16 Weeks

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Week Sixteen(Dec. 25th-31st): 

How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain: 30 pounds..I'm just gonna roll with it
Stretch Marks? Same
Sleep: Waking up at least twice
Maternity Clothes: I bought two pairs of jeans & a couple of tops that are a little more flattering & show off my little bump
Best moment this week: Our appointment on the 27th was some blood work & regular check up, everything is going great with this little babe & NYE which deserves a post of its own of course.
Miss Anything? Champagne..sparkling apple juice on NYE just doesn't cut it.
Food cravings: Cereal
Anything making you queasy or sick? Sometimes I wish, instead I just eat everything in sight
Gender Prediction: girl
Labor Signs: None
Symptoms: Some round ligament pains
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking Forward to: Making 2012 the best year yet with out sweet little babe.

No exclusive bump picture this week, however I'll leave you with the three of us posing in front of my Dad's tree. This is the first picture with Brian's hand on my belly showing off my newest accessory.

15 Weeks

Sunday, December 18, 2011

 Week Fifteen(Dec. 18th-24th):

How far along? 15 Weeks
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Stretch Marks? Same
Sleep: I'm just going to take a gamble & assume that I won't be getting a full nights sleep from here on out.
Maternity Clothes: I wanted an outfit for Christmas Eve & Day so I went ahead & purchased the beginnings to a much needed maternity stash for this momma.
Best moment this week: Brian's birthday & Christmas Eve of course!
Miss Anything? Being able to sleep through the night
Food cravings: I have been surrounded by food this week, with all of these family gatherings & Brian's birthday...I'm pretty sure I am going to break the scales by the end of all this.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender Prediction: girl
Labor Signs: Nada
Symptoms: I have been really lucky in this department, however I would trade sickness for weight gain & stretch marks any day.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy & Festive (even with a cold)
Looking Forward to: Christmas & showing off this emerging adorable new bump! 

15 Weeks 1 Day

14 Weeks

Monday, December 12, 2011

Week Fourteen(Dec. 11th-17th):

How far along? 14 Weeks
Total weight gain: I have managed to gain another few pounds I am at a 25 pound weight gain at the moment...sheesh. 
Stretch Marks? Still the same ones, I am rubbing on Bio Oil every night & have been since day one...I really think it is all chalked up to my fast weight gain...no excuses.
Sleep: Still up throughout the night to pee & can't fall asleep either. I think I am driving poor Brian insane with my phone light on all night & the occasional nudges for him to stop snoring (I know...I suck). 
Maternity Clothes: Still in my loose tops & jeggings, however I think I am going to transition into maternity soon.
Best moment this week: Tacky Christmas sweater party...lord knows I love any excuse to be ridiculously festive...can't wait to torture dress up our baby!
Miss Anything? Seasonal adult beverages anyone?
Food cravings: Okay seriously cinnamon cinnamon & more cinnamon..I know cinnamon regulates blood sugar so maybe my body is telling me something...it better be regulated because my glucose test is soon & I might flip my lid if I have gestational diabetes.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Pretty sure I eat anything & everything.
Gender Prediction: girl
Labor Signs: None yet
Symptoms: Luckily nothing too out of the ordinary. The sciatic nerve pain disappeared with the first trimester...really hoping it stays away.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking Forward to: Christmas of course! 

Since I have no belly pictures this week I will leave you with these beauties that we made ourselves for a friends party this week.

13 Weeks

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week Thirteen(Dec. 4th-10th):
How far along? 13 Weeks
Total weight gain: Still hanging out at 23lbs 
Stretch Marks? Wouldn't you know in addition to my boobs my inner thighs are getting them too...fantastic!
Sleep: I am not exhausted anymore, however now I can't fall asleep & I am still up all night to use the restroom as well...but that has become the norm.
Maternity Clothes: Jeggings...leggings only work if I have a long shirt to cover my booty. 
Best moment this week: We had our first growth scan this week at Dr. Shephard's office. Baby Rainey is growing right on track. Baby was movin' & groovin' on the ultrasound, however I have yet to feel anything. I have an anterior placenta (the placenta attached to my frontal wall rather than the back), therefore some of the baby's early kicks are cushioned & it will just take a bit longer before I start feeling anything.
Miss Anything?  Sleeping through the night, this waking up constantly to go to the bathroom is obnoxious!
Food cravings: I'm still loving my blueberry muffins & in addition to that I have been on a cinnamon cereal kick.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing.
Gender Prediction: We had the technician take a guess & she is 95% positive that it is a girl...YES..I see festive bows & matching baby legs in out near future.
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: My breast are still growing & my weight gain is not as rapid as it was in the beginning.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking Forward to: The Holidays of course :)

Top left is feet & toes. Top Right is arms and hands. The bottom picture is my very favorite I keep it in my wallet & always find little excuses to make it more visible when I am purchasing anything so people will ask about it since I am not quite showing yet (lame? I know).

Nutrition Tips for your First Trimester

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I am not a nutritionist & all of the information I am providing is from my own personal research & should never substitute what is recommended by your doctor. Remember you should always consult with a doctor before starting any nutrition plan.

Snacks are great for your first trimester, eating little & often can really help with morning sickness. Vitamins & nutrients that are especially important in your first trimester in addition to your prenatals are...

Folates (the form of folic acid found in food):
  • make salads using baby spinach
  • steam some asparagus to have on hand to use with dips (roasted red pepper hummus is the shit) 
  • oranges & cantaloupe
  • sliced wholemeal bread (which is also good to make some toast, when you can't keep anything else down)
Vitamin A; keeps you healthy & boosts your immune system to fight off infections
  • eggs & cheese are a good source of retinol, the form of Vitamin A found in animal foods.
  • Vitamin A is also found largely in carotenoids, which is the orange foods.
  • mangoes, peaches, papaya are all great to add to a smoothie or bowl of cereal, or even just to throw in your bag on the go.
  • carrots, butternut squash & sweet potatoes are great alone or thrown in a soup.
If you are having trouble with morning sickness, ginger is a fabulous remedy. The Vitamin A in those carrots could also be great in a carrot cake right? Yes, yes I did just do that.

Fitness Tips For Your First Trimester

Friday, December 2, 2011

It is safe to work out daily during pregnancy, but you should always get approval from your doctor before starting any fitness plan. After 20 weeks you should avoid doing exercises on your back. Make sure to intake the extra 300 calories per day required. Monitor your heart rate & exercise intensity. Exerting yourself moves blood to your muscles and skin and may move less to your uterus. If exercise is too strenuous, there is a risk that less oxygen will reach the baby. Per usual make sure you are stopping for frequent water breaks & ASK FOR MODIFICATIONS if needed.

Maintaining your fitness is so important, not only to you but to your new little roommate. If you're like me you just have the body type that gains weight like crazy. So I make sure & keep up with my weight gain by working out, I am a women's fitness boxing trainer but, I enjoy doing small quick workouts on my own, which is about all I have energy for these days.  

There really aren't too many limitations during the first trimester. I am one of those overly cautious types who researches everything, so I refrained from any isolated ab exercises & jumping. I also purchased this heart rate monitor, which gives your heart rate range according to age & weight (which I pretty much have to change daily). It beeps to let you know when you are out of range, therefore while I am training I know to scale it back a little bit. I also take frequent water breaks to make sure that I do not overheat. If you weren't working out before your pregnancy, work into it. Now is not the time to try & lose weight or begin a rigorous workout plan.

I run a little bit throughout some of my workouts & with the girls that I train, however I prefer to incorporate different forms of cardio into my workouts. It was hard for me to get used to not being able to do intense workouts like I used to, however I found that short & smaller workouts are my new preference. Doing long drawn out workouts at a slow pace just seem never ending. Working out definitely helps with the pregnancy insomnia & my energy level throughout the days, I can feel a difference on days that I am not working out, or even just going on a walk.

Following are two mini workouts for your first trimester that you can do in 30 minutes or less. A majority of the exercises do not require equipment, however it gets difficult to do a lot of arm exercises without any sort of dumbbells etc. So if you don't have a particular piece of equipment please leave me a comment & I am more than happy to give you an alternative or direct you to a place where to find that piece at a low price. Also every single exercise can be modified according to your fitness level (i.e. push ups on your knees vs. hands & toes) so please don't hesitate to ask me for modifications. Without further ado here are my mini workouts. If you would like more please leave a comment letting me know what you liked or if you need more base level workouts & I will be sure to post more.
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12 Weeks

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Week Twelve(Nov. 27th-Dec.4th):

12 Weeks 2 Days
How far along? 12 Weeks
Total weight gain: Well I maxed out at 23lbs for the first Trimester. 
Stretch Marks? It's safe to say my boobs have stretch marks...seeing that I have gone from a 34a to 36c in a matter of 12 weeks...makes sense right?
Sleep: I am slowly regaining my energy & trading it for pregnancy insomnia, oh joy (AKA up on my phone reading about pregnancy all night) I can't stop!
Maternity Clothes: Jeggings are officially my best friend.
Best moment this week: Our 12 week appointment! Baby Rainey actually looks like a little person in there, everything looks great & the heart rate is 158bpm.
Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my stomach.
Food cravings: I have an obsession with queso & Mexican food...I mean it has always been true, but it is official.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still not a fan of the frozen pre-cooked chicken
Gender Prediction: We both still think it is a girl
Labor Signs: None yet
Symptoms: Really none that stand out.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking Forward to: The Second trimester!

I will leave you with this adorable picture of sweet baby Rainey. This is the first sonogram picture I have taken up to the studio & shown all of the girls! Seriously only a mother could look at a picture of a baby that doesn't even look human yet & think it is adorable.

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