Spring Time Fun with Evenflo!

Spring Time Fun with Evenflo!

We are finally getting some Spring like weather here!  I know, I know, Spring doesn’t actually begin for a few weeks but we’ve had such a wet and cold winter that the gorgeous clear blue skies and milder temps are so appreciated around here.

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Breastfeeding ups and downs

Breastfeeding ups and downs

Hi there!

Sorry for the absence again.  It’s definitely much more challenging finding time to blog these days with a newborn that doesn’t want to be put down…

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Helping to Get Labor Started Naturally

Helping to Get Labor Started Naturally

42 weeks.

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In the hospital waiting to be induced 🙁 [Read more…]

Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies

Hi there!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I think I’m officially in full on nesting mode.  I woke up early Saturday morning with all sorts of energy even though I didn’t sleep great.  I went for a long walk, then spent the morning prepping a few freezer meals, cleaning, and organizing.  I was back at it again on Sunday after another long walk we ran a bunch of errands then came home to do more organizing and meal prepping.  Usually around 1:00 I’m dead tired and have take a nap but the past few days I’ve just been tackling one thing after another.  Nesting?  Yep!

One of the “meals” I prepped this weekend were these cookies that I know will definitely be enjoyed soon.

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Friday Favorites Pregnancy Edition

Hey there!

Hope you all had a wonderful week!  Who’s ready to welcome the weekend!?!  I know I sure am 🙂  It’s been a very long week and I’m ready for a few days or fun!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared some fun Friday Favorites.  Since most of my internet time has been browsing the web for baby stuff, I figured I’d share a few baby/pregnancy favorites.

Favorite toddler outfit – I’m obsessed with the tribal prints that are big right now.  Can you blame me when they look this cute on little’s!!!!!

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Exercise During Pregnancy and a Lower Body Pregnancy Workout

Exercise During Pregnancy and a Lower Body Pregnancy Workout

As most of you know I’ve continued to workout throughout my pregnancy as often as I can.  My first trimester it was a little rough since I felt like vomiting all day long (and most days I did).  However, I would still try to squeeze in some form of physical activity when I felt up for it.  My second trimester I felt much better and was excited to get back into a more normal exercise routine.  However, around 18 weeks I was told I had placenta previa and had to cut back on my exercise to avoid any chance of bleeding or complications.   I still continued to stay active and modified my workouts as needed.  Now in my third trimester, with my placenta previa cleared up, I’m enjoying being able to jog and do a little more with my fitness.  Although I’ll admit it’s getting harder as I continue to get larger.

Regardless of what trimester I was in, I’ve continued to focus on a few specifics to benefit me during and after pregnancy.

Stretching – While I haven’t been great about incorporating yoga every week, I have tried to make sure to do some form of daily stretching.  This is something that surprisingly has gotten a lot harder in the past few weeks.  The belly is in the way and it’s almost a workout to try to bend over or reach for my toes!  Ha!

Arms – Not only do I want to keep my arms strong so I’m not wearing long sleeves all summer long.  Keeping your arm strength up during pregnancy will help you once the baby arrives.  If you’ve had a baby, you know how tired and sore your arms can get from holding your little bundle of joy all day long.  So maintaining good arms strength should be top on your list during pregnancy and I’ve definitely tried to keep it up there on mine!

Pelvic floor – Most women know they are supposed to keep their pelvic floor but most women also don’t really do this.  I’m one of them!  I’ve definitely been trying to focus more on pelvic floor exercises through this pregnancy since this is my second child and I want to be able to jump rope or do jumping jacks again at some point 😉  Actually, with my pelvic floor work through this pregnancy, I’ve still been able to do some jumping without any leaking which is always a plus!  Best pelvic floor exercise is kegals!

Core – Even though many pregnant women think they shouldn’t exercise their core during pregnancy, it’s actually essential to keep your core strong while carrying a baby!  Doing so can help your sense of control during delivery and alleviate pressure on your back from your baby during pregnancy. It also helps to support proper posture during pregnancy and helps you recover quickly after delivery.  Even though I’ve received some criticism for doing things like planks or other core exercises as some people think they are linked to diastis recti, I’ve continued to go ahead with these exercises as many resources encourage doing so for the above mentioned reasons.

Cardio – Cardio is great during pregnancy if you’ve already been including it before you were pregnant and it’s done at a safe level.  Including it can help to relieve aches and pains, keep your weight under control, and decrease your chance of varicose veins.  This one has been a little trickier since there was a large time span I couldn’t do a ton of running or more cardio forms of exercise when I had placenta previa.  During this time I focused more on rowing, walking, bike riding and modifying certain cardio moves (jumping jacks, burpees, mt. climbers etc) to still get my heart pumping safely.  Once my placenta previa cleared I jumped back on the treadmill and started jogging a little more.  Now I run about 2-3 miles a few times a week and really enjoy it.  I might be slow, but it feels good to get in a little cardio in the form of short jogs.

Legs – This has been a big one for me throughout this pregnancy.  Strengthening your legs during pregnancy has many benefits.  Lower body strength exercises help to strengthen the pelvic floor, keep your glutes strong to decrease back pain, keep blood flow pumping through your legs decreasing your chance of varicose veins and prepares you for labor.  You definitely need strong legs for pushing!  So I’ve been focusing a lot on keeping up with my leg exercises durning the past 7 months.  Here’s a great lower body workout I did last week that left me just the right amount of sore 🙂  If there is such a thing!

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I added in a 400 meter jog in between each set and completed 4 rounds using 15 lb dumbbells.

 

Of course if you’re pregnant (or new to exercise) you should always check with your doctor before starting anything new.

If you are exercising while pregnant, it’s extremely important to make sure you,

  1. Check with your doctor
  2.  Warm up before starting
  3. Take breaks during your workout
  4. Stay hydrated
  5. Make sure to not overheat, exercise in a cool room or with a fan nearby
  6. STOP if you feel dizzy, light headed, any pain, or overheated
  7. Cool down post workout

Most importantly, know that everyone is different.  I’ve kept up my exercise routine throughout my pregnancy doing certain things some non-pregnant women don’t do because I was exercising a lot before I got pregnant.  So know that what someone else is able to do during pregnancy, you might not be able to do.  LISTEN to YOUR BODY!  The most important thing is growing a healthy baby 🙂

 

All About Baby’s World!!!!

All About Baby’s World!!!!

I remember when I was pregnant with The Love Nugget from the moment we found out we were pregnant I dove head first into all things pregnancy and baby related.  I got the weekly updates, read all the baby books, and looked online for everything baby for many, many months.  This time around, things have been different.  Maybe it’s that he’s the second child, maybe it’s that I had a hard time really allowing myself to connect to the baby for so long because of the previous miscarriages.  Up until just a few weeks ago I was still fearful I was going lose the baby.  Even still there are moments when I panic something could go wrong.  However, now that I’m 26 weeks and baby is doing great I’m beginning to feel more confident that in 3 months I’ll have a newborn.  Which has made me more excited about all things baby!

I recently heard about a fun, baby centered event coming up in my area and can’t wait to attend!

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Minted Art Prints, Baby Announcements, Party Invites and More!

As I write this I’m sitting on my couch in front of the fire, tea in hand and blanket covering my lap listening to the rain drops on my window.  Ahhh…. As much as I’ve been longing for spring lately, the sounds of a rainstorm can be so comforting.

I’d love to say that since we’re stuck indoors today that I’m getting a ton of work done but I’m not.  Instead I’m doing some online shopping.  That’s a good rainy day activity right!?!   Actually, it’s really a good anytime activity 😉

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