I can't believe I only have a few weeks left before my baby girl arrives & I become a mother for the first time. If you follow me on social media & watch my YouTube Channel you'll know that I haven't posted much about my pregnancy or my family for that matter. I do like to keep certain things private & also respect the privacy of my husband & step children. For those of you who don't know I am a step mom to 3 amazing kids. One boy who is 11 years old & 2 girls who are 13 & 15. In a way, being a step mom has prepared me for motherhood in so many ways but I know that having my own will be a completely different experience & I'm so excited.
I have been very lucky throughout my pregnancy! I had no morning sickness, no weird cravings & so far no swelling of feet, hands or face (so far!!!). The only real complaint I have is terrible congestion which apparently is rare, but some women experience it. Breathing through my nose has been a challenge. Otherwise, though, I have felt great! So here are some tips that have gotten me through the last 8 months.
Most of you know I'm very into health & fitness & I LOVE to workout & try to do something active at least 5 days a week. Before I got pregnant my workouts consisted of Yoga, Running & TRX Training. As my doctor advised me against running & avoiding abdominal exercises I had to find different ways to get my sweat on.
I kept up my Yoga. I didn't switch to pre-natal Yoga, I just consulted my instructor & made some adjustments. Instead of running I started power walking on an inclined treadmill using arm weights. My favorite new addition to my workout regime was starting Soul Cycle. If you haven't tried it you need to. It's 45 mins of cycling to the beat of great music. It's so uplifting, the instructors are so positive & full of energy & I honestly so amazing afterwards. It's replaced my morning coffee! It's so important to stay active while pregnant. I know some women can't due to various health risks but if you can & it's safe to do so, you should.
My diet hasn't really changed at all! Like I mentioned earlier, I have been really lucky & nothing made me sick. The only thing I experienced was slight nausea in the morning which was easily cured with some wholegrain toast & a glass of Almond milk. I didn't want to eat Avocado in my first trimester which was frustrating because generally I LOVE avocado but that was only in the first few weeks. I guess for me it was more about replacing the things I was no longer "allowed" to eat (& drink). My nightly glass of red wine has been replaced with hot chocolate & my morning coffee is either a green juice or a cup of peppermint tea. To me it's important to eat a balanced diet & I don't really cut out anything. I avoid fast food & keep sugar intake to a minimum but I still allow myself a treat (Ice-Cream is my weakness!) & the occasionally slice of pizza! I love my whole grain toast in the morning & I eat whole wheat pasta once or twice a week...that's right my friends I EAT CARBS. I'm half Greek & believe me when I say I LOVE FOOD!! It's just about making healthy choices & having balance. This hasn't changed since I became pregnant Sure you need more calories but it's important to get them from healthy fats & not go crazy on fast food and candy. However if you feel that a Cheeseburger is the only thing that will satisfy you, then have one. The most important thing, in my opinion is to look after yourself, do what feels good for your body and what's best for your baby.
Mind & Soul
When your pregnant you are a lot more emotionally sensitive & things that wouldn't normally upset you or stress you out become harder to deal with. When my step kids are home my house is very busy! If I haven't had a proper nights sleep (which is more often as I get closer to delivery) I still have to get up & get breakfast & lunches going & do the school run. I've tried to keep working as much as possible & then I have dinner to cook. I actually love cooking so that's something that's therapeutic for me, plus I think it's important to have home cooked meals & sit down as a family. We put music on & all get to hear about each others day. I'm not someone who can nap during the day so I just have to try & get to bed as early as possible. Yoga & Soul Cycle has been amazing for keeping me in a happy, positive state of mind & I try to get pedicures & pre natal massages when I can. It's so important to take time to do things for yourself when you can. I'm so blessed with the most wonderful, supportive husband & amazing friends who have been so loyal & helpful.
These tips are just my thoughts & opinions & whats worked for me. Every woman has a different journey & as I've mentioned, it's important to listen to your body & do things that work for you. I know how blessed I am to have had such an easy pregnancy so far & I'm so grateful for that.
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