I just realized the last time I did a bumpdate for y’all was 14 weeks ago, so this might be lengthy one.
I have to say that I have been really blessed with an amazing pregnancy! I won’t say that it hasn’t had its moments, insomnia has gotten the best of me a few nights recently, but I feel really lucky to be feeling as good as I do. Most of the time I don’t even feel pregnant! I do attribute that to being really healthy when I got pregnant, staying active and taking Juice Plus.
Last week we went to our appointment with our midwife, and after the previous appointment I was not very excited. At week 24 I stood on the scale and had gained a whopping 35 pounds already! I was surprised, I didn’t feel like I had put on that much weight, but a closer look at my eating habits explained it. I was using pregnancy as an excuse to say yes to treats and bad carbs. Even though I was consistently exercising, we all know you can’t outrun a bad diet. I was also a little worried about my glucose test I had to take that day. I just knew that my recent ways of eating were going to out me at risk for gestational diabetes.
We went home from that appointment and decided we needed to make some changes. Sweets were
thrown out eaten and not re-purchased (let’s not be silly here), gluten was strictly back out, and at the beginning of this month we let go of dairy as well as part of the Transform30 Program I started with Juice Plus. I made a commitment to get at least 4 days of exercise in, focus on resting and reducing my stress, and eating more nutrient dense foods. As part of the program, I also make sure I have at least one Juice Plus power shake a day and take my capsules, which I recently started doubling as we moved into the third trimester. My energy was dipping and it has made a big difference.
Fast forward to last weeks appointment. I know this sounds crazy, but I lost 5 pounds, my goal was just to not go over that 35lb mark, glad to be under the curve again! The results of my last labs were in, including my glucose tolerance test. My results came back at 60, should be anything under 130, anything less and she might suggest I was hypoglycemic. Also, my iron levels were perfect along with everything else. I was really surprised, I had not been taking the best care of myself. What I was doing was taking my Juice Plus every day, no prenatal, just nutrition from fruits, vegetables, berries, and whole grains. I was already a believer in the product, but my whole pregnancy has made me a raving fan that wants to share this everyone!
I said the would be lengthy, I just really wanted to share that story with you. I have so many friends who have told me how awful their pregnancy was. How they were swollen, and tired, on bed rest, etc. Again, I just feel really lucky to have been so healthy when I got pregnant, and to have to tools in front of me to continue a healthy pregnancy.
Baby’s Size? the size of a head of cauliflower, about 16in, 2.5 lbs
Cravings/Aversions? We may have cut out the sweets, but I still have a sweet tooth! Been eating lots of apples, and some dark chocolate occasionally.
Exercise? My job recently ended, so I had to end my crossfit membership, it was a sad day, I really loved that gym. I haven’t joined anything in my new area, just been doing workouts at home. Lots of yoga, walking, and strength training with bands, kettle bells.
Stretch Marks? Nothing new, already have old ones from when I gained a lot of weight in college. Belly button is still an innie
Maternity Clothes? YES! I may never wear real pants again. Lots of workout clothes, the few that still fit anyway, tights and tunics. On the hunt for something cute for a couple of maternity sessions coming up!
Sleep? Depends on the night. Last night was AMAZING! The previous 3 or 4 nights were awful. Lots of bathroom trips, and my mind starts racing as soon as I get back in bed, and sometimes it takes me hours to get back to sleep. It’s very frustrating!
Movement? Lots of movement going on! Twisting, turning, punching and kicking, he’s still pretty little though so it just feels like overgrown butterflies.
Missing Anything? Not really, have wanted wine a few times lately, I may indulge in a glass or two at the holidays.
Symptoms? Nothing major, just the sleeplessness some nights. Some back tightness, but I just need an adjustment soon.
How Mama is feeling? AWESOME! EXCITED! ANXIOUS!
Getting excited about…Everything really, but mostly the Thanksgiving holiday, going home to NM to visit my friends and family I haven’t seen in way too long!