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Our Perfect Breech Delivery Story

I couldn’t have imagined my pregnancy and delivery being SO different, 18 months apart. My pregnancy with Maddox was perfection from start to finish. My first delivery was fast and exactly to ‘plan.’ There was no guessing, no questioning, just calm simplicity. I LOVE that I am able to carry babies and being me… was persistent on a natural, vaginal delivery which was made possible by a perfectly cooperative boy.

As soon as I discovered I was pregnant the second time, I knew it was a girl. I had 17 weeks of all day nausea and vomiting followed by migraines, more nausea, anemia, headaches/migraines, restless legs, back pain, insomnia and overall wild discomfort. To follow my first pregnancy, I was persistent and planning on/hoping for a nice, calm, easy going vaginal delivery again. At 35 weeks, I found out Penelope was full breech and stubborn. I tried almost everything in the books to flip this girl with no change. We tried all the circuits and exercises. I practically lived upside down for the last month of my pregnancy. We tried lights, music, acupuncture and an unsuccessful ECV. I prayed to the gods, the universe and anyone listening for her to please flip and get ready. My last ditch effort was meditation. I ‘gave up’ and released my control. I asked P to show me what she needed and to help me create a plan in her best interest. This gave me the most peace I had had in weeks. I was now ready. I felt confident in her safety. I felt confident in my strength no matter the outcome.

My doctor knew the importance of a vaginal delivery, if safe for Penelope. He connected me with multiple OBGYNs in hopes of finding someone who can assist me in the delivery. The first doctor booked a cesarean for January 14th. We sat on this appointment for a week but as it got closer it felt more and more ‘wrong.’ It just wasn’t what I felt she wanted or I needed. I reached out to my GP and he booked me with another OBGYN. It took a couple tries but I found someone who’s birth plan aligned perfectly with mine, without prompting. He explained the risks and statistics associated with a breech delivery. Unfortunately these deliveries are rare today which means statistic sample sizes are limited. SO we also weighed pros and cons. In order for a breech delivery to be successful, there is specific criteria that needs to be met. Baby needs to be around 7-9lbs, full breech with a tucked head and lots of amniotic fluid. Mama (ideally) needs to be on her second vaginal delivery. Due to my first delivery, we knew this one would be quick and we assumed she wouldn’t delay in my pelvis. We monitored the last week and a half of my pregnancy closer and she checked all the boxes making us perfect candidates for the delivery. The OBGYN was in full support and confident in me waiting and delivering vaginally. This was SO important, his knowledge, education and confidence was all I needed to feel SO good about this option.

With everyone on board, we played hurry up and wait for my water to break. As we approached 40 weeks, I saw my OBGYN to discuss options if my water didn’t break. (Really we discussed when to book a cesarean). We also decided to do a sweep that day to encourage labour. This took about 10 minutes to work. Contractions began as soon as I walked out of the office and got in the truck. I went home and we waited. Due to her position, contractions were in my pelvis, not my abdomen like expected. I contracted through the night every 10 minutes or so and into Tuesday morning. I contracted through the morning and knew this was the day! Things began to progress around noon so I decided to shower and get ready to go. During my shower I contracted 5 times in 20 minutes. They were coming faster and stronger but still no water breaking. I did some last minute research and discovered they may have to break my water at the hospital. Due to her position, we assumed there wasn’t enough pressure low enough to break it on it’s own. We decided to call the doctor and go. By the time we left the house, contractions were 2-4 minutes apart and intensifying. We live an hour from the hospital so it was quite a drive to say the least haha

We made it to Northfield Rd in Nanaimo, around 10 minutes of lights and traffic to get to the hospital. At a very busy red light, I got the urge to push. If you’ve had babies, you know this means it’s time. I squeezed alllll my muscles the opposite direction to hug her in and fight the urge. I called the doctor to meet us right away as I knew this was it! We pulled some sketchy moves and got to the hospital in time.

I was quickly checked in and prepped by the support staff for delivery. I was fully dialated and ready to go upon arrival. This was around 330/4pm. We were long past the point of any medication and I am uninterested in an epidural so that was that. Contractions were steady with minimal or no break and all in my pelvis. My water still hadn’t broken so I began to push in hopes of bursting the sac. It worked! I managed to push P low enough to burst the sac. It didn’t take long for her to drop and (I haven’t looked at the photos yet) begin to drop her feet earth side. (Yes you read that right….there are photos of feet….just feet, dangling). We let her take her time and drop further into my pelvis before bearing down and pushing. I pushed for 15-20 minutes allowing her to slowly make her way. She did. She progressed beautifully on her own with a little encouraging. It was just that fast, we had our baby girl earth side and HEALTHY. She dropped both feet, I felt her shoulders ‘pop’ and her head followed effortlessly. Penelope had no complications and a perfectly round head πŸ˜‰

Now having a breech delivery and ‘normal’ delivery, I have to admit this one felt better (LOL). Experiencing feet, hips, shoulders and lastly head made for a smoother transition and gave my body a better chance of adjusting and stretching. I never felt the same amount of pain as I did with Maddox. My contractions and urge to push came from my pelvis as apposed to my whole abdomin like my last delivery. The urge to push felt like a strong urge to pee. It was a very isolated feeling and required a conscious choice to use my whole core to push. Definitely different πŸ™‚

I am recovered, feeling amazing and Penelope is perfection. I am in full gratitude to my doctors and hospital staff for supporting my beautiful breech delivery. With their support and shared vision, I avoided a cesarean and had a completely natural, vaginal, breech delivery. It took multiple consultations, half a dozen ultrasounds and a little stress and worry but we made it happen.

I hope this beautiful experience encourages you to SHARE IT because these deliveries are rare. I hope it encourages expecting mamas to explore their options. If a vaginal delivery is important to you, explore your options, there is so much possibility you may be missing.

No, not every breech story ends this way, I knew that but if your end result is the same whether you plan on a cesarean or plan to wait it out, why not wait it out? For me, it was important to try. My OBGYN was comfortable letting me go full term which allowed Penelope and my body the time it needed to begin labour instead of booking a cesarean without that chance. Having the right support staff made all the difference. They weren’t uncertain or worried or even skeptical. They were confident in my delivery and confident in a rushed c-section if she didn’t transition through my pelvis fast enough.

I learnt so much through my research and consultations. If you have questions or need support, please reach out to me. I know how stressful and wearing this decision can be πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Packing Your Hospital Bag!

What’s in your hospital bag? This is one of the exciting parts of preparing for your new addition. It means it’s almost time!

I always see this question online and intended on blogging it for Maddox. My pregnancy came to an unexpected halt and I packed my back 30 minutes before driving to the hospital…oops! This time, I’m a little more on top of it.

It’s like packing for vacation, always hard to plan for the unknown. Ideally, we all want to plan for a few comfort items for the afternoon or an overnight in the hospital. Based on my last experience, this doesn’t always work and you need to be comfortable up to a few nights.

When I packed my bag this time, I asked myself a few different question.

What am I packing for? I am packing for a breech delivery that may end up in a c section, which could leave me in the hospital for a couple nights.

What do I need to deliver comfortably and what will keep me focused?

β€’ Calm spray/lavender spray

β€’ Enough Pillows

β€’ Iced water

β€’ Slippers if I need to walk around

β€’ Tissues (I bring my own, hospital ones are so rough).

β€’ Scrunchie

β€’ Lip balm

β€’ Cup with a lid and straw. I use my Starbucks cold tumbler πŸ™‚

Other suggestions are a ball, music (I might try music this time) TENS machine, personal belongings/items, picture for meditation/breathing.

What do I need to get a good nights sleep?

β€’ My own pillow

β€’ Fuzzy blanket

β€’ Eye mask

β€’ Essential Oils

β€’ Water bottle for cold water (I’m weirdly temperature specific)

What do I need post delivery?

β€’ Shower items (soap, shampoo, sandles, cloth)

β€’ Hair dryer, moisturizer, toothbrush, chapstick, perineal healing spray.

β€’ Iced water, electrolytes, food!

β€’ Clean clothes (dresses/rompers/high rise or maturnity tights work best for me)

β€’ PJs with a button down front for easy nursing

β€’ Socks, nursing bra, comfortable panties (I didn’t need more than a regular pad last time so regular panties worked perfect. I liked full bum, seamless). You will get the lovely hospital mesh ones. Use them! They’re great when needed πŸ’—

β€’ TOILET PAPER. Seriously, you don’t need to share with everyone but your yoohoo will thank you after a vaginal delivery.

β€’ Nipple shield. There’s mixed thoughts on these but I found they saved me while we were learning. Last time, my milk didn’t come in right away but we still practiced latching and encouraged it to come.

What I discovered last time was getting clean/freshened up and being comfortable made a HUGE difference for me. I made sure to maintain as close to my regular routine as possible so that even when things are burning, throbbing, over all uncomfortable I felt good in my skin πŸ™‚

Everyone is always different when it comes to lists like this. I think the most important part is to ask yourself a few questions to guide your packing and then to write down the items.

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Cellucation: cellulite education.

Ohhhhh Cellulite….according to studies 90% of women and 10% of men will get this at some point in their lives. Regardless of its frequency, we hate when it shows up. Cellulite appears when the layer of fat under the skin presses against the connective tissue and bulges. There are numerous causes of cellulite, some we can control and some we can’t. I get asked about the causes and ‘cures’ of cellulite all the time which is why I decided to write about it. It’s SO important to remember it’s normal, natural and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by…it’s life 😊 That being said, a little education never hurts.

There are sooo many different ‘types’ and classifications of cellulite…I am going to explain two predominant ‘types’, hard and soft. Soft cellulite is soft, saggy and covers a larger area. It does not attach to the muscle making it move around more. It can be the result of lymphatic problems and can often be cold or clammy to touch. It is also usually with looser skin. On the plus side, it sits closer to the surface making it easier to treat. Hard cellulite is more concentrated and lives closer to the muscle. Hard cellulite is haaarder to see and treat as it sits deeper. Most of us have soft cellulite.

For me, hormonal changes during pregnancy gave me cellulite. Hormonal changes (especially a decline in estrogen) may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in collagen production. A thinner collagen layer, an increase in fat cells and change in blow flood can all create the appearance of cellulite.  This means that cellulite is also common around menopause as estrogen levels decrease Prolactin can also make cellulite more visible as it increases water retention in fat cells making them lumpier and larger. 

Prolonged sitting or inactivity can also cause cellulite. Decreased activity can change circulatory patterns in the body.

High levels of insulin increase the amount of fat your body produces in the form of triglycerides. Insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into these fatty acids and stored. So a high intake of carbs results in higher insulin levels and may create the appearance of cellulite.

Unfortunately ladies, some of it is in our make up. We have a higher risk of developing cellulite because our connective tissue and fat cells are arranged slightly different to men. I’ve attached a couple photos to demonstrate soft cellulite. It covers a large area around my hips. After pregnancy I noticed it in the front a little as well. I think this was largely due to water retention as it disappeared faster and easier than the rest. It’s mostly gone now but is still visible in the fatty area below my butt #2018goals. Right now I’m working on cleaning my diet after Christmas and bumping my total body water a little.

So we all want to know…how do I get rid of it?? Thankfully, there are tons of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. πŸ˜‰

Massage. A low, gentle pressure applied slowly over the area helps elongate the fascia and connective tissue. It can also improve circulation in the area. Get someone to massage the area, do it yourself or grab your foam roller. Dry brushing is another method to exfoliate and improve circulation.

Coffee scrub or wrap. I personally didn’t find this worked for me, but it definitely might for you! Caffeine stimulates blood and lymphatic flow to the area. It also exfoliates the skin. Coffee is rich in antioxidants which some think can penetrate the skin and boost collagen and elastin.

Balance your hormones. Paying attention to your diet, exercise, sleep and carbohydrates. These things may affect your hormone balance thus affecting the appearance of cellulite in your body. If you’re unsure of these things, see a health care professional.

Essential oils. The correct use of EOs can improve the activity of your lymph glands and improve circulation thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Change your diet. Monitor the amount of carbs you consume. By balancing your diet you can reduce the amount of fat that goes into storage. Drinking lots of water will also metabolize toxin buildup and hydrate connective tissue.

That’s the quick and dirty edition to cellulite education and helpful tools to reduce it’s appearance. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Saturday Flow

Saturday mornings are my FAVOURITE.  This one especially. The powers been out in town which means no TV or distractions.  As Nic ran around town trying to find breakfast, mini man joined me for a workout.  

Ive done pretty good staying motivated buuut I’ve hit a plateau again at the end of this week which means time for a change! Its been a while since putting myself on a written program so that’s what I did 😊 starting today, I’m on a new 3/4 week program, with a 3/4 day split πŸ‘Œ I’m actually really excited to have a plan…no bullshit or procrastinating when I workout. Sometimes having my minion makes it hard to stay on track, but this way I can make it happen easier and I already feel more set up and intentional 😊 
Im really excited to share my progress with you guys over the next few weeks 😊 

I’ve changed it up a bit and am doing: 

Day 1, back/core/shoulders

Day 2, legs

Day 3, arms/chest 

with a fourth option of additional shoulders/glutes/core depending on my week! 

My goal is to allow enough recovery time to optimize my gains. Textbook says no longer than 72 hrs between workouts (for specific muscle groups) so this should work great! 

Each day has 8-12 exercises (with some combos) so I can complete every day, no excuses or issues with time! Im also being VERY intentional to do 4 days of cardio in addition to my weights. 

If you’re wasting time in the gym lost and confused (πŸ˜›) feel free to send me a message about program planning! You can check out my options in my store too 😊😊

Happy Saturday! 

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What I Had to SacrificeΒ 

I’m currently just over 3 months post partum and have lost 24 lbs and am sitting only 1% out of my pre-baby body composition (yay for muscle gain!) I’ve lost 4 inches in my waist, 1.5 inches per thigh, and 2 inches in my hips. I’ve been focusing really hard on muscle gain and functional cardio (running and hiking). These changes aren’t huge I guess…but for me, it means I’ve almost restored my pre baby body  (just in time to have another right? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ kidding). Im not there yet, but I know I will be soon πŸ’•

These changes have felt glacial and have come with sacrifices…a lot of sacrifices haha. After being pregnant for 9 months there were definitely things I needed to get in my body…if I’m being candid, it was mostly just alcohol and mac and cheese but I’ve maintained a healthy balance between good and not so good. After that quick purge, I knew it was time to get serious if I wanted to accomplish my goals. A few areas I’ve made sacrifices are…

1. Staying on the move. With a new baby that loves to cuddle it can be hard to put him down but it’s important to take this time to get stuff done and care for yourself. My baby carrier has been my best friend. I walk, he sleeps…its a win win. The more I do, the more energy I have. If he’s fussy, bouncing him with squats works way better than sitting on the couch crying with him because I can’t solve his issue. 

2. I reduced my gluten intake drastically. Although living gluten free/no grain carbs isn’t sustainable for me…reducing them is. I cut out bread and baked goods and sub in vegetable noodles for pasta. Ive noticed a HUGE difference in how I look and feel. 

3. No beer/wine/hard teas. Okay…Ill have the occasional one but I have subbed in gin and soda and drastically reduced the amount of alcohol. 

4. I am committed to working out. I balance weight training and functional cardio to optimize my fat burning and improve my body composition. Unfortunately walking isn’t enough work to really change my body so I have to put the work in. I workout every day but Sunday. Sometimes I get an hour, sometimes 20 minutes…it really doesn’t matter but you have to make it count. 

5. No eating past 730pm. Im usually up late so I cut myself off past 730pm unless its a special occassion. This means I have to eat enough throughout the day or I’ll get hungry. If I do a late workout I will drink a small protein shake because…gains haha but be smart about it. Late night snacking is a killer.

That’s all I can think of for now haha at the end of the day, you have to make your own magic…good shit comes to those that work their ass off (in this case literally πŸ˜‚). If you’re working hard and not seeing changes, its time to mix up your routine or make another sacrifice (sorry not sorry). Balance and sustainability are so important to keep in mind while you’re assessing your situation and sacrifices. Make choices you know are GOOD for your body πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Finding your post baby confidenceΒ 

No matter how healthy your pregnancy may be, the post baby body can be a hard adjustment. Unless you are a unicorn, your tummy skin will be different, you may have some left over water weight and some left over fat gain.

If you’re anything like me this is a frustrating and sometimes defeating point with your body. Its hard to find time to exercise and if you remember to eat, you might find it hard to make time. I’ve mastered the bottle in one hand, fork in another πŸ˜‚ but it’s crazy hard balancing personal health/wellness while focussing on this tiny human. Remember…your wellness (and sanity) are important to your family. For me, feeling good is SO important. A happy mindset is the most important component to my wellness. Feeling good is a game changer. 

Now…finding confidence with a post baby body…

Keep a positive mindset. You just did the most amazing thing in the world. You grew, nurtured and cared for this being during pregnancy and every second after. You pushed through wild pain, endured sleepless nights, long days and more. You are a powerful, wonderful warrior. Tell yourself that daily.

Prioritize your health! No matter what point you’re at (pregnant, 4 weeks post partum or a year post partum), it is time to prioritize your health. This means exercising and eating well (and enough) amongst other things. Some days I get to workout alone in the gym, some days I work out in my living room while Maddox fusses and other days we run/hike/walk together. No matter how much work, wife or mom I do in a day, I always make time to exercise because it feels good and I know I’m one day stronger and tighter. 

If you know you’re carb crazy or have a sweet tooth, reduce the amount of these foods in your house and get your family on board. Support will make all the difference. Meal prepping makes for better days in my house. 

Do something nice for yourself.  I’ve gone back to gettin my nails done…I don’t make time for fancy hair on a regular day… now it’s definitely not happening haha but pick something you can maintain that makes you feel pretty and isn’t a pain in the ass to do

Focus on what you love, not what you want to change. I love my legs and πŸ‘…so I focus on that. When I workout I focus on improving my muscle mass, not making my tummy perfect again. Just like how ‘you won’t find Mr. Right if you’re looking for him’ you won’t find your abs if you’re looking for them πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ so focus on the bits you love the most…and tell them daily. 

Get your body back NOW not later. Its easy to put off and easy to forget about but taking that time to care for yourself feels good now and you’ll thank yourself down the road. Always remember to love yourself and your inner badass πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Getting motivatedΒ 

We always hear “the hardest part is getting started” and “its good for you” from our friends, trainer or the internet. (I can be guilty of this fluff sometimes too πŸ™ˆ).

But why is it always so hard maintain momentum to work out or eat clean when it is soooo good for you?!

That’s easy enough to answer … We let it slide because it’s hard, uncomfortable, uninteresting, scary, time consuming, too expensive, requires some preparation and on and on we go. It’s easy to make excuses.

Maintaining a good fitness level and proper nutrition not only helps you look and feel great but a healthy lifestyle improves our cognitive, social and physical well being.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada Canada, four in five Canadian adults have at least one modifiable risk factor, and one in five live with at least one of the following major chronic diseases: CVD, cancer, CRD and diabetes. Two-thirds of all deaths each year are caused by these major chronic diseases. In addition, mood and anxiety disorders are also common among Canadians and account for the leading cause of disability for working age adults.

So how can we stay motivated for healthy living? If the fear of chronic disease doesn’t motivate you enough, try these tricks to get your body going.

1. Find a workout partner or accountability buddy. This person knows your goals and supports you.

2. Define your why. Whether your doctor has recommended lifestyle modifications, you want to keep up with your kids or get your body back…make sure you know why you’re doing it. I wouldn’t do something without knowing the reason for it.

3. Set a short term goal.
“This week I will exercise 3 times.”  Make it attainable and make sure if supports your end goal πŸ™‚

4. Pick activities you LOVE and inspire you! If you don’t like lifting weights at the gym or running, don’t do it. There are SOOOOO many activities to pick from these days. Pick something FUN or you won’t prioritize it very high.

5. Reward yourself! Give yourself a real reward for achieving your short term goal. Whether it be a cute new workout top, a guilt free hour of your favourite TV show, or that Caesar you’ve saved for Sunday. Make sure to treat yo self.

6. Make some new friends. Find active people and make new friends! Don’t try and convert your inactive friends to an active lifestyle just yet (that’s not usually successful) but find some people that will drag your ass out of bed and challenge you to try fun new things.

7. Mix it up. In a regular week I paddleboard, hike/walk, cycle, lift weights, swim and play sports in the park. If I didn’t…I would get bored.

8. Find a job or hobby that forces you to be active. This could be working with kids, a side job in the fitness industry, walking dogs, organizing a walking group, joining a sports team….the options are endless and these things keeps you off the couch at night or on the weekend.

9. Pay someone personally. Join a bootcamp, find a trainer or pay your spouse or friend for missed workouts/activities. We are more inclined to show up when our hard earned money is on the line and we know someone will be disappointed by skipping.

10. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Don’t get wrapped up in “losing 10lbs,” looking like that girl (or guy) on instagram or spot training one area of your body. Give yourself a fu*king break and embrace the good you are doing! Do your arms look more defined? Do your jeans fit better? Can you pick up your kids easier? Can you paddle or walk longer? Acknowledge, enjoy and celebrate every little detail.

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All about ABS

Who likes tight abs? You, me, we all do! Maybe you know, maybe you don’t but our ‘abs’ are comprised of more than one muscle. There are actually 3 main components to our abs. Β Not only does it look good to keep this area in check, having a strong core offers improved posture, spinal stability, shape and more.

The transverse abdominis is your deepest abdominal muscle. It helps the breathing process by assisting exhalation as its main function is to active the core muscles and stabilize the pelvis. It also helps resist lumbar flexion, assisting in proper posture.

The rectus abdominis (or 6 pack muscles) assist in flexion of the spine. We can also contract these muscles during bowel movements, breathing and laughing 😊

Obliques are split into your external and internal obliques. The internal oblique lay beneath the external oblique muscle. They have similar functions in that they assists the abdominal wall in respiration and torso twisting.

Serratus anterior are my favourite looking muscles. They are represented by a saw tooth pattern and don’t function the core despite their location. These muscles attach to the scapula holding it in position.
These exercises are great for anyone Β (Including pregnancy babes!).

Some great exercises to strengthen your core are:

Plank:

You can perform a plank from your hands or elbows and knees or toes. You want to make sure you tuck your tummy and avoid a saggy lower back. It also helps to protract the shoulder blades to create a strong base.

Ball rollout:

This is similar to using an ab roller with more control and stability. Start with the ball 2 feet or so away from the body, and roll the ball forwards creating the end position seen in the photo. Remember to engage the core and tuck your tummy to avoid a saggy lower back.

Bird dog:

Start in a table top (hands and knees) position and slowly lift the alternating arm and leg. Tuck the tummy and keep a strong core. Give a little extra squeeze at the top.

Side plank:

Great for the obliques! This one can also be done from hands or elbows. Make sure your shoulders stay stacked on top of each other and feet stay stacked.

Modified Boat pose:

If you’ve done yoga or Pilates this is no stranger to you! You can lift the feet or keep them on the ground as I have. You can use your hands or let them stay straight beside the outside of youe legs.

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Pregnancy weight gain

Ok ok ok, I am 3 weeks behind on posting this πŸ™ˆ it’s shameful I know and I have zero excuses for you. I found this topic really interesting as I went through my prenatal fitness course and wanted to talk a little about it. There is often a lot of misconception on pregnancy and how we treat the body. There are SO many common ‘myths’ about eating for two, craving/eating what ‘the baby wants’ and they’re all lies! 

The SOGC/CSEP (society of obstetricians and gynecologists/Canadian society for exercise physiology) use BMI categories to determine the approximate weight gain based on your current weight/height/gender. Now I’m not a huge fan of the BMI but I do appreciate the guidelines they offer in this case. 

If you are unfamiliar with the BMI it follows these 4 categories. I have added the pregnancy weight gain for comparison 😊

BMI <18 -weight gain: 15-25lbs

BMI 18.5-24.9 -weight gain: 25-35lbs

BMI 25-29.9 -weight gain: 15-25lbs

BMI >\=30 -weight gain: 11-20 lbs

Now these numbers aren’t exact science. Everybody’s body is different and let’s be honest, when you move through the different stages of pregnancy it can be hard to maintain a lean clean diet all the time. That being said it does offer an aspirational guideline if you move through this from the first trimester. If you’re nearing the end and have exceeded this recommendation, don’t worry about it now and definitely don’t try to undo 😊 Pregnancy needs fitness maintenance and healthy eating. 

To break it down further, 

The average newborn baby is 8lbs. 

Placenta: 2-3lb

Increased blood supply: 4lbs

Large uterus: 2-5lbs

Amniotic fluid: 2-3lb

Increased breast tissue: 2-3lb 

Stored fat: 5-9lbs 

This totals at around 25-30lbs of baby required weight at full term. 

If you’re like me and typically eat a lean and low calorie diet, watching calories can also be more important. In the first trimester baby is so tiny calories don’t matter. As you move into the second and third trimester, baby’s needs become a little higher and they may require more calories for healthy growth and function. It is recommended women increase their calories by 300 in the second trimester and around 500 in the third trimester. This is an easy extra snack or two. Keep in mind these need to be healthy calories to ensure your growing baby gets all the nutrients they need for proper development. 😊 

I am a firm believer that we are in control of our bodies and there are a lot of things we can do to improve our pregnancy experience. Some call it luck that I’ve made it 34 weeks with no cravings, sickness and only healthy weight gain, but it’s not luck. I stacked the cards in my deck to try and create the best outcome. I don’t cave to ‘cravings’, I worked out through the bit of sickness I had and I eat well! I treat my body as if I am as capable as I was before pregnancy. I think a strong mind contributes to a strong body and I don’t let people do things for me (within reason). I am not a delicate flower, I am strong and capable and I treat myself that way πŸ’• always know your strength! You will need it soon 😊

Following these guidelines not only ensure personal health, but encourage the development of a happy, healthy baby. 😊 if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! 

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Bump Day update!

Happy Easter! 

Today marks 30 weeks of pregnancy and I couldn’t be more excited for my nearing due date. In addition to this I get to blog from my WARM and sunny patio tonight while muffins bake in the oven which is amazing. With the warmer weather and busy work weeks I know the next 10 weeks are going to fly by. 

For some reason 30 weeks is a big milestone for me, the last months I’ve told myself as soon as I get here, baby will be in my arms before I know it. I took a little time to look back to earlier in my pregnancy and giggle at how tiny I was but how exciting that little bump was. I was willing it to grow. Now that baby’s getting bigger, I’m willing an easy way to put my runners on πŸ˜‚ or to have an easy shower….showering is officially harder than working out. 

I started here, at 19 weeks documenting my pregnancy changes. I still can’t decide if thats a tiny baby bump or if I was a little bloated haha who knows. 

I snapped this one on my way out the door yesterday, my 30 week baby! The last few weeks have been the most wonderful weeks where baby’s soft whispy movements have turned into full on kicks, rolls and dance moves. The best part, Nic can feel them now too 😊

I’m realizing now that all the content I mentioned in social media today is a lot to cram in and I want to dive into weight gain during pregnancy because I find weight gain misconceptions super common. Ill share about this one in a post later this week.

I am also really excited to share about my 4 week prenatal fitness program. There are SO many benefits to exercising during pregnancy and I hope to share that with other expecting moms. This program is packed with information and a progressive workout program. As there are things to avoid while exercising, it can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re learning from Pinterest or Google searches. 

So..what we all want to know, what do you get?

β€’FIIT for every level 

β€’Intensity measurements

β€’A tested 4 week fitness program

β€’written cues and images for each exercise

β€’suggested sets and reps 

β€’Information on warning signs, prenatal core and avoiding diastasis recti 

β€’5 workouts + a warm up and extra core workout 

β€’Improved CV and muscular endurance 

β€’More energy! 

I want to make this available to EVERYONE so I will be offering this program for 40$, yours to keep 😊

If you’re pregnant or know someone who is feel free to share this information! The program will go live May 1st but you can prepurchase to get it early!