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Confession of a not so glowing pregnant woman

Excited about baby on the way, but hit by reality of feeling like the “not so glowing pregnant mom to be”? If that is you it is okay…It is okay to feel this way so stop being so hard on yourself, we are all unique and different on the journey preparing for the new life we will give birth to in just a few months.

No matter how well you think you prepare yourself mentally for pregnancy you may not be able to anticipate all of the different changes that are about to take place in your body…

I’m just over 23 weeks pregnant as I’m typing this post and thought I would share my personal experience. This is my second pregnancy. My daughter will be turning 6 in January 2019 and our baby girl will be born end of February, beginning of March 2019, we will find out the day today so will keep you posted.

Pregnancy is different for every women. Some woman glow with good health and vitality during their pregnancy and others feel miserable and tired and maybe a bit depressed. I’ve never been as tired in my life accompanied by emotions like a rollercoaster like in my first trimester or well throughout this time. From driven and ambitious to lifelessness’ is there such a word? Well I don’t know but it sums it up. Daily tasks became an effort and left me exhausted and out of breath before I even got started. Where training is part of my everyday life I went to no training in no time…Why, because I was just to tired and self-conscious about my serious weight gain!!!

Some common changes like sore breasts, this is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. They are triggered by hormonal changes, which are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby. Once again some are just too happy to have fuller breasts where others not so much…Going up not one cup size but 3 sizes in 5 months, yip that’s me…. Now let me tell you that in itself is heavy, uncomfortable and just terrible to say the least. Keep in mind I’m 1.52m.

Food cravings and aversions are real. The only craving I had in my first trimester was for anything lemon. Crushed ice with lemon was the most refreshing drink I could have but make sure to take note on what you drink and the sugar intake of your drinks. Drink more liquids to stay hydrated especially in these warm climates during summer in South Africa. Drinking water is extra-important during pregnancy, and it’s more important than ever to ensure your source is safe. Your recommended daily water intake is higher during pregnancy so keep that in mind. Expect frequent irritation. Blame all of it on hormones or progesterone or whatever, it is shit to say it mildly. Increased fatigue and changing hormones = Mood swings. Things are getting real, you can’t control them ALL of the time whether you give it your best shot. You can be excessively happy and the next moment depressed and crying.

We are all different and we all respond to things differently and the sooner you realize it the better for your own well-being. So to the glowing mothers out there gaining some or no weight, glowing and vitalized and loving every second of the physical changes, I’m so happy for you and can’t imagine how amazing the entire experience must be. To the rest waking up tired, taking it day by day to get through the mental struggle accompanied by the changes, hats of to you as well.

This is to all the pregnant mommies reading this post. You got this and it will soon be over. Every second is so worth it, holding that little one in our arms will let all the negatives disappear in a blink of an eye. I might feel the most self-conscious and insecure, unattractive that I have ever felt in my life, but it is only temporary, it will get better. I am mentally prepared to make a comeback in every area of my life including health and fitness related. Back to prepping food and eating 100% clean and healthy. To working out at least 5 times a week and getting mentally fit. This is to healthy living, body, mind and soul.

If you feel like you’re going through the same emotions leave a comment below, or share this post-reaching women to realize it is OKAY not to be glowing and smiling 24/7. It is okay to feel overwhelmed by all the changes happening. It is okay to speak out about it or even reach out for help. This does not mean that you are weak or have less excitement for the miracle growing inside of you, yes it may be suppressed by some of the things mentioned above but you know deep down in your heart the way you feel about your little one and that in itself exceeds every possible negative there could be. Being a mother is the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience and gift. So keep that in mind and keep going.

Let’s do this, one step at a time.

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DAY 1 TOTAL BODY POST-PREGNANCY TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE…

Okay so let me try again…Weeks have passed since the birth of my little angel girl Kaylen born on the 8th of January 2013.

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As a result of being pregnant I gained a shocking amount of weight. To be exact 22kg. The morning I went in for delivery I weighed 73kg. When I found out I was pregnant April 2012 I weighed in at 51kg (I had to gain weight from 48kg to be able to get pregnant for my weight/fat percentage was to low at the time).

I went from this: 45.7KG

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To this in 9 months: 73 KG

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I have to admit I hated being pregnant, feeling the way I did. Some people LOVE being pregnant and the way their bodies change but it wasn’t for me!

Since the day I got out of the hospital I made a mindful decision to get straight back on my clean eating. I couldn’t start training with my cesarean and had to wait 6-8 weeks on recovery! So my wound healed but still NO GYM. Allot has happened since and I got separated with my husband and so the story goes on. To get to the bottom of it – Getting to gym was almost impossible and there was always excuses of how difficult it is – which it is. I just didn’t have the time as a first time “single” parent to manage my schedule and everything that goes with it not even to mention the lack of sleep!

25 February 2013: 65KG

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Currently this is where I’m at :-(: 20 May 2013 – 55.7KG

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BUT today is the day that I decided it is TIME. Being unfit and in bad shape really got to me this last couple of months! I want to look and feel my best. No more excuses or what ifs it is now TIME!

So fat measurements was done today and the horrible BEFORE pics was. Remember for someone that use to be in “top” shape this is a huge thing to share or make public but I’m going to do this for one reason and that is to help others and to motivate myself in the process…I am so embarrassed about the weight I gained and can go on about my under-active thyroid and medication being wrong etc but I’M DONE WITH EXCUSES…

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I have allot of water retention, cellulite etc and this will require hard work and dedication like never before!

I will try to share my journey on a daily basis but I cant make any promises as I mentioned before to do this will take allot of dedication and time.

What I have learned from my previous challenge is not to allow your mind to stand in the way of reaching your goals. “Weight loss is more than a physical challenge, its a mental challenge.”

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I’m so glad about the Whatsapp group that I started – This is a great way to motivate and inspire each other! Get someone that can help you or motivate you when things get tough!

So being able to track progress I started of with a before pic and this will follow by taking progress pics every second week with fat %!

I was SO shocked today when I saw myself on the photographs. I almost burst into tears. I took a moment to realize where I’m at but then I knew I had to change my way of thinking to where I’m heading at.

So if you feel discouraged before you even started don’t worry I know how it feels but we just have to be positive and believe in ourselves.

Please do share your story on your weight loss journey I would love to hear more about it.

You can even email your story to lifestylechallenges@gmail.com and we can motivate and inspire each other together.

I trained Chest & Tricepst today – Started with Jamie Easons Livefit trainer. What an amazing program to follow she is a role model and I’m so inspired by her.

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So lets do this!

Have a super day

Celebrating 4 Months…

Reflecting on the past 4 months…Emotions that I cant explain. There was good days, bad days, happy days, sad days but most of it was days filled with an everlasting love!

Boo its only 4 months that we are together but YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE completely. When I think of the joy you bring to my heart I cant help but to have a tear of joy running down my cheek.

We have been through tough tough times but we have each other. Waking up to your smile each morning is priceless.

I dedicate my life to raise you up in the best of my ability. You are my gift from God. Being a mother is amazing and I am honored.

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It’s a GIRL…

I’m super excited and have to share our wonderful news with you.

We had a doctors appointment today for our 18 weeks 2 days check up to see how baby Kidson is progressing 🙂

Well we got the wonderful amazing news that I’m expecting a little baby girl. I’m so excited and cant stop smiling!

Now I can start with the nursery and believe it or not my mind have changed regarding the style and ideas I had!

What do you think of this room?

I just love the colours together – Grey and a deep cerise pink?

Then I came across these and absolutely love the idea so some DIY for me ;-):

This is super cute to keep things organized maybe next to the bathing station?

I know I have baby fever like you wont believe – I just want to shop and get the room done now that we know its a girl.

I will keep you posted as I go along we started with the room this weekend – What a messy project to plaster. Will have to replace the carpets. But oh well so worth it.

Have a great day and will post this week more about a healthy pregnancy / fitness and the status of my gym program!

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A special day…

Wow what an exceptional day…There is so many things that I want to type or share that I actually don’t know where to start!

This is a Prego post for all the beautiful mommies or pregnant ladies out there or even those thinking about getting pregnant or whatever this is for you!

Let me tell you today that it is an absolute miracle to see a little growing person when going for a sonar. Today was a day filled with so many emotions. This was our second visit to the doctor and we had an appointment with a specialist who specializes in analyzing sonar’s and who does the scan for down syndrome etc. Not sure what you call her position but wow what a visit! While being confident that nothing will be wrong there will always be that “stressful” moment to see if everything is ok with baby and that there are no abnormalities.

I’m 12 weeks and 4 days today, expected due date is 19 January 2013 and even though I feel like a mini hippo at the moment it is just so worth it all! I did speak to the doc about my concerns for picking up SO MANY weight and he assured me that I don’t have anything to worry about at this stage and that when he met me I was way to small weighing just under 45kg! He also mentioned that I must remember that the intensity in my training took a huge setback and that I must just relax and stay healthy by making the right nutritious choices. So it is time to make peace and be grateful for every second! So to the ladies feeling a bit fat or bloated we all have those days and there will be better days! Being pregnant is something beautiful and you as a women is precious and beautiful no matter what the scale may show you! Don’t condemn who you are and where you’re at. Look ahead and be confident in who you are!

So let me share with you our amazing visit by showing you a video and photo or two 🙂

I find it very informative when browsing the net searching for a 12 week scan/sonar or to get an idea of what to expect even though every visit / person will have a different experience!

Baby even waved at us at a stage or that is what mommy believe he/she did ;-). We saw all 1o the fingers, feet, nose, little lips, heard the heartbeat at 150bpm and 64.5mm long. Its really an unbelievable feeling when you hear the heartbeat and see that everything is in place.

This is a clip of baby Kidson 🙂

This was amazing, baby kicked and moved around for a while was amazing to see:

And this is mommy with her #babybump 😉

Here I go off to gym will post tomorrow telling you about my out of breath 5km Challenge day 1 😉

The fun part of pregnancy

Shopping shopping shopping 😉

I know I’m only going for 10 weeks now but all I can think of is what to do, what is must have items, the baby nursery and so the list goes on.

Is it normal?

If I could have my way the nursery would have been completed yesterday already 🙂

The journey is so amazing so far. Yes there is the ups and downs that is a sure fact. Like me sitting in front of my PC as I type struggling to keep my eyes open! Like feeling uncomfortable in my clothes and in the gym for the first time…Having mood swings like you won’t believe and then obviously experiencing emotions that I never felt existed at time. BUT again the thought of being blessed by being pregnant makes it all worth it I believe.

I’m very luck up to now to not have any morning sickness. I rather take the moods than being sick…

So back to shopping…

What was the first things you purchased?

This is my shopping basket so far…

Then I browsed for some nursery ideas and this is what I came across that I like. In some there is only an element that I like not perhaps the colour of the room for example.

This is how I want to paint the nursery, all just depend if it is a little boy or a girl.

So where it is blue it will be either be blue (if a boy) or a very selective pink (if a little girl).

Let me know what you think?

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