both Saturday and Sunday night he decided to “clean” everything with a Kleenex. It was hilarious! He found a tissue then walked around scrubbing everything from his new bike helmet to the furniture. Next time I’m giving him a Swiffer duster!

  • What’s the best part & worst part of spring for you?
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