{pregnancy} week 26 + nursery dresser and glucose meter testing

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Week 26 pregnancy update and thoughts about nursery dresser.
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I’ve decided not to hire maternity photographers at the moment. Michelle says she will take the photos and hopefully my other sister (the graphic artist and photographer) will be able to help edit them. As that is what Michelle and I are not very good at… the editing part of pictures. We can use photoshop to a point. We really just know the main basics. We know we can do so much more with it but never have the time to learn.

More news in the nursery. We got our rocking chair in there – still need foot stool

rocker being built


Again Jax waiting to see what we were building now.

jax looking at rocker

Rocker all done. And Jax still unsure of the moving chair.

sleeping vizsla in baby nursery

After awhile Jax got really comfy in the baby rocker.

I made sure to find a chair that would fit both of us (Jax and I) in it. It took some research but I eventually found one. Here is the one I purchased.

It was fairly easy to put together and the color is a soft taupe. I wanted it to be more grey but I still like the color overall. I think it fits well in the nursery.

buiilding baby dresser

Next was dresser time. The Davinci Jayden 4-drawer dresser in white  is what I put on my registry. I adore it. So happy with how it turned out.

more dressing happenings

baby dresser being built

This dresser took a little bit of time to figure out how to get started but once we got into it the building process went smooth.

jax sitting on my lap

Jax trying to sit on my lap… running out of room for him to 😉

vizsla watching

Jax very curious about what is happening.

more dresser 4Making progress.

back of dressre

Almost done with the main piece.

sleepy vizsla

Jax again just watched and relaxed.

jax on chair sleeping

By the end he was making himself right at home in the new rocker.

drawers for dresser

Last thing for dresser was building the drawers. And checking emails.

final baby dresser for room

Finally we had ourselves a complete dresser. And it fits perfectly in the room. Perfect height too.

room together

I love how the baby nursery is coming together. Now I need to order some decorations for the wall.

more vizsla sleeping

Apparently Jax was thrilled to have the dresser done too 😉

baby toys

My dad loves Amazon so we get little gifts in the mail and the other day he got us some cute baby toys. Thanks dad!

I will continue to share updates on latest baby nursery news. Each week is feels more and more real. Love it. Love it all.

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Current food cravings?  

Nothing different really compared to last week. Overall eating balanced meals has helped me stay calm and strong during this pregnancy. I am lucky to be able to eat the same as I did prior to being pregnant. I haven’t been enjoying much fermented foods lately because they just don’t sound that good. But Michelle and I have been enjoying making fresh juices again. Those are hitting the spot!

My appetite has been strong lately. I do find myself taking extra bites of coconut butter or a nut butter some days. Or chocolate chips 😉

chocolate nut chewy cookie

And eating lots of chocolate nut butter chewy cookies.  Soooo good. I’ve been ending most of my nights with them.

Here is what I ate yesterday:

I forgot to take a picture of my bulletproof and protein pudding that I enjoyed for breakfast. But nothing too exciting anyways. My other meals were a little more happening.


Lunch (post workout) was fresh figs served with some bacon, broccoli, ghee, coconut oil, sardines, and eggs. Random but hit all my cravings and more!


Dinner was homemade brisket (we buy from US Wellness Meats) that Michelle and I slow cooked over the weekend served with turmeric infused rice with ghee and pumpkin seeds. Topped with sea salt and black pepper. Delicious and filling. And a side of beet carrot romaine ginger juice!!

thin mint cheesecake dessert

Dessert was a new recipe that we created and filmed. Click here to get the andes cheesecake recipe! And I had 1 1/2 of these. Perfect way to end a long day for me.

Any symptoms?

Same issues pretty much as last week. My sleep has been alright as some nights I have really strange dreams that keep me up. But love running my diffuser while I sleep with some breathe and onguard essential oils (see how you get yourself some here at discount). So soothing and helps with my sleep. I try to favor my left side when I sleep but to be honest it’s hard. I catch myself sleeping on my back or right side.

No bloating or swelling and wedding ring is still on.

My emotions are better this week! I am happy about that. I had this urge of happiness come to me this week so I am enjoying it.

Stretch marks?

Not really. To be honest I don’t really look.

Miss anything?

Pretty much the same as last week.

I am having more back pain so looking forward to when I don’t have that issue anymore.

How is your skin? 

That large cystic pimple that I had on chin is slowing getting smaller. Yay! I am still using my essential oils which I am really loving lavender, sandalwood and frankcinsence for my scarring and any random pimples. Plus using nerium serum every night has helped so much with my skin’s overall appearance!!

How is digestion? 

Digestion is doing well. My bowel movements are good. I have increased my amount of probiotics so has slowed down a little (which can happen when you increase your amount of probiotics).

Total weight gain/loss? 

Belly has gotten a little bit bigger so definitely feel I gained some from that. I went to doctor’s yesterday and I have gained about 10lbs total so far. My belly measurement is right on target and blood pressure is great. Michelle and I always have had low blood pressure. Sometimes the nurses are surprised how low.

Overall I am still feeling strong and confident in my changing body even on the bad days.

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How’s the baby?

Baby M is about the size of head of lettuce. Another site says weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (about the size of a scallion) from head to heel. Her eyes are starting to open some now. She has eyelashes now too!

I try to talk to her a few times a day. Although I know she hears my voice from doing workout videos and vlogs, as well as yelling at speaking to Jax.

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If you would like more help with pregnancy workouts (pre, during and post) please come join purely fit pregnancy. Come and workout with me every day!

Monday –  did 30 minutes of Travis Eliot yoga plus 25 minute walk.

Tuesday-  filmed the new purely training #67 (killer leg workout) did a 30 minute walk and pull-ups.

Wednesday – filmed a new club workout – a 24 minute full body weight workout + 40 minute walk and chin-ups.

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Thursday-  filmed a new club workout – 16 minute medium intensity equalizer/weight workout + 40 minute walk + pull-ups.

Friday-   filmed a new purely training #68 a plank style workout (coming to youtube this Monday) + 40 minute walk + pull-ups.

Saturday-  did 40 minute walk, lunge walks, pull-ups and sprints.

Sunday- did lots of stretching.

Week 26 has been great. During the day I have great energy although I see my energy dropping by night time. I seem to be going to bed on the early side than I normally do. I know once I hit the 3rd trimester (which is coming up very soon, crazy) that my energy levels might continue to drop. I know by staying active and eating well I will be able to maintain a healthy pregnancy 🙂 That’s my goal. I feel by me staying strong and healthy is important for my growing baby girl. The goal is healthy baby and healthy mom!

I had another check-up visit yesterday which was supposed to be my glucose drink test day. But I was able to talk to my main doctor at the end of last week to discuss my concerns and options. He was not a fan of trying something natural like orange juice or bananas (boo) so we decided on glucose testing that I will do at home around meal times. I brought Michelle in with me to my appointment as I wanted the moral support for my decision of refusing that drink. The nurse practioner that I saw yesterday did not know that I declined the test so we had a little heated debate. Fun times – NOT! I hate conflict but I also believe in standing up for something I believe in.

The lady really made me feel like a bad person for not doing the test.

Plus she didn’t even act like she cared. All she was there for was to check my belly size (which is growing at the size is should be) and giving me some paperwork. She talked 90 mph. Both Michelle and I could not write down fast enough everything she was saying. After that quick check-up I was off to the lab for them to check my vitamin D level and something else (I can’t remember).

I was so nervous about that appointment and left feeling even more nervous about the next few weeks of pregnancy.

I talked with Michelle about how I am not sure if I still like this doctor’s office or not. I mean so far they have been nice and allowed me to do what I want, but I always feel awkward when I refuse something or say that I want to do things more natural. They look at me as if I am committing a crime or something. Like I am a bad mom or something. The one thing I am disliking about being pregnant- all the test and rules you have to know and follow (for the most part).

And coming up around 36 weeks she mentioned about another test – Group B Streptococcus (GBS). I briefly looked over the paperwork on what it is and the test for it… and again I am nervous about what to do about that test? Any suggestions?

Anyways back to the glucose testing. What I have to do is –> I have to prick my finger before each meal and 2 hours after each meal for a week and record my numbers. The numbers they are looking for is – before eating is 90ng or below and 2 hours after eating numbers should be 120ng or below. I just started and so far my numbers have been under, so I am very pleased. But I do admit I am nervous every time I take the test – praying my results are normal.

What did you do to help with body aches or back aches?

What did you dislike about being pregnant? Does you doctor or nurses understand your concerns or make you feel bad about doing things differently?

I know for the most part these days things have changed when it comes to pregnancy. But I still feel it shouldn’t be complicated or that all these tests or shots, etc are necessary. Maybe I am wrong. But that is my opinion. But it does make me not want to have any more kids as I don’t want to deal with all the drama of pregnancy related things at the doctor’s office. Maybe this is just all from being pregnant for the first time or maybe it’s my personality and I am overthinking things.

For non-moms – What have you been eating that you’ve been enjoying lately?



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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

that bump!! you look amazing, Lori!!!

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

thanks Lindsay xoxo

Sara June 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

Babycenter has a great page on this: http://www.babycenter.com/0_group-b-streptococcus-screening_1647.bc

Basically, group B streptococcus is a type of bacterial infection found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25 % of all healthy, adult women. Getting screened for this in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during labor if you’re a carrier – reduces the baby’s risk of becoming infected. You only have a 10-30% chance of having it, but this way you’ll know and can take the proper precautions when you’re in labor.

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 12:01 pm

thanks Sara for the link, I will check it out!

Erica June 24, 2014 - 10:35 am

Totally making those cookies- they look delicious! Bummer about the nurse being so nasty about your decision not to do the traditional glucose test :(. Glad you’re feeling good!!

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 12:01 pm

thanks Erica, yes make those cookies 🙂 cookies are always a good answer haha

Dana June 24, 2014 - 11:17 am

Conflict is no fun, but good for you for saying what was on your mind instead of being pressured! Trust needs to go both ways with your doctors office, if you are putting your trust in them, they also need to trust you and your limitations for your body. If you don’t feel comfortable, see a holistic doctor and maybe get their opinion. Its your body ultimately and I agree with you that all these tests seem like a bit much :/

Hang in there sweetie and I’m sure you’ll figure it out <3

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 12:02 pm

thank you Dana for the kind words!! put a smile on my face 🙂 xo

janetha June 24, 2014 - 12:28 pm

i love love love the chair! and it makes me happy that you searched for one you both would fit it, great dog momma! you guys are getting a ton done. good job! i didn’t think twice about the glucose drink. i eat a lot of sugary desserts and junk food, though, so it wasn’t a big deal for me. but i can see how if you have a certain diet you follow, you wouldn’t want to ingest it. honestly, there is SO much controversial information on the internet about all things related to pregnancy (and after you have the baby) that i try to stay away from it because it’s overwhelming! i just do what my doctor suggests (i really like her, that sucks your office isn’t up to par!!) and then hope for the best lol. i figure she knows better than i do. we had a breast feeding class last night and learned a ton! it was actually super cool to go, both marshall and i feel a lot better about feeding the baby once he gets here. i highly suggest a class if you can find one! you look awesome, keep on growing that little lady. xoxo

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 12:59 pm

thanks girl, ya I was nervous how my body mainly my skin and pcos with all that sugar since I do my best to keep my sugar intake low. I didn’t have an issue if they allowed for more natural foods, maybe one day things will change 😉 Lucky you with liking your doctor, overall mine is alright but not great. You are so right about so much controversial info, I try to take it all in but also try not to get overwhelmed and do what I feel most comfortable with 🙂 I can’t wait for breast feeding class, hopefully my hospital will offer that soon. xoxo thanks for the support and love!! hugs

Meagan June 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Hey Lori 🙂 I’m in medical school (for naturopathic medicine) so I’m gonna share my 2 cents here. Take it or leave it!

GBS (group b streptococcus) is a good thing to test for. Women are normally screened around wks 35-37th to see if they carry the organism in their normal flora (in their GI or genito-urinary tract). The risk is that S.algalactiae can cause neonatal sepsis and meningitis which can be fatal in both infants and pre-term babies (I’ll spare you the percentages). This should be just a simple blood sample, since they can find the organism in there. Easy! 🙂

And glucose number are recorded in ng/dL (not mg [milligrams]). 🙂 Normal fasting blood glucose is 60-99 ng/dL. Blood sugar is highest 30 minutes after eating, and should continue down after. I think you’re doing the right thing by monitoring your own blood glucose. The Oral blood glucose tolerance test is not that awesome at predicting whether someone has gestational diabetes, and not all doctors recommend it anymore. A lot of people who are perfectly healthy fail it, because the test does not mimick real habits (like normal eating). I mean, how often do people take a whole bolus of 75 g of pure glucose in one sitting with no other nutrients (like proteins or carbs)?? This happens like zero percent of the time in our eating habits. So doing your own glucose checks give you a better idea about how your body is managing its glucose. Don’t feel bad. Stick to your guns. Pregnancy in general is a very controversial time and you have to do what’s right for yourself. Don’t ever let a physician badger you. If they aren’t respecting your decisions, they aren’t the right doctor for you, and they need to work on their bedside manner 😉

Hope this helps!

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Meagan thank you so much for sharing your two cents, I really appreciate it and love to hear from those in naturopathic medicine too! Oh sorry about that – typo with the mg – ng haha sorry. I am so used to mg haha. So happy to hear that you are a fan of the blood glucose monitoring 🙂 I agree with you, I feel it is a better test. Thanks again, you’re the best! hugs

Meagan June 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm

You’re so welcome 🙂 I am glad you both are feeling and doing well! Your baby is going to have a great family!

Meagan June 24, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Also! You may be able to find an ND in Florida. NDs are not licensed in FL (boo) but there are some still. While they might not be able to act as your PCP as they can in some states, they would be able to give you some advice!

Julie June 24, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Not to be nit-picky….but I have had diabetes for 20 years – actually diagnosed during first pregnancy -and blood glucose measurements ARE recorded as mg/dl, not ng.

Good for you in taking such good care of the health of you and your baby in the way that is right for you! You look great and it will all be worth it when you see her precious face!

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Julie thanks! I will fix that typo. Thank you for your support!

Julie June 26, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Oops….I was actually saying that you had it correct the first time! ha

MG/DL is correct….not sure where the previous commenter got NG/DL as I have never seen or heard of that reference.

But….no big deal either way! I am super impressed that you are using a meter to check your levels though I am sure you have no issues with gestational diabetes. With your diet and lifestyle, you are probably one of the healthiest mamas-to-be ever! Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy and delivery!

purelytwins June 27, 2014 - 12:40 pm

haha no worries Julia it got us all confused.

Danielle June 24, 2014 - 7:22 pm

I refused the glucose test, because I too feared that I never consume that much sugar in one sitting and didn’t think I would feel good going through with the test. I was thankful that my OB, (I used an OB and midwife…OB was in case of a transfer with my home birth) was super understanding…however, his nurses were not. I even had one of the nurses call me on her personal phone to tell me how dangerous having a home birth was and that I should be getting vaccinated for whooping cough and the flu. Hang in there! you are going to be a great momma bear already! it’s our job to make the best choice for our little ones and sometimes that means making others angry and being okay with their anger.

purelytwins June 24, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Thank you Danielle for your support!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 25, 2014 - 7:22 am

Love the rocking chair, it looks like Jax does too. I had a glucose tolerance test last week as I am at risk of gestational diabetes due to genetics. It wasn’t so bad in the end, but I was starving after having to fast for 14 hours.

lauraagarwilson (keepinghealthygettingstylish) June 25, 2014 - 1:44 pm

I haven’t really been faced with any issues like you’ve had at your doctors office, I haven’t been offered a glucose test as I’m not at high risk which I’m thankful for. I’m more concerned about the birth and them pushing drugs on me and trying to ‘speed things up’ when theres no need. I’m hoping my husband will be good at speaking up if I’m too focused on just getting through labour. Love your nursery furniture 🙂

purelytwins June 25, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Laura I have some of those same fears and concerns about birth!! I am relying on Michelle and Gary to help with making sure no drugs 🙂 xoxo

ucsdgirl June 25, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I think the thing to remember is that for all the naturalness of childbirth, the sad truth is that in the past tons of people died during childbirth, and even if the mother made it, many many more babies died. People had lots of kids not necessarily because they wanted 7 children, but because the hard reality was that if 2-3 of them made it to adulthood, that was a success. Thankfully, we don’t have to live in that world. Most women and infants make it through the childrearing and birthing process. Most babies make it through childhood and into adulthood, and the single biggest two reasons for that is the advent of antibiotics and cleanliness. Now that is NOT to say that we should needlessly feed kids antibiotics. But to dismiss scientific tests that may feel really really annoying is also unfair, because it has saved countless number of lives. A simple blood test to make sure you don’t have a bacteria should actually be seen kind of as a miracle. In the past if someone had a problem it went undetected, and babies died, left right and backwards. I’m all for natural health, for healing without unnecessary medicine, for using food to power the body as best as possible, but I also really wouldn’t feel bad about doctors wanting to do what they know best optimizes the outcome of childbirth (ie. both the mother and child make it out alive, and then prosper). <3333

Brooke June 25, 2014 - 3:04 pm

I’m sorry but I just have to reply to this comment. Those horror stories are from ages ago when people didn’t know about germs and pathogens and doctors didn’t wash their hands when giving birth (see this – https://explorable.com/semmelweis-germ-theory). This still happens today as evidenced by the articles I’m linking to. There is a nonprofit group that goes to third world countries and helps them with birthing practices. The number 1 thing they teach the doctors/nurses is to wash their hands constantly. Once they started doing this, birth complications and fatalities drastically decreased (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2587156/ and http://www.mchip.net/node/2292).

Also, in this “modern medicine” country that seems to have everything figured out, has one of the highest maternal death rates in developed countries and ours is increasing. See this article:


If tests were the holy grail as you make them to be, we would not have the c-section rates we have in this country as well as the maternal death rates.

Do not get me wrong or spin this comment. I think testing is great and highly beneficial, but to say these tests are what saved humanity from children dying early and mothers dying in childbirth is grossly ignorant about medical history and current medical practices.

ucsdgirl June 25, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Well, c-section rates are not just about saving babies (some are necessary). There are a host of other reasons that so many people get them, and most of those reasons should not be applauded. I also never said that tests have saved humanity. In fact I said the 2 things that have increased human longevity the most are cleanliness (of which hand washing falls into) and the production of antibiotics. Medical tests save lives, period. That is not the same thing as saying that they are the only reason human lifespan has increased. I don’t think you’re contradicting me at all. In fact, much of what we’re saying is the same…

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast June 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Looking beautiful as always, friend! I skipped the glucose test both times… thankfully my midwifes have been understanding. The nursery is really coming together- so cute!!

purelytwins June 27, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Thank you Laura.

Alexa July 1, 2014 - 11:39 am

Have you considered switching practices? (I’m sorry I haven’t followed all of your updates as I’m a new mom myself!) I ended up switching practices at 32 weeks! I went from a standard clinic with OBs to one with exclusively midwives. I felt like the midwives were more in tune with natural alternatives. I was over that icky feeling I had every time I went in for a checkup with my OB practice. I found out about the midwife practice at 31 weeks; they didn’t accept transfers in past 32 weeks so I had a short time to consider but I went with my gut and it was the best decision ever. Nothing against OBs, but the change was right for me.

Alexa July 1, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Also, I failed to say the GBS test is important. Were you considering bypassing it? I was found to have GBS when I was tested during pregnancy. It can be transferred through a vaginal delivery but if you do have GBS, you would be given an antibiotic in pregnancy (normally) and an antibiotic drip prior to delivery (ideally 2) to avoid transmission. I would much rather take the antibiotic than risk exposing my newborn unnecessarily to infection.



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