How I’m Feeling: Overall, kind of crappy. I had a terrible headache on Monday that lasted from 1pm until I went to bed that night. Working out makes me feel better but having the motivation to do so is really hard. My back hurts a lot lately, low on my tailbone. Sitting all day doesn’t help, but I do try to have good posture at work.
I’ve also had some crazy bouts of heartburn from like one small pepper in a sandwich or something that would normally never bother me! I am finding it’s really hard to do anything after work, so my husband has been nothing short of amazing in basically being our main cook and kitchen cleaner (and trust me, our kitchen is not pretty). I can definitely tell he is taking on the role of soon-t0-be super dad, so that really makes up for feeling less than awesome lately.
Weight Gain: I’m up 9 pounds now, which is still about a pound a week for my gaining so far, which is good. I personally feel like this is a little more weight than I thought I would put on by now.
I still have 19 more weeks to go, and if I gain another pound a week for 19 weeks, that would be 28 pounds total. So I think I am in good shape – it just feels weird because I already feel heavy and pretty chunky in places, although everyone is telling me I am “all belly.”
Maternity Clothes: I am in full-panel pants only now, with the exception of ONE pair of low panel jeans that has a super stretched out top. I really have a belly now and am enjoying wearing tighter shirts over it so I “look” pregnant.
Sleep: It’s actually been decent the past week or so. I find myself waking up on my back sometimes these days, and it’s really really hard to turn over. Kind of that beached whale feeling, even though I know I’m not nearly that big yet. But I’ve been getting decent sleep, so that’s good!
Fitness: If you missed my post from earlier this week about how pregnancy fitness is going for me, be sure to check it out.
This week’s fitness has been great.
- Thursday: 4 mile Turkey Trot
- Friday: rest day
- Saturday: 1.5 mile walk & some yoga
- Sunday: 2 mile power walk
- Monday: Holiday Rev Up Workout (slightly modified) & a 1 mi run
- Tuesday: 10-minute prenatal workout video & today’s workout, below
- Wednesday: 30 minutes of elliptical & stretching
Gender: definitely a girl! I had an ultrasound Monday that would normally determine gender if we had not already found out via blood test. She was in the perfect position to tell us her gender – it was loud & clear! I’m so glad there are no surprises about that one!
Craving: all. the. cookies. I don’t think this is pregnancy related but holiday related 🙂
Food Aversions: nothing really
Missing: my back not hurting 24/7, eating a normal amount of food (I am like a vacuum), beer
Movement: I was feeling a lot from 16-18, but 19-20 were pretty quiet and I got a little concerned. It’s totally normal to not feel movement consistently yet though, especially if the baby is in a certain position. I have felt a lot of movement that is much stronger just in the past few days though, which is exciting.
Purchased for Baby: nothing yet, but I just registered for like 100 cute outfits on my Target registry.
Most looking forward to: my baby showers! I’ll be having one back home in Colorado and one in Boston. Since I have to travel for the Colorado one, that one will be coming up pretty soon. My mom and I have already talked about plans for it – I’m very excited!
Prenatal Core & Legs Circuit
I’ve been meaning to post a workout with some pregnancy-friendly abs moves. Admittedly, abs are not big on my to-workout-list these days (duh), but keeping your abs in shape during pregnancy is still really important.
This workout incorporates a few moves that definitely work the abs but are done standing or on all fours – no back positions, as that’s a no-no after the first trimester and I find it wildly uncomfortable anyway! I mixed in some leg moves as well, as I find working out my legs is always appealing especially to support my heavier frame.
I did this workout Tuesday night and definitely felt it the next day since I hadn’t worked my abs for real in a long time. All the leg moves also use your abs to stabilize so this workout it doing double duty. You definitely don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this workout, though. It’s actually kind of refreshing to make some modifications from the norm.
For those of you not preggers, I highly suggest stocking up on prenatal workouts and pregnancy info NOW instead of when you become pregnant. I was searching for a good prenatal workout and couldn’t really find anything good except for on POP Sugar. I know they are out there – it’s just harder to look right when you need it. I wish I had more resources already available and ready because trust me, pregnancy brain is real!
Questions for You:
- Did you pin or research pregnancy/baby related things before you got pregnant or not?
- Preggo ladies and mammas – what is your favorite pregnancy workout?