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Pregnancy is filled with many amazing moments .
Feeling your baby kick. That connection to a little human you've never seen. The "glow". The longer hair and nails. The attention and care for your well being from pretty much any and everyone.
But, if you've been there, you know it's not always paradise in pregnant town. There's the flip side, the side that is still totally worth it, but the side that makes the nine months feel a little more like a few years. Or is that just me? No?
That side, ladies, is what I'm touching on today and how it pertains to how we can still be functioning, beautiful, fit creatures on this roller coaster of an emotional, nauseated, tired, moody, incontinent journey to motherhood.
It was important to me to maintain some resemblance of my Paleo diet and fitness regime through my pregnancy.
In the first trimester it was still easy to fit into my cute, tiny yoga attire and due to the fact my morning sickness was so bad I didn't worry about gaining weight. We were more worried I would lose to much. I was also put on a no-workout restriction due to being a high risk first trimester - so skipping ahead to...
The second trimester. This is called the pregnancy honeymoon phase for a reason. My energy soared, my morning sickness tapered off around four months and there were days when aside from my burgeoning bump, I sometimes forgot I was pregnant. This was when prenatal yoga was still a breeze and walking and hiking was still something I tried to do on a regular basis. Even though doing so left me a little winded and proved that my reality was that I was, in fact, growing another human being and needed to start listening to my body and its new, foreign limitations.
Now, the third trimester, where I am currently residing with puffy feet, crazy cravings and all, brings about the greatest challenges for going about your day It's where your body really starts to ramp up to labor day. The baby grows at lightning speeds, your muscles stretch to their max and your bodily functions change up a bit. And ladies, if we are being honest that can mean gas issues, incontinence when your gleefully getting in a light jog or sinus pressure like you reside in a ragweed meadow.
Again, totally worth it to cuddle that little human that will be here before you know it. But still, a challenge.
To help you be prepared, I have put together my workout arsenal, along with my favorite Tena products, to help you feel as confident and ready to take on whatever the day brings.
Water, water & more water - Carrying another human, it's only natural for your nutritional needs to increase and water is no exception, it's actually number one. Even though somedays tacos can feel like number one. Mmm, tacos. For your water intake, aim for 1-2 glasses more a day than normal, 3-4 additional on days you work out.
Non-Restrictive Attire - You want to be comfortable and able to move freely. Maternity yoga pants, a long, fitted maternity shirt and a supportive bra is my personal go-to. And comfortable shoes!! Having support for your legs and feet is crucial to help balance the extra weight you are carrying.
Light Weights - Pregnancy isn't a time for heavy lifting, but it is important to keep muscles toned. I carry a small pair of 2 or 3 lb. weights to curl when I'm walking or at the gym doing a stretch session by the mirrors.
An Extra Hand Towel - Living in Arizona, where it is currently 120 degrees today in my third trimester, no joke, I sweat. A lot. I actually hardly ever broke a sweat, even during hard workouts pre-baby, so this is very new and very unpleasant to me. So I throw an extra hand towel in my bag for really hot days or harder workouts.
TENA Overnights or Pads - Many women deal with bladder control issues in the last trimester of pregnancy (and many times, beyond) Ah, the joys of motherhood. Depending on your level of need, whether it be light or heavy when exerting yourself through excercise, TENA makes a whole line of products to match your personal needs. TENA allows us women to feel confident and supports us so that we don't have to forgo a workout or any other life activity where a leak may happen.
Healthy snacks - This one isn't just for the gym. Carrying healthy snacks wherever you go can keep your blood sugars even and help you avoid unhealthy splurges. Protein bars, protein balls, crisp veggies, apple slices or a hearty trail mix is my go to in both my gym bag and purse.
What have been the greatest tools in your Third Trimester Pregnancy workout bag? Share in the comments below!
How far along? 37 Weeks! SO close to meeting Baby P!
Total weight gain/loss: 30 Lbs. total since pre-pregnancy and super motivated to Paleo hard and get back to yoga + cardio post baby!
Clothing Options? Got some new cute jammies that make me feel feminine and cute when working from home!
Pregnancy Symptoms? It seem this month my body wanted to let me know, "hey! you're pregnant!" haha. Heartburn, peeing a ton, swollen feet, pelvic pain, some hemmoroids, fatigue, decreased appetite and nausea, Braxton Hicks.
Sleep: Off and on. Get up to pee a lot. And have to change sides often to stay comfortable.
Best moment of month NINE: Seeing our baby's face and hair on the Ultrasound! Chubby cheeks!
Biggest Fear of Month NINE: Immenent labor.
Movement: Dancing still :D He or she is running out of room so its slower, harder movements.
Food cravings: Ice! Which I know is so strange, but I'm LOVING ice chips. Preparing me for labor maybe? Haha. Also, grilled onions (which is strange because that was my biggest diversion most of the pregnancy.) And BAGELS. I had my first gluten-free bagel in 5 years with vegan cream cheese (as I JUST recently tried yeast again for the first time) and the bagel was heavenly. Udi's, you got something good going on over there. So in small amounts I'm allowing myself gluten free bread products.
Aversions: Too many carbs make me sick.
Gender: Still don't know! We made it this far.... haha!
Belly Button in or out? So out, you guys. So out. haha.
Mood: Still pretty blissed out. Hormones kick in from time to time and I get super frustrated at something random for a few minutes and then I'm fine, haha.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks and cramping at nighttime.
Looking forward to: Seeing what this baby is and what he or she looks like!!!!!!!
In other news: I don't have a photo to put with this month. We were so busy prepping the final touches on the nursery, packing our bag and spending time with family and squeezing in last minute date nights we totally didn't take any.
As you all know I am already a Pampers mama. I not only adore the actions they've taken to provide hypoallergenic options for sensitive babies, which if Baby P is anything like his or her mama, will be, but the customer service I've received in speaking directly with them has been phenomenal and makes me feel like a valued mama every time.
I get to share something special with you fellow Pampers mom's who currently use diapers or training pants. And if you're not currently a Pampers user, the coupon coming out this weekend will make it worth trying.
Since June is National Potty Training Month, I've partnered with Pampers to tell you about an offer you can find in your Sunday paper THIS WEEKEND, on June 12th, 2016.
There will be a coupon offer for $3 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants. So put on a hot pot of coffee, feed the kiddos breakfast and get out the scissors as you kick back, relax and peruse the paper while getting your savings.
Being a manufacturers coupon, you can use the coupon at any grocery, mass retail or discount store where diapers are sold. If you are new to Pamper's there are many options to choose from in the Pamper's line -
Pampers Baby Dry
Pampers Easy Ups
Pampers Under Jams
For more information on Pampers diapers and training pants, visit http://www.pampers.com
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Do you currently use Pampers? Which ones are your favorite? I stocked up on the Pampers Sensitive for when I bring Baby P home this summer but would love your feedback!