Friday, June 22, 2018

First Trimester Workout Routine

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I was of course super excited but also really nervous about the changes that were going to happen in my body. Having had a baby before, I do know how incredible a woman’s body is and I’m so proud of all my body did to carry Madeline, bring her into the world, and nourish her.

BUT, I really struggled after she was born with my body. I wrote about this before here. The weight did not just “fall off” while nursing. In fact, I actually gained weight while nursing and trying so hard to improve my supply. The newborn phase was also a really stressful time for me as I adjusted to parenting a new baby (who was super fussy, had reflux, went through a colic phase, and was just not much of a fan of sleeping) alone while Corey traveled for work, our bright idea to buy a new home and sell our previous one, returning to a work environment that was just not a good fit for me as a mom. I believe your priorities are what you make them and these are all “excuses” but taking care of my health was just not my first priority at that time in our lives. It didn’t even rank in the top five while trying to keep everything else together. 

It took a long time to feel like I had my body back. I didn’t fit comfortably into my pre-baby jeans until Madeline was eleven months old and I didn’t see any semblance of ab definition until she was close to fourteen months old. I know these are all normal things after having a baby and many the mama can relate but it just didn’t make me feel good about myself and it was a source of unnecessary anxiety. Parenting a newborn can make you feel like you have very little control - sure enough they will spit up all over you right as you’ve finished getting dressed, have a blow out as soon as you put them in the car seat when you’re already running late, or let out that fierce, hungry cry when your cart is loaded high at the supermarket even if you just finished nursing 30 minutes ago. Not being in control of my health just made me feel like my life was more and more out of control.

So this time, I’ve been very intentional about exercise and nutrition. For the most part, I haven’t had to modify any exercises yet but I do find myself feeling like I need a few extra seconds of rest time in between rounds. And of course I feel like I need to eat more than I was before I was pregnant - I’m just trying to make sure I’m eating more of the right foods this time. 

For my first trimester I worked out 5-6 days a week. Before I was pregnant, it was usually six days with some other form of activity on the seventh day. 

Monday: 30 minute total body workout. I love Dirty 30 Extreme, PiYo (Sweat and Sculpt are two of my favs), and T25. These are all from Beachbody on Demand and I do them at home, which is so convenient. 

Tuesday: 30 minutes of cardio (usually intervals on threadmill at the gym) and 10 minutes of abs (I like the ab workouts from 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme and the Hilliard Studio Method at-home program). I will play them from the app on my phone at the gym after I get off the threadmill. 

Wednesday: 30 minute leg and booty workout. I love the Barre legs workout from 21 Day Fix and both the regular and extreme lower Fix workouts.

Thursday: 30 minutes of cardio and ten minutes of abs just like Tuesday’s workout. 

Friday: I attend a barre class at a local studio or do Pilates Fix if I am at home. 

Saturday/Sunday: I try to do a yoga or Pilates workout from Beachbody on Demand or the Hilliard at Home total body workout. Sometimes I opt for a long walk with the family instead.

I don’t schedule a rest day in - I just choose my days off based on our schedule for the week and if we have plans that don’t let me work out at my regular time then that’s the day I skip. Since my workouts are mostly 30-40 minutes aside from the hour long barre class, I try to make sure I get in at least five days. I’m a big believer that it’s always ok to take a cheat or rest day when you need it - just don’t cheat on your nutrition and skip a workout on the same day. 

So far, I’m not needing to modify any of the moves but I’ll keep listening to my body to give me clues when it is time and will sub in some of the prenatal workouts from Beachbody on Demand later in my pregnancy. And there are also workouts I can do with the baby (while wearing him or her in a carrier) after he or she arrives, which will be amazing when I’m trying to get back in to the swing of things after getting the all clear to workout post-delivery. 

While I know that I’ll probably experience some of the same struggles and insecurities after Baby makes his or her debut (your body really is amazing and goes through a lot of change to being a baby into this world!), it’s my goal to have a stronger and healthier pregnancy and postpartum recovery this time around. 

I really can’t say enough great things about Beachbody on Demand for keeping me fit as a busy mama. The workouts are amazing and it is the least expensive way to have access to quality exercise that I have found. ($99 for the whole year!) I used them exclusively for Madeline’s first year and a half and really attribute being able to get a challenging workout at home with getting me in great shape (actually better shape than I was before I was pregnant with Madeline!) leading up to this pregnancy. If you are interested in learning more about workouts or having access to a monthly boot camp for support, I highly recommend reaching out to Lynn here. She is an amazing leader and runs monthly support groups which are so motivating! 

I definitely plan to keep these as a big source of my routine in the months to come - and there are lots of great postpartum routines, too, for later on. Now that I’m in my second trimester, I know that some aspects of fitness are about to get more challenging (especially having to modify to standing core work instead of laying down soon) but I’m really hoping to continue with an active pregnancy in the months to come! 

I’ll update in a couple months with how my pregnancy fitness is going - especially as we navigate it all with preschool being out for the summer and me having a toddler in tow seven days a week! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

Madeline is currently obsessed with muffins so I am always looking for variations that are somewhat healthy. I love sneaking in fresh fruits and veggies into muffin recipes and this one calls for Greek yogurt. It tastes almost like a cupcake but is high in protein, which is so great for toddlers. The greek yogurt also keeps these muffins moist and delicious. We are enjoying them as a breakfast treat this week.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Baby #2 Q+A

Good morning! Today I thought I would round up all the questions I’ve been asked by friends, family, on IG, and right here about baby W number two. Here’s to hoping I do a better job documenting this pregnancy than I did with my first!

When/how did you find out?
This couldn’t possibly be any different than how I found out with Madeline. With Madeline I got pregnant so fast that it was a little surprising. I may share a little more about this later but it wasn’t nearly as easy this time around so I was testing about every day. It was equally surprising, though, after seeing so many negative tests over so many months. Just in a totally different way. One day it was negative and then the next morning there was the faintest line. It was so faint that I had to text a picture to my girl friend to verify that the line really was truly there. I was only three and a half weeks when I found out this time and that was at the very end of March. 

How are you feeling?
SO different than when I was pregnant with Madeline! I have been nauseous almost every day (never had any sickness with Madeline at all), having lots of food aversions, and the first trimester fatigue. With Madeline my first trimester was in the summer while I was off from teaching so I napped a lot. Now, I work while she is napping so I don’t have a chance to nap myself. I’m in bed so early most nights. I was also super crampy and had lots of low back pain for several weeks which was very scary but the cramping is pretty much gone. My physical therapist said I will likely have back pain on and off this time due to the nature of my injuries from my accident last year and that actually makes me feel a lot better to put a label on it and know it’s not really any thing to be concerned about.

Are you going to find out the gender? 
Absolutely! I am a planner and I need to be able to work on the nursery and buy or wash baby clothes. Corey is not so secretly hoping for a boy and I honestly am, too. Of course, I wouldn’t be disappointed in the slightest to have two healthy girls and feel like sisters always have a special bond. Whatever God has planned for our family is perfect for me! With Madeline we found out at a private ultrasound at fifteen weeks and have an appointment scheduled to do the same this time. It was a great experience.

What are you missing? 
Giving up wine this time around has been a lot harder in all honesty! Haha! Otherwise, I am really fine with the other dietary restrictions. 

Are you craving anything?
I am craving tons of fresh fruit (especially watermelon) and sweets a little more than usual. Early on, I was craving bacon, egg, and cheese bagels but that has passed now. Instead of cravings I’m having lots of aversions. Meats, especially are grossing me out. I thought I was craving a specific salad a couple weeks ago, paid $12 for it, and then when I saw the chicken on top, I was immediately nauseated by the chicken on top. It only sounded good when it was hypothetical chicken - not when it was actual chicken on top of the meal I was about to eat. 

Do you have names picked out?
We still like the boy name we had picked out if Madeline had been a boy and have a few others we both also like. For girl names we aren’t sure yet! With Madeline, we had a girl name picked out and when we saw her on the ultrasound, I just had a feeling that wasn’t her name after all so we started over and I feel like she is SUCH a Madeline. So we probably won't have a real idea until we see the baby on the ultrasound. 

Will you do weekly updates?
I did monthly updates with Madeline and I will probably do that again. Weekly updates always seemed monotonous to me and are too much to keep up with. 

Are you still working out and sticking to your meal plan?
Yes for the most part. I will share my first trimester workout routine soon but I have still been able to workout with very few modifications so far 5-6 days a week. I am still eating healthy according to my plan most of the time. Corey started traveling every week instead of every other week for work right before I got pregnant and that has made it really tempting to just order something easy on DoorDash so I haven’t been quite as on top of it as normal. I’d say 70% instead of my usual 80% and I have upped my protein and fruits a little to help me account for the extra calories I need. I’m not concerned about weight gain - I just want to feel healthier and stay more active throughout my pregnancy this time. 

Are you planning to nurse again?
I have gotten this question SO many times especially from people who remember that breastfeeding wasn’t the best experience for me the first time around. Madeline was so tiny and struggled to gain weight. Getting a good latch was so challenging - even though I saw three lactation consultants in the hospital I still went home with my nipples bleeding and Madeline lost almost ten ounces of weight before she started gaining again. I lost my supply when I had a postpartum hemmhorage at home, had to nurse and pump 18 hours a day to get it back, and then got mastitis when I went back to work and had a lot of push back from my boss about needing to pump during the school day. Madeline and I stuck it out for six months but honestly the most anxiety-inducing part of my pregnancy so far was wondering if I want to try it again. I will definitely try nursing again. I found an awesome lactation consultant through Madeline’s pediatrician who was a total godsend so I know she is there if I need her. BUT, if it doesn’t work out I am going to give myself a lot more grace this time and I’m definitely not going to feel any guilt in switching if that ends up being best for everyone’s sanity. I’m a firm fed is best believer.

What about Corey’s travel schedule?
I got this question a lot the first go around, too, and even more so this time since he just accepted a new job with even more travel. Travel is the nature of Corey’s job and has been for years. He took the two weeks leading up to Madeline’s (early) arrival off of long distance travel and limited it to day trips and will probably do the same this time if possible. Luckily the holidays are a slower time in his industry so he will be getting a little extra time off at just the right time. With Madeline, he was back to work when she was 5 days old and has shared the desire that he’d like to be home longer this time if possible. That’s just the nature of his job. We are super fortunate because my mom and mother in law are both retired and live close by so they will be able to help when I really need it. Now, in the spirit of keeping it real, while we are used to lots of travel and have a plan in place, that certainly doesn’t mean that I haven’t had a hormonal meltdown or two when he is gone. It can be exhausting doing all the things at home when he is away, sometimes I do feel overwhelmed, and there are moments of anxiety when I think about adding another little one into our crazy schedule while Corey is traveling. But at the same time I am so grateful for his job and that it provides me the opportunity to be home with Madeline and this baby. 

Does Madeline have a clue what’s going on?
Yes and no. Maybe? When I ask her if she wants a brother or a sister she just says “Nope, I don’t want one.” If I ask her where the baby is she thinks it is in her tummy so we have to clear a few things up there. She is used to getting all my attention. She even gets jealous when Corey hugs and kisses me so we have some work to do for sure! But she is two and that is a really egocentric time so hopefully by the time the fall comes and my due date is getting closer she will be a little more open to the idea. 

Are you delivering in the same hospital?
No. I loved my old OB and had just the best prenatal and delivery experience however their practice only delivers in a small hospital that specializes in women’s care. However, because I had a very rare (only 2% of pregnancies) type of postpartum hemmhorage last time I switched to a practice that specializes in high risk pregnancies and will deliver at a larger hospital with a trauma center. My pregnancy is not high-risk - I needed to switch somewhere that delivered at a larger hospital and I just chose this practice because I knew I could trust them during the delivery to make sure things go well and to handle any complications. 

What am I doing differently this time?
I’m working out more and eating healthier this time. I’m saying no to donuts and splurges to try to have an easier recovery. I do follow intuitive eating so I’m certainly not denying myself or the baby - I’m just not letting pregnancy be an excuse to eat whatever I wanted this time because I did quite a bit of that last time and felt so unhealthy afterwards. I’m pushing myself less this time and saying no more. I really felt like I was running a marathon while I was pregnant with Madeline. It was an endurance test for sure as I often worked ten or more hours a day, commuted fifty minutes each way, and still felt like I couldn’t get everything I was responsible for done. So, I’m giving myself a lot more grace this time! I’m also trying to focus more on the now not the future which is so hard when you are pregnant and can’t stop thinking about the baby that is coming in the future. But I do want to take the time to really enjoy our little family of three. 

Are you planning to have more children after this baby?
Nope! I know sometimes God has other plans but I have always wanted to be a two and done family. It actually took a lot of thinking and praying for me to open my heart to having a second baby because Madeline was such a tough and overwhelming newborn and then it took quite a bit of work to get pregnant. As of right now, our plan is for the W family to be complete after this baby makes his or her debut in December. 

I think that about covers it, friends! If you have any other questions, you can drop them below and I will answer them in my next update post.