I am on my 4th pregnancy and this one is by far the easiest one. I want to share with you how you can enjoy your pregnancy through faith and a healthy lifestyle. I am a fan of super and raw foods, but I do eat meat! Stay tuned for inspiring recipes and a motivating journey!
Wow, things are becoming a little tougher for me these days. My lower back and pelvic region ache when I walk and that has put nearly a full stop to my physical activity. I took the kids blackberry foraging a few days a go, and just that walk, left me in pain. The walk back to the car was a matter of mind over matter. Ouch!
I ordered a favourite prenatal Pilates DVD to do at home. Stott Pilates is the best way to get into shape and stay in shape.
My weight gain has been rapid, but what did I expect? Or hoped, should I say? 4th time around, and 4th time the same. I gain weight, and a lot of it.
I had my sugar testing done today at the lab. Yuck, that potion they feed you tastes awful! I must say that I prefer the basic sugar water the Finnish labs give you over this orange soda-throat burning-stomach churning- stuff. The test wasn't too bad, done and dusted in a hour.
I'm feeling nauseous in this heat! I feel like I can't breathe well and that just does it for me. I get short of breath, light headed and sweaty. I sit in front of a fan until it passes. The weather has been so humid, it's not my cup a tea.
I'm still de-itemizing my home! We have made good progress so far. I really believe that it will always go on forever... sigh.
Here is what I've been up to,
Kimbap! Korean Sushi...
either home made of store bought. I've "craved" for this stuff... almost daily.
Blackberry foraging. I blend the berries, sieve out the seeds, dehydrate them and grind them into a powder. This way I can put them in my smoothies and digest them. Absorbing the goodness!
Nothing to it, just mango and my Nutribullet. Quick and simple!
Oh yes... my juicing... it still exists! However, here is a confession... I scuffed down a Mars bar today!
So, I've been bummed out over my weight quite a bit. I think I have come to the conclusion to just keep on pressing forwards and do what I can. The days have been so hot that my feet have swelled up and I feel like I am wearing tight socks. I haven't been drinking enough water, that's for sure. I gotta keep on top of that. I'm suffering through a leg cramp as I type here... but my stomach cannot handle magnesium right now. I think I will be purchasing an ionic magnesium supplement next paycheck!
I got 10 ish weeks to go... and I'm starting to realize how fast time flies! I forget what one needs to pack for the hospital and what to prep for, baby wise... I forget!
Tell me, what is it that we need to pack in our hospital bags??
I just wanted to share a post on how I stay on top of my fitness regime while I travel. Some of you know that I join my husband on his business trips once in a while and we stay in hotels. If you have young kids, you can easily use them as weights, as I'm pretty sure you don't carry your dumbbells in your carry-on, and if you do... wow!
Most hotels have gyms in them, but if you happen to be in a hotel without a gym, like we usually do, I at least hope they provide a DVD player.
I'm a big fan of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Her workouts are 20minutes each! You can use water bottles as your weights, or your kids (depending on their size of course)! I'm sure they'll get a kick out of it while mama does squats with while piggy back riding!
If you don't have access to a DVD player, then just by doing your muscle toning without weights and breaks in between, it acts well like a cardio session!
here are two workout options, in your hotel room!
With DVD player:
30 Day Shred level 1/2/3
squats with weights, 10reps x 4
lunges with weights, 8reps x 4, each leg
Without DVD player:
imaginary skipping rope
bicep curls (both arms) with a toddler/water bottles as weights 12 reps x4
I'm feeling fine, good in fact. Sometimes I've felt nauseous, but I'm done with Diclectin and I think it might have something to do with not getting enough water during these hot days. Coffee doesn't help either, does it?
So and so. I'm off a "set rhythm" but I'm eating enough. It's so hot, I'm not that excited about cooking so, making rice wraps is great. I always seem to be feeling hungry, I don't know whether I lack of a certain vitamin?
I know it's hot, but I've made soup from cauliflower and home made chicken stock. It's pretty light and is nutritious! To make it a rawfood soup, omit the chicken, bacon and heating up your soup just below the 45 Celsius is ideal.
At the moment, I am taking a B vitamin Complex, Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D, probiotics, Milk Thistle and Greens+
I'm drinking home made bubble tea, which is really healthy!!! Basically it's any home made vitamin water, but tea infused (today it was red raspberry leaf tea) with crushed ice and Goji berries, which soak up the flavours and become a subsitute to pearls and jelly. Yummy and healthy!
How have I been working out?
I've cut down a lot. I'm doing plenty of cardio; crosstrainer, stairmaster, tredmill etc. I'm aiming to do 30minutes to a hour a day. Once I get into the groove again, I'll be picking up light weights, but for now I'm just getting myself going again. The stairmaster is still my master at the gym. My pregnancy weight gain has affected the level I've been working on. I was at level 6 and 7, now I am on level (intensity) 1 and 2.
I'm feeling great! I'm kind of counting the days until I get to hold this little one in my arms, but at the same time, days are just passing by so quick without me even realizing it. Crazy busy! I think this is my "fastest" pregnancy so far, and I think it has something to do with having a busy household. I can't really sit down and think about the pregnancy or birth too much. The times, I get to sit down, I'm usually horizontal and asleep.
But the little I have been able to plan and prep for are...
I've had this band before and I must say I've liked it, however, I think I've had the wrong size and never got the optimum support or results. Now I've ordered a smaller size, which I think will be perfect.
This book is amazing. Not only does it give you a great insight on the physical area; pregnancy, birth and anatomy -it covers the emotional and spiritual areas as well. Love it! Even though I've read it 3 + times, I still get so much out of it, and new things keep popping up each read.
Going over some of my hopes for the birth. She has been my doula before,
so she knows me and is really well equipped for this one. She is so
busy with being a doula, I am so thankful that she is going to be there
Need I say more? Yes, nesting organizing, de-itemizing, de-cluttering, cleaning, scrubbing....
Homeschooling through the summer.
We're focusing on the "harder" topics this summer, so that when the baby comes we can take it a little easier and do the more self directed and more fun subjects.
I've also been enjoying the different flavoured homemade vitamin waters. My favourite is Cherry-Lime-ade.
6 thin slices of lemon
10 thin slices of key lime
6 pitted black cherries
1 sprig of fresh mint (optional)
500 ml of sparkling water/ plain water
Muddle lemon, lime and mint in the bottom of a pitcher. Add cherries,
sparkling water, and fill remaining with cold water. Cover and chill in
the fridge for a few hours. Serve over ice.
My diet has been good, it could always be better, and I'm working towards that. I try to eat as much vegg throughout the weeks so that when that special treat comes along, it won't break the scale, my health or my heart.
Speaking of my heart. I am so so excited to see this little one... not long now, not long at all! The last month will always feel like the slowest, but I'm hoping to keep busy so that it will just creep up on me, in a good way!
P.S check out Plain Plantain! I have been using her balms on my belly and I love it! So easy to apply and doesn't leave a greasy after feeling.
..."I've been to see a physio, who specializes in women's pelvic floor (pre- and postnatal). I have homework I need to do daily to strengthen/maintain my pelvic floor during the rapid growth of
the baby, help in birth and fast healing post birth. But mostly, I am
doing them so I stop peeing myself every time a sneeze or have a
coughing fit! I know, too much info, but I know -you know what I mean!
Daily Kegels workout:
30 x 5+sec squeezes with 10sec break in between. This takes about 8 minutes to do.
30 x quick squeezes with 10sec break in between.
I've been trying to remember to do this everyday for two weeks, and so far I have already seen felt an improvement. I have got two more weeks to do these exercises until my next appointment.."...
Today I saw my physio for a quick follow up appointment, to see how things have progressed with my 'dilemma'.
Two weeks ago, I couldn't cough, sneeze or laugh (and at times with no reason) without "leakage". I was wearing a thin liner and had to change it 2-3 x a day. I know I was 22 weeks pregnant, but this was alarming and I needed to seek professional help.
There was no way that I, age 31 (or ever) had to be in such a weak state, where there was no connection with my mind and body, in such a way. All I can say that I am happy that I went and paid that money to see the specialist physio.
Here is where I was
leakage, pad change 2-3 x a day
pregnancy week 22
waking up at night to visit the wc
couldn't laugh, sneeze, or cough without leakage
couldn't hold a kegel for more than 4 seconds
2 weeks later with these exercises
Here I am today
No leakage, haven't worn a pad for 1 1/2 weeks
pregnancy week 24
no night time bathroom visits
laughing, sneezing and coughing without leakage
I can hold a kegel for more than 10 seconds
I cannot believe how fast this change took place and that it's not rocket science, as my physio puts it! Simple, simple exercises that don't make you sweat, don't take up too much time, can be done anytime and anywhere -has done so much in such little time frame.
My exercises have moved on to new ones, which I will be doing throughout my pregnancy and also after birth. I have a follow up appointment 2 months after birth to see what needs doing regarding my pelvis alignment etc.
Ladies, I urge you! Get sorted before it's super hard or too late!
Yuuuummy! Not only can I believe that this actually tastes like vitamin water, but it tastes even better!
I have a list of ideas for what kinds of waters I'll be drinking this summer!
Yesterday and today, I enjoyed
10 thin slices of key lime/lime
1/2 pint of raspberries
spring of mint
1T stevia (optional)
a ton of ice
Place the mint and raspberries in the pitcher, mush them up good, add the lime, stevia, ice and water, give it a good mix! Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. I drank mine immediately but enjoyed it the next day too!
Do you have any good vitamin water recipes to share?
For a few months now, I've been actively thinking about 'Placenta Encapsulation'. When our 3rd child was born, I happened to meet a woman who specializes in placenta encapsulation. By then, the most I'd ever heard or read about the subject, was that it was the "tree hugger" trend, and even some celebrities ate their placenta, which was cooked by a hired chef. My thoughts were exactly what yours are "ew". I wasn't into that... I'm still not into that.
Anyway, the lady gave me her business card and I kept it in a safe place, since I was intrigued and wanted to follow up on the subject. Now, nearly two years later, I visited her site HERE and like the method she uses, so that the clients can consume the "product" without a steak knife. Ha ha!
What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulations is to make this
natural, nutrient-rich organ into a simple pill to support your
postpartum recovery. Placenta is high in iron, protein, vitamins,
minerals and of course, your own natural hormones.
Ingesting the placenta is not a new practice. Chinese have been using their placenta for over 5000 years.
Well, I am very thankful that I feel good. Usually, in the mornings I feel like I am out of breath, but it passes just before noon. I have experienced this with all of my pregnancies, maybe it has something to do with the baby pushing against my lungs, who knows?
I still have breakfast in bed before I get up. This past week my breakfast choices have not been very admirable, however, I will pick up from where I dropped the ball.
I have not worked out for two weeks :( I admit it, I've been lazy. No worries, I'm still keen to, I just need a good kick in the butt to get moving! My diet has been -in all honesty- not so raw, lately. I know for a fact that one juice a day, keeps the crap away. At least for me! Now that my garden is blooming, I have no excuses not to juice or enjoy yummy salads.
I'm very excited to meet this little angel inside of me. I feel her/him move and even though this is my 4th pregnancy, it never gets old, the mystery never dies... it's hard to believe that there is someone inside of me, being knit together in my womb, with a purpose, personality, and above all, given to us to care for and to love on. I cannot wait to meet you! I love you so much already! At times (daily) I am so overwhelmed by the blessings we have, our children.
What have I been doing?
Gardening, homeschooling, camping, being lazy, writing, studying, being lazy again...
I've been to see a physio, who specializes in women's pelvic floor (pre and postnatal). I have homework I need to do daily to strengthen/maintain my pelvic floor during the rapid growth of the baby, help in birth and fast healing post birth. But mostly, I am doing them so I stop peeing myself every time a sneeze or have a coughing fit! I know, too much info, but I know -you know what I mean!
Daily kegels workout:
30 x 5+sec squeezes with 10sec break in between. This takes about 8 minutes to do.
30 x quick squeezes with 10sec break in between.
I've been trying to remember to do this everyday for two weeks, and so far I have already seen felt an improvement. I have got two more weeks to do these exercises until my next appointment.
My vice: iced coffee... and flavoured too! Ugh, I will stop...soon.
Strike a Pose!!!
Here is my garden so far! Looks a lot different to the dirt pile I posted not so long ago, hey?!
Loving Salads: Crisp, fresh, nourishing and energizing salads! YUMMM!!!
Excited about this book again, again and again!
This book changed my approach and feelings towards the birth experience in all ways! I read this book with my hubby at bed time for my 2nd, 3rd and now 4th pregnancy and birth. I've lent this book out many times and unfortunately I never got it back the last time, so i had to reorder it through bookdepository. Nevertheless, I am excited to read it again!
This is an eye opening book for me, again and again. It's motivating, reassuring, provides knowledge and all in all, a great base.
I highly recommend it to every pregnant woman on this planet! Bookdepository has free shipping around the world!!! So worth it!
Raspberries from my garden, gone is seconds, devoured by my 2 year old!
How I feel? I feel better than last week. I've been super busy with family life and getting things "organized" so that I can feel, and be better. I feel the baby move too! I love to feel him/her move, it's always a sweet feeling...
What's new? The Scan!
There's a baby in there, really!!!
(not the best pictures of the scan)
Sweet baby!!! During the scan, I was lying on my back with my arms behind my neck, and it just happened to be that so was this baby!! Like mother like child!
My supplements? I'm switching to 'drinkable' vitamins. I am getting bored of swallowing capsules, and many of them. One night, I was like "hey! When I run out on the pills, I'll just buy liquid ones instead!" So these are the vitamins that are now in liquid form :)
(More reviews on these later!)
My dreams? To have agood pregnancy to the end, another great birth experience, healthy baby, and my parent(s) by our side after we come home from the hospital. Hint hint, nudge nudge lol!
My husband and I are also planning on him delivering the baby. I've had him in a head lock for the past 3 births, he usually doesn't get to see much except my right ear, so this would be exciting!
My Fears? I have fears at times, like when I don't feel the baby move or about the birth etc. I am happy that I serve a GOOD God and that he has blessed me with a wonderful husband and for the birth, a terrific doula! I just ordered my favourite birthing book Christ Centered Childbirth, and I am awaiting it's arrival. I get a ton of encouragement and refocusing from reading it.
My hope? Is in Christ. Pray for me and my pregnancy.
Grace & Peace
p.s. I'll post some new raw food recipes soon, I promise!