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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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Week 5 Progress – YOUR best is the best…

Hi all my fit and fab friends, how is everyone doing?

Well I decided to do a post on my progress – Week 5 is where I’m at!

I have to admit that its been a “challenge” this last 5 weeks just to actually manage my schedule/time and lifestyle to make it to the gym. I realized by the end of week 4 that I’m putting so much pressure on myself and decided to make a MIND SHIFT! Things have changed in my life and it is time for me to adapt accordingly. NO I cant train twice a day like I use to – I’m limited to 45-60 min 4x a week so I had to make the decision get negative about it or embrace it and see it as my effort of the best!

So I cancelled my 4 week measurement session but decided yesterday I must face it…So I went and hey I was impressed with myself.

Dropped only 1kg but so much in centimeters and fat.

Herewith my 5 week measurement.

Week 5 Measurements 001

Week 5 Progress Pics:

Week 5 Progress Pic

I want to encourage you to take progress photographs EVEN if you don’t feel like it! I didn’t realize I was making progress until I saw this photos. It will motivate you to work hard!

Day 1 - Week 5

NEVER GIVE UP -Even if your progress is slow or you only manage 45 min a day or whatever situation you face JUST KNOW that your best is the best!

There is times that I feel discouraged and think about all the reasons WHY I cant train or get to the gym – but the difference is I still do it even though I don’t feel like it 😉

So again I want to encourage you to put in the effort that you know you are capable of – If it takes you 3 months longer to reach your goals so be it at least you are on your way!

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING THINK ABOUT WHY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE…

 

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 😉

Beautiful Monday…

Hello all my amazing friends following my blog – Welcome to a new bright and beautiful week – Monday…

How was your weekend? I had a super amazing weekend. There is nothing like spending time with good friends…Had so much laughs, fun and such a great time!

First of all does this sound familiar to you: “I’ll start Monday with my diet”, “I will focus again on Monday” or whatever the sentence or context its used in can you associate with it?

Well I sure can 😉 and believe most of us can – BUT today I want to tell you that no matter what day of the week YOU CAN make healthier choices, even if your day started of being an emotional roller coaster or if you did slip up having that chocolate – Put it behind you and let the next choice be a healthier one getting you closer to reaching your goals!

I can confess today that I have slipped up, majorly not even only a little; but you know what that is the amazing part? You are the one in charge and you CAN make a difference in your life! We all have weaknesses I can tell you that but does everyone admit it?

I’m an emotional eater and whenever I feel down, depressed I reach for sweets…There is nothing that can set you back as much us sweets with high amounts of sugar/corn syrup etc which can also be found in processed foods. You have to pinpoint your weak points and take hold of it and change it…You absolutely do have the power to change and you have the willpower to turn it around. Don’t let it take hold of you. An addiction/bad habit can be anything from smoking, binge eating, exercise abuse, alcohol or whatever leaves you with the feeling of being dependent on “it”!

Conclusion: Take the time today even for 5 minutes and think about the things that is holding you back. Whether in your personal life, your fitness goals, your relationships or just in general. Write it down and start to get a action plan TODAY! Mine is the fact that sweets is like an addiction, once I start I don’t have the power to stop BUT TODAY this will change. I make a declaration to myself that I am stronger than the temptation and I can resist it…

This is another reason I have a blog…Not to put up a front of who I am not but by sharing my imperfections helping others to become their best.

So my promise to myself this week is to say no to sweet cravings/chocolates/sugar. Come on lets stand together and help each other to overcome some obstacles. Is there something that is holding you back today? Lets take 1 day and 1 step at a time.

Hope you have a super fabulous week – Get active – Get into the gym – Eat clean – Work hard – Smile – Be positive – Love your body – Don’t condemn yourself – Speak life!!

Find a way…

Read this out loud and clear…Today I want you to get in front of the things that’s holding you back to becoming the best you can be…

We focus so much on the solutions of our journeys or problems that we sometimes get sidetracked by what is least important.

Today I want to encourage you – look beyond what you think is impossible! We have our entire lives in front of us to make a difference in our everyday lives or too loose weight etc etc. STOP making excuses and just get started. Its not that difficult – YOU CAN OVERCOME YOUR BIGGEST FEARS!!!!!

I’m preaching to myself here: I have neglected a few things in my life but the time has come to stop meditating on the past and to focus on today with a vision for the feature.

Smile, be positive, don’t get discouraged when you fail – Get back up and go for it!

Don’t let bad habits withhold you from your results – You have the power to change!

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