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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Full Harvest Moon And Labor

Well, tomorrow is the full moon of the month and to top it off, it is the harvest moon. In my Healthy and Fit Mama's group I have been watching to see if the full moon actually did anything to help to naturally induce labor. You know, those old wives tales. Dancing naked under a full moon will make you go into labor. But is it really true?

I asked my doc. Not really. He said, that the moon doesn't really determine labor starting but what he has noticed is a drop in the barometric pressure usually does. And coincidentally, that is what is going on right now in my area. We have a huge drop in temps this weekend right when the full moon is at its peak. So for those of you willing try try out an old wives tale, Friday is the time to dance naked under the full moon and hope that your water breaks and you go into labor! As one girl put it in another group I am in, fingers crossed and legs open!

The best bet to help your baby come out on time, is to be patient and stay relaxed. The last thing you want to do is to get anxious and bouncing on your feet watching a clock wondering when it will happen. That is like waiting to watch water boil. IT TAKES FOREVER and can get frustrating! When your baby is ready and your body is ready it will happen.
Frog Position- can lean against your bed or couch too.

Nipple stimulation
Sitting in deep squats (frog position)
Talking to your body and baby (meditation)
Bouncing on a birthing ball
Pelvic rolls/tilts
Baths to help relax
Cat/cow movements or resting on your hands and knees for a time
Nesting is a great way too. Clean around your house. Get it ready so that you don't have to worry about it after baby comes. Scrubbing your floor is a great position because you are on your hands and knees and it helps your pelvis open up more allowing the baby to sit in your pelvis more.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bump Update: 39 Weeks

I'm ready to POP! Seriously I do not know how she can grow any more. I can definitely tell when she is not quite as engaged in my pelvis because her butt is higher and her movements are way more cramped. I am like, dude girl, this would be easier on you and me if you just assume the position and STAY THERE! And she is moving a TON right now and every single time it makes me think of Space Balls, "Hello My Darlin!" scene. I know she is bigger than Collin was at this point too, there is just no space left! 

HOW CUTE IS THIS OUTIFT?!? I love Mamabijou over at Etsy. This is going to be her "after blessing outfit." My mom is making Elyse's baby blessing dress (just like a christening, but our church calls it a baby blessing) Well, since my mom is putting tons of blood sweat and tears into that dress it will ONLY be worn when it has to be, for the blessing and pictures (of course!) Once the blessing is over and pictures after she will be undressed and reveal this one. I also have a matching purple bow from her coming home outfit that will be swapped out with the white one for the blessing.

Total Weight Gain: Gained 26.1 pounds total. Weight as of this morning 263.8 pounds. Up .4 oz from last week. Call that a win! 

Symptoms: Smaller appetite, eating smaller meals throughout the day. Having to "go" a lot since she is head down. Hard time sleeping. Waddling and lower back soreness like nothing else! Man at the end of the day my back is just killing me! CRAVING MILK! SWEETS. Sweets are calling my name right now and they taste good!
Baby’s Size: Watermelon (~19-22 inches, 7 or more pounds)

Labor Progress: As of my weekly check up appointment last Thursday I was 1cm dilated. Baby was at a engaged in my pelvis -2. She decided that she didn't want to be in my pelvis that much so she was up more. Next appointment is TOMORROW! I have been taking Evening Prim Rose oil to help soften the cervix plus a TON of meditating and talking to Elyse to let her know we are good to go to getting ready for her to come out!
Maternity Clothes: Yes, bottoms need to wear maternity or stretchy pants. Tops I wear maternity now and my bigger t-shirts but those are tight now. I am actually running out of clothing. Wearing my new Fabletics sports bra in these pictures and LOVE THEM and the fun colors! A ton more coverage and super comfy!
Stretch Marks: I already have a ton that I got when I gained weight years ago. I think I am getting some new ones or my old was are just being stretched up higher on my belly. No bright purple ones just the faded white ones. I am using Honest Company belly balm right now though to help my belly stretch so I do not get any new ones. I apply it at night and right after I get out of the shower. 

Belly Button: Innie! I never had my belly button flatten out or pop out during my other 2 pregnancies, but this might be the one that I do! Every week it is getting closer! We are actually pretty close to having my belly button flatten out. But not yet. It is still an innie!

Braxton Hicks Contractions: I am getting them throughout the day now, many times a day. Including some strong ones that kind of make me stop and take a breath. I get two different kinds. Upper belly and lower belly, but never at the same time. (that would be labor!) Upper BH are generally caused by exercise and getting up and down too much and just a reminder to slow down and drink water. The other kind I am getting are lower belly ones that really take my breath away. I only get a couple of them a day, not as frequent as the others but these, yeah, remind me more of actual labor pains. They just happen when they want to happen!
Gender: GIRL!!! So excited about all the cute stuff we got for her! We have her coming home outfit and her picture props! So girly, and way too cute!
Sleep: I need to take a nap every day but I haven't been this week. And I am waking up many times a night to go to the bathroom or trying to get comfy. (If you see me make a comment on FB or IG at 2am this is why!) I am still getting up at night at 11:30pm, 3:30am, 5:30 without fail. Always around 9pm for about an hour she likes to put on a show and be super active! 
Miss Anything: Sleeping comfortably flat on my back! Sleeping through the night. 
Cravings:  MILK and SWEETS! I normally don't drink milk any more due to an intolerance I have to it but I have been craving it like nothing else. 2 8oz glasses usually. Funny thing, ice cream doesn't do the trick. It has to be straight up cold whole milk. WEIRD! The sweets is new this week. Everything at Trader Joe's with chocolate was calling my name. Cinnamon Rolls too. Oh and veggies of course. I am loving me some veggies!
Aversions: Not this week. Everything tastes too good!
Excited About: Due date is next week. YAY! My mom will be here MONDAY. The boys are super excited for her to arrive. I am hoping that when she gets here Elyse will decide it is time to come out and play too! Tomorrow I have my weekly doctor checkup and will be able to hear her heartbeat and find out more about my progress. I do think things have changed since last week because I have been talking to her more, encouraging her to start prepping my body and also meditating to help my body open.

Workouts: Pretty well for this week! I got in 5 days of regular workouts this past week. I'm really enjoying, COUNTRY HEAT! I am trying to dance this baby out! If you are interested in joining BUSY MOM'S DANCE PARTY just click on the link to request to join and I will get in touch with you with all the details! And I am enjoying finding prenatal yoga routines online. I can't do the 21 Day fix yoga anymore. Too many modifications so I am sticking with prenatal specific ones. 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sneak Peek Into A Challenge Group

Ever wonder what these "challenge groups"/support groups are all about? Well, here is a sneak peek into my challenge group. Everyday a main topic is posted with either tips, support, motivation, progress, challenges, or just plain old fun! We really try to engage with the challengers and help them learn a new way to see them through this journey. It isn't just about, "DID YOU DO YOUR WORKOUT?" Or screaming in your face to eat right. No, it is about helping you learn how to see food differently, or learn to react to different situations, like eating out. I posted this yesterday!

GOOD MORNING MOMS! Today I wanted to talk about those days that we just have to eat out. LIFE HAPPENS! Don't beat yourself up if you have to eat out but check out these tips to help you stay on track with your goals!

Tuesday's Health Tip: 6 tips to eating clean while eating out

1) Find local restaurants that have healthier options. Farm to table restaurants are amazing!
2) It is ok to ask what is used to prepare a meal or what ingredients are used
3) Look online to view menu options and nutritional information and plan ahead
4) Pay attention to portions. Don’t be afraid to eat half of your meal and take the rest home for lunch
5) Ask for healthier options. Most restaurants will be happy to cater to your needs
6) Eat a salad before your main meal, but be cautious of unhealthy dressings. Oil and vinegar dressings are usually a safe bet.

Have you done any of these things to help you survive eating out?

Each month has a theme to it and we try to be consistent with the theme during the month (notice these pictures are similar). The whole point of the group is to provide support, education, motivation, and a fun safe atmosphere for each person to be able to find what they need to make their changes to a healthier and fit lifestyle! Plus there are different types of groups, I have 2 ongoing groups. One for everyone that I work with or anyone that would like to join, (YOU CAN JOIN HERE!) and one for those who are actively pursuing their health and fitness goals (my exclusive group for those doing a workout combined with Shakeology). Both group offer different things and different levels of support. And for September and October I am also co-hosting groups to help with the late end of pregnancy and new baby. If you are interested in joining my next group for OCTOBER, I can't wait to announce the theme, send me an EMAIL, or COMMENT BELOW. Or you can always send me a message over at FACEBOOK

I am all about, support, motivation, EDUCATION, and inspiring. And if that sounds like what you need in your life, why haven't you contacted me yet? Let's get chatting! 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Favorite Late Pregnancy Yoga Moves

As I am getting closer and closer to my due date, exercise is getting difficult for me. Not that I don't want to do it but physically I am starting to be in pain. My hips ache, my lower back aches. I am pretty sure baby girl is sitting right on a nerve sometimes because one of my legs will just give out on me when I go to walk. It isn't very good. So to counteract the pain I am again upping my yoga, and leaving the days that I am truly feeling well to Dancing the baby out!) I am aiming for 3 days of dancing and then the rest of the time will be yoga, yoga and more yoga.

I have found a great workout that is no joke. Lara Dutta. I thought it looked easy at first but honestly being 38.5 weeks pregnant my heart rate goes up a lot faster than it used and and in some of the exercises I am actually almost breathing hard. It is just a different type of workout. Especially if you follow the deep breathing! That is the key! Check it out below!
Here are some pictures of my favorite moves in this whole workout. They just feel so good! 

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dealing With A Cold or Flu While Pregnant

UGH! Getting a cold or flu while pregnant is THE WORST! You can't take anything, and you just feel miserable the whole time. But we can survive! I PROMISE YOU! Sadly it just takes a little time and patience and a whole lot of rest. The past few days I have been battling a cold thanks to my 5 year old who brought the back to school crud home with him and infected me and Collin. Poor little Collin is worse than I am but I still feel awful. Headache, stuffy nose, cough, and more aches and pains. So not fun. Here are my tips to helping you feel better if you are sick while pregnant. And hey, cold and flu season are upon us/coming up very soon.

Staying hydrated while pregnant is KEY! If you are not drinking enough water it can actually put you into labor. So it is key, but while pregnant and sick, make sure that you are getting enough fluids. Drink some water every time you have to go to the bathroom. Water out, water in. If you are drinking enough water you will be using the bathroom enough. Keep that mindset. If you can't stand water, drink some warm tea that is ok while pregnant. Right now I am drinking 3rd Trimester tea to help me prep for labor. Even just some herbal tea would be great. Read the labels and avoid anything that says do not drink while pregnant. Lemon, ginger and honey tea are a great remedy too!
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe: 

About 1 inch fresh ginger root (no need to peel it)
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey, plus more to taste

Grate the ginger root into a tea pot, medium bowl, or large measuring cup. Best case scenario: Grate the ginger on a microplane zester. Next best situation: Grate the ginger on the fine holes of a four-sided grater (or similar). Go ahead and put it all on the pot—you're going to strain it out anyway.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the lemon juice and the honey in a large mug. Strain the ginger tea into the mug.
Stir to dissolve the honey, taste, and add more honey or lemon juice if you like.
Want to mix it up?
Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg or cardamom at the end.
Or, use a cinnamon stick to ​do the stirring to dissolve the honey 

Make a baby is already hard work. Making a baby and fighting a cold or flu is even harder! You are going to be exhausted. The past 2 mornings I was passed out for a nap by 11am and slept until 1 or 2pm. I am thankful that I was able to do that and that Collin needed just as much rest as I did but man, I have just been exhausted! Even if you are feeling ok, just make sure you rest your body to let it heal and take care of itself. if that means you have to miss a workout or 2 that's ok. You don't want to overexert your body too much.

3. EAT
Even if you don't feel like eating, you need to eat. I actually threw up yesterday but I still forced myself to eat. Try to eat what sounds good to you, and what looks good. A big green salad might be the last thing on your mind, but pasta might be that comfort food you were looking for to help you feel better. IT'S OK! Tip: If eating pasta or other carb heavy food, just make sure that you are eating a smaller portion. You don't need a lot of pasta to feel satisfied. And try to add some veggies to it so that it is a healthier type of pasta. I made spaghetti casserole as a freezer meal but I doubled the veggies in it. So lots of hidden green and some pasta.

One of my favorite things to do while pregnant is to take a nice warm bath. And the same holds true for while sick. I have aches and pains from pregnancy but even more while sick and the bath helps to soften those pains. Plus it helps to clear up my sinuses so I can actually breath better, at least for a little while. Pull up a good Netflix movie while you watch too just to relax even more!

Know that this is only temporary. Even though you might feel like death, the more you take care of yourself the faster the cold or flu will pass. But while you are not feeling well, ask for help. Ask your partner to help around the house. Clean, make food, take care of the kids a little more. This morning I asked my hubs to just let me sleep in until 8am so I could get a little extra sleep. And since he has military training today, I needed that extra sleep to help me get through the day with my 2 boys at home! Ask friends to help out too if you need it. You are pregnant. Don't think you have to do everything. It's ok!

Hope these tips help you feel better in no time to welcome your baby into the world! I have less than 2 weeks left until my due date and I want this cold GONE! So I am sticking with these tips as much as possible! After 2 days of rest I am already feeling so much better, but I still have just a little bit more to go before I am feeling back to normal!

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