Third Trimester Recap

Well, yesterday was Baby H’s due date and as of writing this blog post late last night there was still no sign of him/her. I have a strong feeling that he/she is staying cozy for awhile.

In the meantime, I had wonderful intentions of doing two recaps of the third trimester just like I did in the second trimester but the last 12 weeks FLEW BY! So now that I’m officially 40 weeks + 1 day pregnant here is my third trimester recap ūüôā

Previous pregnancy recaps: 

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First of all – the third trimester is when the belly REALLY grows. Holy moly. I honestly look back on 2nd trimester belly photos and I think “you thought you were big then? It looks like you ate a large sandwich!” ha ha.

For comparison… 28 weeks on the left and 38 weeks on the right. Now that is A LOT of belly growth. Lol

 

And here I am in the same outfit at 16 weeks, 24 weeks, 32 weeks and yesterday at 40 weeks…

So ya, the belly has grown A LOT in the last trimester.

Weeks 28 – 30

Physically

Working out started to get harder around the 28 – 30 week mark. I definitely noticed myself having to modify A LOT and the belly was really getting in the way. I remember around this time I was starting to get plagued with a really sore back by the end of each day and I started going to the chiropractor and prenatal massage regularly. Thank goodness for extended health benefits at work!

At 29 weeks I said “starting to wonder how this belly can possibly grow for 11+ more weeks” – oh sweetie, if only you knew! I also marked down that I was peeing a million times a day.

I started to get really exhausted around 30 weeks. I was not sleeping well at all and had sore hips and crampiness at the end of each night.

30 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I would say my anxiety subsided A LOT in the third trimester, mostly due to feeling baby move every day. That said, Baby H is a pretty chill baby and does not / did not move as much as what I’d heard was normal. For example, I was told 10 movements every 2 hours and Baby H does NOT move that much at all. At some point in the 28 – 30 week mark I headed into Labour & Delivery for a Non Stress Test because I hadn’t felt Baby H move for about 6 hours. Of course everything was completely fine. Overall though, once we hit that third trimester and each week I knew how high Baby H’s likeliness of survival was even if I did go into early labour I was much much less anxious.

Weeks 31 – 33

Physically 

I was still struggling with sleep at this point and ended up getting a snoogle pregnancy pillow which really helped from weeks 31 – 36ish. At that point I felt too big for it and went back to using two regular pillows to prop myself up. My back was also still really bothering me.

I started feeling lots of BIG movements like Baby H was really rolling around in there at this point. It was so cool! I also continued to go strong with the workouts and recorded doing three strength / HIIT workouts the week I hit 32 weeks.

My mom and her friends also threw Baby H and me an amazing baby shower at this point!

32 weeks pregnant and right after my baby shower! 

Mentally & Emotionally 

I really started to struggle a bit with weight gain and how I looked in photos during these weeks. I remember we got our maternity photos done when I was 32 weeks pregnant and to be totally honest I don’t love the way I look in them even though I love the photos themselves. Obviously gaining weight is par for the course when it comes to pregnancy, but as someone who has always struggled with body image / weight it is hard seeing myself look noticeably bigger in photos. The photo below of me on my 29th birthday at 31 weeks pregnant is an example of this, I really hate my double chin in it. That said, I’m FREAKING PREGNANT, which is something I wanted on both of my previous birthdays, and in the end that’s all that matters. So I’m sharing these photos and trying to be proud of them and not too critical of myself.

My weight gain has been on the higher end, just over 40 pounds, and I also went into pregnancy at a higher weight than normal thanks to fertility treatments. I am trying to remember this is a season of life and this too shall pass and right now a healthy babe is most important. I will have LOTS of time to get back to a weight I’m happy with and even if I never do, my body GREW A FREAKING HUMAN. That in itself is amazing.

Weeks 34 – 36

Physically 

Walking started to get hard around the 34 week point. I kept it up and am still keeping it up now, but I was getting a lot of round ligament pain when walking especially in my right side. At 33 weeks pregnant I started teaching a bootcamp two mornings per week from 6:15 – 7am and I taught right up until 37 weeks! By the end I wasn’t really doing anything other than demo’ing and walking around the room – and I would do squats, lunges and upper body work with the class – but it still felt pretty awesome to lead a bootcamp class when I was so pregnant ūüôā

It was right around 35-36 weeks that I started having some pretty intense pelvic pressure / pain. It was (and still is) the worst after sitting or laying down for longer periods of time. I would literally have to brace myself on the nightstand or bathroom counter when I went to the washroom in the night. It is still pretty bad but I think I’ve just gotten more used to it now. Oh and I dealt with a bit of a scare when my blood pressure was on the higher side at my 35 week appointment, but it went down again the following week and has stayed down since

35 weeks pregnant! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I recorded feeling tired but good. Starting to get ready for being done work! My replacement at work started the week I hit 34 weeks and we had 4 weeks together. I’m so lucky to get a 12-month partially paid maternity leave in Canada.

Weeks 37 – 39

Physically 

This is when I truly slowed way down physically. I was no longer leading bootcamp in the mornings and since 37 weeks my workouts have consisted of prenatal or beginner yoga classes (I did my last vinyasa flow yoga class around 35 weeks I believe), swimming and walking. I still had a lot of pelvic pressure and pain but prenatal yoga and seeing the chiropractor weekly really helped.

I also found that I had major restless leg syndrome by the end of each day at this point. My legs / inner thighs would ACHE each night when I climbed into bed.

37 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

Feeling tired and oh so done with work at this point. It wasn’t even the working part that was tough, it was the getting up in the mornings and getting myself presentable / ready to actually GO to work!! I am so glad I was able to take off almost 2 full weeks before my due date as it’s been SO nice to be at home nesting and getting stuff done before baby arrives.

40 weeks!

And here I am yesterday at 40 weeks! I’m honestly so lucky. I have had some of the normal issues – morning sickness, aches and pains, exhaustion, trouble sleeping etc. but overall I’ve had a very very easy pregnancy. I kicked off 40 weeks by going for a swim! I’m so lucky my body has allowed me to be active for the entire pregnancy and it’s felt amazing to do so.

Now it’s just a matter of being patient and waiting for Baby H to make his or her arrival. Hopefully soon!

Anything else you want to know about the third trimester? If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant before how was the 3rd trimester for you?¬†

PS: Today is my amazing husband’s 31st birthday!! Love him so much and so grateful for all his support during this pregnancy. Wouldn’t it be so cool if Baby H arrived just in time to share a birthday with his daddy ūüôā Fingers crossed!

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10,000 steps a day!

So long time readers of my blog know that I love a good random challenge. I’ve done my 30 day yoga challenges, my mile a day running challenges and last December I attempted to walk 12,000 steps every day (not in an easy feat in our super cold winter climate!)

So for June, I set the goal to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps every single day. Come the end of June I decided to carry my challenge on through July. Then August 1 rolled around and I figured why not keep going! So here I am on September 1 and from June 1 – August 31 I have managed to walk 10,000+ steps every single day (I track this using my Fit Bit Alta).

I am pretty proud of this accomplishment, especially with being pregnant. The last week of this challenge has honestly been the hardest as I approach 30 weeks of pregnancy and just in general starting to feel more uncomfortable and find myself having to slow down or I get round ligament pain.

Also 10,000 steps is just enough steps that I do feel like I have to put in the extra effort to reach them, especially with having a desk job, but it’s not a stretch like 12,000 steps was. To reach my 10,000 steps I had to go for at least one longer, and often two shorter, walks with Chloe each day and also make the effort to walk around the office regularly during the day. Luckily I am a pretty active person in general and don’t tend to just sit on the couch after a day at work. I’m more likely to be puttering around the house, kitchen or yard and just generally moving which also helps to get more steps in.

I thought about continuing this challenge right until I have the baby BUT with how difficult it has been to hit my 10,000 steps every day for the last week I think it’s time to take this ‘expectation’ off myself. In September, I am still planning on tracking how many days I hit the 10k steps through a habit tracker in my bullet journal, but if I’m at 8,000 steps at bedtime I will not force myself to go for another walk to hit my 10k (yes, I’ve done that!)

I’ve definitely found a new love for walking now that I am pregnant and no longer running. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to get back into running when the time is right, but going for walks is so relaxing and a lovely way to decompress after a long day. Especially because I always listen to podcasts when I’m walking and it makes the time enjoyable!

I’m now coming up on a year since I got my Fit Bit and I’m so glad I asked for it for my birthday last year. I know some people are skeptical about how accurate they are, but all I know is that having it and seeing how many steps I’ve hit (or haven’t hit) motivates me to move my body more and that’s a win in my books!

Do you have a Fit Bit? Have you ever done a step challenge where you tried to hit a goal # of steps for a certain amount of days in a row? 

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Workouts Lately

Over the years I’ve shared lots of blog posts about the kind of workouts I’m doing from weekly training recaps to monthly workout recaps to random posts such as this one.

Now that I’m about halfway through my 2nd trimester of my first pregnancy, and coming up on 6 months pregnant, my workouts are definitely looking a lot different than they used to. For example, look how much I worked out in February 2015!! I definitely do not workout that much these days but I have been feeling pretty good about how active I’ve managed to stay during this pregnancy, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Yoga 

I kept up a really solid yoga practice at the beginning of the pregnancy and I am continuing to do 2 – 3 classes per week including 1 prenatal class per week. I’m definitely noticing how much I have to modify though, especially in the last couple of weeks as my belly gets better. I also find that morning yoga practices feel wayyyy better before my belly is not only full of baby but is also full of food from eating all day! I definitely hope to keep up my yoga practice right until the end if I can. I just signed up for another 8-week prenatal session that starts end of August so I’ll be solidly into my third trimester by then. The prenatal yoga especially feels really good because it’s less flowing and more long holds and lots of hip openers, which feels amazing right now.

Fitness Blender HIIT / Strength Workouts 

I’ve loved adding these back in during my 2nd trimester! Doing HIIT didn’t feel that great when I was super nauseous and sick during the 1st trimester so it’s been great to get back to it. I also just love that I can do these workouts at home with minimal equipment. Right now I’m doing three Fitness Blender workouts per week that range from 25 – 40 minutes each. My favourite workouts are the ones that include HIIT and strength movements so I get my heart rate up, get my sweat on and also feel like I get some good strength training in. I haven’t had any issue modifying these workouts for pregnancy either, I just cut out the high impact jumping and modify all the core stuff to do things like bird dog or plank instead of crunches.

I should also say that with both Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I am still going on my back. I stopped going on my stomach at all around 16 weeks because it didn’t feel good, but it still feels OK to be on my back for a short amount of time (I prop myself up with a bolster for long savasanas) so I’m going with it. Some people are not comfortable going on their back as early as 16 – 18 weeks though. You just have to do what feels right for you!

Walking 

I have managed to log a minimum of 10,000 + steps every single day since June 1! I’m trying to keep the streak up for all of July and maybe even all of August too. This usually involves at least 1 walk per day with Chloe but more often than not it’s 2 dog walks and then just my other general moving around the house. I don’t sit still very often in the evenings and am always moving / puttering around the house and yard which helps me get my steps in as well. Once or twice a week I try to push the pace on our walks a bit and do a bit of a faster walk to get a sweat on and get some cardio. I really do miss running and look forward to adding it back into my routine after Baby H is here – I might be done with long-distance running though, we’ll see.

Swimming 

I actually haven’t been swimming since my first trimester when it was the only cardio I could stand because of the nausea. But now that I’m really noticing my belly getting in the way again I am going to try and add it back in once a week as it is a great pregnancy workout and also just all around awesome cardio.

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Right now I am doing a Fitness Blender workout and/or yoga class at least 5 days a week and walking 10,000+ steps every day. I haven’t added the swimming back in yet, but plan to soon!

What do your workouts look like lately? If you’ve been pregnant before, what did they look like when you were pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester as you got bigger!?¬†

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