Friday, July 20, 2012

second trimester wellness

i'm coming up on 24 weeks pregnant and, as hectic as life is right now, i'm feeling pretty amazing. buying a home, raising a (sleepless) toddler, and working freelance are challenging my equanimity at the moment. here are some things that have helped keep me on an even keel.

1. exercise
it is no joke when they say that giving birth is like preparing for a marathon. it requires physical and mental strength. with elodie, i took tons of prenatal yoga classes, hiked four times a week, and swam a ton. this pregnancy? cut that regimen in half. i have been trying to make it to my regular yoga and spin class once or twice a week but when i can't break away, i walk. and walk. and walk. i am also (finally) starting pre-natal yoga and aquatic fitness classes. i took my first today and am thrilled with how i feel.

2. nutrition
i am starving all the time. if i go more than two hours without eating i get really cranky. i've made it a point to stock my car and bag with little bags of trail mix, apples, and plenty of water. i have also been making a lot of delicious salads at the beginning of the week so that i always have something nutritious on hand. it's so tempting to eat a donut, but i'm really, really trying not to. i am going to post soon about my favorite pregnancy foods, smoothies, and drinks. i have a lot of great ones!

3. skincare
dry skin brushing and abhyanga (especially in the winter) have been one of my favorite pick me ups since i can remember. there are periods of time when i fall off, but nothing rejuvenates a swollen, lethargic feeling mama like a good morning brush, followed by a hot/cold shower (end on cold), and application of a favorite oil or lotion. i love coconut oil or bio-oil. i've been slathering it on after showers to keep the stretch marks at bay. trust me, i know that this is more a placebo as getting stretch marks is hereditary but so far, so good. i'm doing it just in case!

 4. decluttering the mind
i have been doing my best to carve out twenty minutes a day to sit in meditation. i have also created a schedule for when i'm "allowed" to be on twitter, pinterest, or facebook. seriously, junk food is not good for your body and too much social media is not good for your mind. i find it ironic that i would try and make statements like "i don't let elodie to watch x, y, or z" and then i turn right around and pick up my iPhone. i'm really working on this one. it's hard!

this is a picture from my LAST pregnancy with elodie (at 7 1/2 months)..i have kept it close as it was a happy moment that helps me make good decisions in this pregnancy!

20 comments:

  1. Finally, you LOOK preggo mama. AND GORGEOUS. Hope you find some sweet relaxing peace this weekend ahead :)

    Xx

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  2. congrats on the new home! love your tip on decluttering the mind...I need to do that more often.

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  3. I love everything about your blog. Thank you!

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  4. "decluttering the mind" yup...I need that too and I am not even preggo! :) you look wonderful!

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  5. At the time of delivery you should have the physical and mental strength.attending yoga classes working out will give good results to you.

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  6. Great post. I love your blog and find so much inspiration here! Totally agree about it being hard to limit social media time. Laura, uk

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  7. I was reading the post and nodding in agreement to every sentence! You're a clever mama and are doing a great job, bith with Elodie and with her baby sister. Can't wait to read about the foods you're indulging in...I'm not pregnant but still need to eat every couple of hours!

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  8. Ah, I always look forward to your pregnancy posts! I just found out I'm pregnant! That last photo is an inspiring...I think i will plan me a little poolside relaxation vacay for the end of summer.

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  9. Would love, love to read the recipes you have...I'm 20 weeks and feeling stumped, the heat isn't helping. Thanks for the inspiration

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  10. I agree about putting the social media to rest for a bit. I'm breastfeeding my newborn and its so easy to spend that time on my phone but instead I'm reading a book and watching my little one- she's growing too fast. Yes to yoga and lots of walking! And I don't miss that unbearable hunger during pregnancy. Love hearing your journey.

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    1. Yes! I totally agree - I found it *so* easy to get sucked into Internet "junk food" during the long hours of breastfeeding in those early days (my dude gave me an iPad as he thought that spending so long on the iPhone wasn't good for one's eyes...oops)
      Im impressed you have the coordination to wrangle a book while BFing - I could never manage one handed page turning! (but tablet version New Yorker and longreads were invaluable)
      Enjoy these days with your wee one.

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  11. Your little bump is so sweet. I'm glad you're taking such great care of yourself. =)

    xo
    Kacie

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  12. great advice for any woman, prego or not :)

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  13. the picture is from my last pregnancy. i guess it is a little misleading. i'm going to look like that in about a month and a half though!! xoxo

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  14. As others have said, this is solid advice for living, pregnant or no! I too am keen to read about the food... And that picture of banana honey rice cake has answered the question of what I'm having for breakfast this morning.
    And swimming, swimming, swimming - best exercise EVER in my opinion. I do love it (and rather miss the last whale-like weeks of pregnancy and that feeling of grace and weightlessness that came with the slow push off into the water... The pool with a nine month old is a rather less serene experience!)

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  15. What dry brush do you use Elizabeth. Do you have reccos ? Thanks !

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    1. hi there, i use a bass body brush but there are a range on the market!

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  16. I just discovered your blog (and am loving it!) I'm nearly 13 weeks pregnant, with a toddler at home, and feeling terrible. I dream of exercising and eating (healthfully or not) without feeling sick... but I think I'll try out your skin care recommendation as a treat to myself. My fingers are crossed that the blissful glow of pregnancy is just around the corner!

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    1. As another lady at just about 13 weeks, just want to give a huge fist-bump of solidarity here. It does get better in the next few months... Right?

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  17. I love everything about your blog. Thank you!

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