22 Weeks + Some Maternity Favorites

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top: Lululemon Pants: Gap Maternity Leggings Shoes: Nike Pegasus

How far along? 22 Weeks

Total weight gain: 7 pounds
Maternity clothes: Maternity pants or workout pants. Still wearing my regular tops
Sleep: Touch and go. I still have that nagging cough going on probably two months now. Some nights it acts up as soon as I lay down to go to sleep and keeps me up for a while.
Best moment of the week: Christmas with a three year old! She is just the sweetest, most appreciative little toddler I know and I just love it. We had a wonderful Christmas.

Food cravings: My body is hating me for all the sweets I had over Christmas and I am currently craving plain chicken, grapes and orange juice big time. I swear, once you get used to eating mostly healthy, your body craves it just like it would crave junk if that was all you ate. 

Feeling: Had a moment this week that reminded me of being pregnant with Caroline. I tried a new workout class my gym started (a version of barre) and felt great all class. Then about ten minutes later, I started feeling like I could pass out so I just chilled for a couple of hours after that (as much as you can with a toddler) and felt fine again. I think it was just working out too early in the day. Since early on with this pregnancy, I've traded my 6:00 am workouts for 7:00 pm workouts because I just felt like I didn't have the energy or stamina to do it early in the day and without much food on my stomach. I still remember passing out during a pedicure when I was pregnant with Caroline...so embarrassing. On a positive note, Boy is really starting to move around where I can feel him now! Certain things he does could be felt from the outside, he just won't ever do it when Juston is close by. Caroline did get her little hand kicked last night though and got so tickled. 

Baby Goodies Acquired: My sweet niece was the only one who got baby boy a gift for Christmas this year and it was just the sweetest thing. She got him his first pack of diapers an outfit to wear at the hospital and a sleeper for next winter. She's too cute!

Pregnancy Fitness: I decided to add this section to keep up with how I have to adjust and change my workouts as my belly grows. I made sure early on that my Doctor gave me the green light to continue doing my workouts as I had been. So far, I lift weights doing splits 4-5 times a week, run (VERY slowly and in intervals) 3 times a week, do cardio 5 days a week total (those runs are included in those days) and do barre 1-2 days a week. I love the videos for at home workouts. I am linking up a few below that I love. 

A few of my Maternity Favorites so far:

Think I have enough belly lotions? Truth is, I got stretch marks after having Caroline (a cruel plot twist after not seeing any the whole pregnancy), so if I'm going to get them, I probably will either way, but I can at least say I tried or maybe not get them as bad. But the lotions linked above are what I use every day. I lotion up my bump three times a day every day usually. 

If you purchase any of the Pure Barre dvd's (there are a LOT more to choose from now, these are just a couple of my favorites), you will also likely need a ball and the double tubing.  

I will say, always talk to your OBGYN before you start anything new related to exercise while pregnant and get their okay first, but these barre workouts are very low impact, don't really elevate your heart rate too much and will typically not leave you too sore the next day. That's the beauty of the stretching focus in these workouts. You work a specific muscle to fatigue, then stretch it out afterwards to both increase your flexibility and prevent much next day soreness. I think barre is ideal for pregnancy workouts and recovery afterward. 

I haven't really purchased much maternity specific this go-around and don't really remember doing so last pregnancy either. I am on the hunt for a baby book for this one. Honestly, I never did very well with keeping Caroline's up to date, so this one probably won't be much different, but I still need to hunt one up.


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