I’ve always loved reading others’ pregnancy recaps on their blogs even when I wasn’t thinking about having kids, so I thought I’d share on my own blog about my own pregnancy! I’m currently 15 weeks and, overall, feeling pretty good. It’s hard to believe I’m already through the first trimester; it went by rather slowly as I watched my body change and incrementally match the reality of what was happening inside my body! I think when it’s hard to see much visible evidence of the baby and you’re not feeling some of the classic symptoms of pregnancy (like nausea and morning sickness), it doesn’t really feel that real… But now that I’m in the second trimester, I’m starting to feel and look different and I have a feeling the next 2/3 of this pregnancy will go by quickly!
Here’s what 15 weeks looks like for me:
Little Blob is currently the size of a box of crayons! 😀
Definitely feeling rounder. I know that it probably doesn’t look as big as it feels, but it feels pretty different to me! Here’s how some things are changing:
My workouts are more or less the same – total body workouts using a blend of body weight, TRX, kettle bell and barbell exercises. While I’m still hitting about 3-5 workouts a week, my intensity is definitely less and I’m also not doing as much core work in the frontal plank position. Instead, I’m doing more overhead loading movements like racked kettle bell walks.
I am still doing push ups but most days on an incline as well as some walk out push ups and side plank work.
In the very beginning of my pregnancy, I had what I think was round ligament pain, and it was tough to do anything in terms of bracing my core like hand stands or pull ups, so I simply stopped doing those kind of movements. Now I’m back to pull ups – most often assisted (but I still got 6 in a row the other day!) but not so much handstands. I’m also incorporating core work (and cardio!) with kettle bell swings, and they feel strong and effective. Here’s a workout I did this week using them:
It’s a great, short burner and will get you breathing! The main difference for me right now? I take more breaks between movements – still getting my heart rate up, but taking a few deep breaths between movements.
This has been the most “off” and impacted of everything! I thought I’d be able to keep eating vegetables and protein as usual but the truth is, I’ve had aversions to most meat and veggies over the last few months. It’s not as simple as making a decision to just “eat well” – you eat what your body wants! I’ve certainly indulged more than I typically would, but haven’t had too many nights of ice cream for dinner or crackers only when I couldn’t stomach too much. I have, however, had trouble drinking water – I went from 3 litres a day to maybe 1, which I think contributed to my first and so far only migraine. I’m working on drinking more water and sometimes with some sea salt, to help me uptake the water and electrolytes.
I was tracking my calories with my Eat to Perform program, but I’m thinking about taking a break and trying to just listen to my body and use my common sense to get a variety of nutrients in to my diet.
I’ve probably gained about 3 lbs by now, which is crazy because with the way my stomach looks, my body feels and the way my nutrition has changed, I’d think it’d be more! Since I started Eat to Perform, I’ve been tracking my weight daily, which I did years ago, then didn’t do because it messed with my mind too much, and then learned to view it simply as a data point and began again as per the program. I’m not sure if I’ll keep weighing; it has continued to be a data point and I know at this point I will start gaining more weight, but if I’m not tracking my food I think it might help to make sure I’m gaining weight at the rate at which my body should be. I also trust myself, so I might be stepping away from it… We’ll see!
I feel best when I’m getting more sleep, end of story. I used to function pretty well on 5-7 hours of sleep a night, but now I don’t feel great during the day if I get 5-6 hours of sleep – those are the days I hope to catch a nap in between clients. But getting 7-8 hours is much better for me! I’ve never needed quite as much as some people do, but it’s definitely needed more now than it ever was before. I just have to keep prioritizing it, and my body will tell me when I’m not getting enough!
- Our due date is October 18th – a Hallowen-month baby, WAHOO!
- Will we find out the sex? Nope! We’re both kind of on the fence because we would love to help narrow down some name choices, but this could be our only kid (miracle baby!) and how many times do you genuinely get to be surprised in life?! I’m not a big planner nor do I really want a ton of all pink or all blue clothes/toys/etc, so for me I’m okay to not know! Mikey wanted to know initially but now wants the surprise too, so we’re both on the same page.
Life has been busy! We’ve got some more fun news to share later, but for now, here’s a quick snapshot of life recently:
- Mikey spoke at the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology Conference and opened the conference empowering them with their theme: “Do Something Astonishing.” He had the audience in tears sharing clips from “How to Win a Tickle Fight” (watch for free on our website!) and helped to remind them why their work as pharmacists in oncology is so valuable!
- It was also Mikey’s birthday! So after he spoke, we took off a bit and he relaxed at the pool while I did a workout, then we floated together in the warm outdoor pool and actually got sunburned!
I loved wearing my new running tank (those high necks, though!) and New Balance shoes too – they rocked for the movements I was doing. And for a little update, the tongues of the shoes are no longer bothering me! I think I just had to break them in (see my review of my New Balance clothes here).
We did NOT feel like we were in Banff in the mountains!
Later we went out to dinner at Balkan (Greek food) in Banff for his birthday meal and it was DELICIOUS! Great food and service and we’d definitely go back!
- We went from the conference at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to our Survive & Thrive annual fundraiser, a curling bonspeil (tournament) plus catered dinner and chat about what Survive & Thrive has been up to. It was a great event and we are so thankful for everyone who came out and donated online and outside of the event!
I shared a lot more videos and photos on my Instagram feed if you’re interested, but here’s a few:
(click the little arrow on the right on the above video to see more clips! same with the Instagram image below)
(my costume: “Bon-spiel” (get it?) and “Baby-spiel”!)
And that is going to do it for this post! Thanks for sticking around through the end. 🙂 Any updates in your life? Fun workouts, pregnancy thoughts, or fun places you’ve been lately? I’d love to hear it!
Live well & be well,