So excited to be sharing more pregnancy updates with you. I am currently in my 16th week. 4 months pregnant. Crazy! And even more crazy that baby M is the size of an avocado. Love it… as avocado is a fav of mine 🙂
Not only am I sharing my week 16 update but my first trimester favorites!! Things that really helped with my first few months of being pregnant. Hopefully they can help you too now or in the future. As I enter my second trimester I wanted to share what helped me at the beginning, hoping it helps you in some way.
The first trimester can be difficult for some women, I was blessed with a fairly easy first 3 months. I definitely feel like I have been pretty fortunate. I worked hard during my first three months with running and growing our online fitness program, growing our blog, keeping up with house chores, taking care of Jax (he needs lots of attention) and keeping up with my own (and baby M’s) health that those 3 months went by quickly. I did not get to finish everything that I had set out to do in terms of growing our business, but I am determined to reach some of those goals soon!
pregnancy: 1st trimester must-haves
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Belli acne control spot treatment to help with those occasional pimples ( I saw Tina mention she liked this product), plus using essential oils on face to help like Frankincense Essential Oil
folate that I took before getting pregnant and a few weeks into it and now taking a multi-vitamin
coconut oil for brushing teeth, using as body oil and enjoying heavily in my diet; gave me the energy I needed each day
this pregnancy journal – I like how you have something to read about the growing baby inside of you and there are places for you to write notes
DoTerra essential oils – loving lavender and serenity to help me sleep, on guard to keep me healthy, and peppermint to help with bloating and any nausea or headaches. (Michelle is an independent seller of DoTerra oils, if you have any questions on how to order some please email us. If you join our team it’s a win-win for everyone to make a little side $)
These yoga pants and these ones – so comfortable. I got the next size up than I normally wear and it has been perfect. Loose and comfy. Love wearing cute and comfy clothes while my body is growing.
pregnancy week 16 update:
Current food cravings?
Always wanting plantain bread. Like this past Sunday I enjoyed a delicious peanut butter coconut oil mix sandwich for lunch.
Hit the spot. I seriously could eat this every day. I just about do.
And for dinner on Sunday I enjoyed a lovely plantain turkey with mustard sandwich. YUM.
Some days I crave peanut butter (and/or tahini) and a few chocolate cravings. I am not really into grapefruit anymore. Going back to more savory things that are satisfying me.
Still dealing with dry stuffy nose with a little blood. My sleep has been good! I toss and turn some, but overall I feel like I am sleeping heavy. My mood is usually good, some days I get a little moody or lazy. But overall feeling like my normal self.
None that I have noticed. I have been putting lemon essential oil on my spider veins (this runs in our family) as I feel some are getting worse. I am excited to see if it helps.
Sometimes my abs. I know I will get my ‘abs’ again and I am really enjoying this special time! But when you are in the fitness industry and a personal trainer, it’s hard not to have ‘abs’. I know I am weird. Just something that I miss some days. I am trying my best to keep my abs strong through my workouts but miss working the abs really hard.
How is your skin?
Skin is hanging in there. I did have a few (okay a good bit) of really small red-like pimples here and there on entire face. They weren’t anything huge or really raised off the skin. But still when I don’t have makeup on you can see them. I am still dealing with my two larger pimples on the right side of face. I have been putting some essential oils on them along with the rest of my face routine. And telling myself that I am beautiful and that my face will clear here soon. These pimples are small and that it’s probably only me that really notices them. But coming from an acne prone face background it’s hard not to overthink even the small ones.
How is digestion?
Digestion is normal. No major issues. My bowel movements have been great! I am going everyday and some days twice! Yay! Happy dance. Just a few days a week I probably get a little bloated or gassy, but nothing too uncomfortable. I am really happy with my digestion and bowel movements lately. Hopefully I can keep it going. Gotta love those fermented foods and water (and eating lots of coconut oil) to keep me normal.
Total weight gain/loss?
Like I said last week, I am not tracking this so I have no idea. I might have gained a little. I go back to the doctors in about 2 weeks. I will probably get weighed again so I can then see if I am gaining the proper weight.
My baby bump looks just a tad bit larger than last week. Funny how certain times of the day I feel like I have a bump and other times nothing. I usually feel like I just look either ‘fat’ in the belly area or bloated, that I don’t really have a baby bump. I know this is just me, but I feel others look at me with those thoughts. I feel when I put shirts on they fit a little tighter in the belly area and that I just look bloated. That I don’t have a cute baby bump. I know, I know I am crazy. And it’s really silly of me to be thinking like this. But being honest. I know my baby bump will come soon as everyone really ‘shows’ differently and at different times. I am happily awaiting my belly to really pop 😉
Now for my pregnancy workouts from last week
Most days I was able to get a good sweat in. I was able to do my plank/bridge most mornings. And did pull-ups/chin-ups everyday. And each day I have been doing my kettlebell swings as my warm-up. Again I keep up with the workouts in our purely fit life online workout club, which some of these workouts below are from.
Monday – did purely fit life bodyweight workout #3 – a leg based workout, KB swings, 10 minute walk
Tuesday- did TRX workout, KB swings, 45 minute walk
Wednesday – did purely training #57 – 18 minute butt workout, KB swings, 20 minute walk
Friday- KB swings, 25 minute walk
Saturday- active rest day, yoga (stretching), KB swings, 25 minute walk
Sunday- KB swings, 45 minute walk
For my workouts I felt great during them. I feel I still have decent strength, some days I do feel a little weak and heavy. But keeping up with my weekly workouts is helping me feel good and stay healthy. I look forward to my workouts each day. I know here soon my workouts might be changing more so I am enjoying that I am still able to do most things.
What I am looking forward to?
For other moms out there, did you have mixed feelings about your baby bump? Did you experience the same feelings about your belly like me? What are some of your first trimester favorites?
What foods are you craving this week?
Who has done their 40 kettlebell swings? Michelle and I will be doing ours later with our workout.
Remember to check-in with us using hashtags #purelytwins and #purelyfitlife so we can encourage each other!!