Adventure’s in Pregnancy – Baby’s Heartbeat is Strong!

Little babe’s heartbeat is beating strong at 150 today, and my doctor could hear all the movement on the Doppler; she mentioned baby is healthy and very active and I’m over here like yo, you aren’t kidding!

Did your baby have a strong heartbeat in your pregnancy? Did you have a boy or a girl?

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Saturday Sweat – It’s OKAY to PAUSE!

It doesn’t matter how many times you hit PAUSE and catch your BREATH. What matters is you don’t STOP and catch your EXCUSES.

My capabilities are certainly more limited during pregnancy due to the nature of, you know, how hard a body works to grow a healthy human… but I’m still capable, and so I still show up.

I break more, I do fewer reps, my weights are lighter, I take two rest days instead of 1 now and I go at my own pace, but all of that is STILL better than using any excuse in the book to skip.

My baby/body/pregnancy are WHY I’m moving, not a free pass to skip every day. I’m no better than anyone, I just KNOW I’m worth the effort, limited or otherwise.

And pssst… you are too.

Adventures in Pregnancy – 24 weeks!?

Whaaaat?!

I blinked and I went from {{ impatiently! }} waiting to reach 12 weeks and being able to finally share the news to being 6. months. pregnant?!

How does that happen?! Where did that time go?!

Pregnancy has been one of the weirdest examples of how something can go so. dang. fast (because you have sooo much to do!) but also so. dang. slow (because you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever and you cannot wait to meet your little one!)

Here is a 6 month bumpie; I am still feeling pretty good, other than pretty persistent low back pain. But overall, pretty grateful for how well my body has handled what’s being asked of it 💕

Adventures in Pregnancy – 23 weeks!

I’m just gonna be blunt and say it: being sick while pregnant is an entirely different ballgame and it sucks!

Day 3 of my sinus infection… which means day 3 of my program and day two of a workout hiatus…

Full disclosure: yes, for a little bit, it bothered me to go back on a commitment I made to/with several of the ladies in my challenge group.

But I quickly reframed it to I’m pausing THAT commitment til it’s safe to continue it in order to stay true to the BIGGER commitment I have right now, which is continuing to safely grow and nurture this little being! And ALL of the ladies understand, of course.

Right now I need the rest. Since I’ve had some extreme dizzy bouts, I need to be resting and keeping myself safe. I need to be able to breath (getting better but still a battle at times) and since being sick tends to send my blood sugars skyrocketing, I need to get better so I can get back to my normal routines and things being controlled.

So for now my focus is on just that – getting better and riding out the remaining 15 weeks (!) of my pregnancy as safely as possible, not pushing myself and setting myself back.

Did you get sick at all during your pregnancy? I’ve had a cold/strep throat and now a sinus infection and they have all handed my ass to me!

Adventures in Pregnancy – First Movement!

MAGICAL💕

So there I was, laying on the acupuncture table, halfway through a treatment; calm, relaxed… almost asleep!

And then this crazy chill came over me. AND THEN… for the very. first. time… I felt the baby move! And then again… and again… 6 times total, and yes it’s subtle compared to those crazy kick/punch videos people show, but there was no mistaking that!

Simply magical!

How far along were you when you felt your baby move for the first time? I just hit 21 weeks today!

Adventures in Pregnancy – Confession

I have a confession to make, and it’s not one of those silly cutesy confessions, sadly.

Sara snapped this pic of me in Arizona while I was shell hunting with the kids, and while my first thought should have been “oh so fun, a pic of awesome memories with her kiddos!”, my thoughts instead jumped right to holy. fucking. shit… my thighs are NOT carrying pregnancy well AT ALL.

And they aren’t, that much is true. But it bothers me that instead of focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and ALL the parts that come with it – the good, the bad, and the seemingly ugly – I zeroed in on a massive flaw.

Pregnancy has changed my body a LOT, and I have struggled with this change a little more than I’d like to admit, because for 36+ years my weight has never fluctuated much if at all; I’ve always been proportionate and petite.

That’s just what I know.

But I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason to gain weight.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for body changes.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for growth, and fatigue, and perhaps even some discomfort.

And so I checked myself and I thanked her for this picture. And I hope someday I’ll look back on this and remember all the adventures I took my baby on in utero, and smile instead of focusing on any flaws.

Because again, while I have fleeting moments that challenge me, I am SO VERY grateful to be able to experience pregnancy, and I will do better with giving my body a break as it continues with the hardest, yet most rewarding thing it has ever experienced.

Were you critical of your body during pregnancy?