Staying fit during pregnancy

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My pregnancy was a surprise. While I was excited when I found out, I also had some serious nerves about the situation. One of the major areas of my life that felt it the most was my fitness. I LOVED doing yoga, and went about four days a week. When I found out I was pregnant I hopped online to find out what I was currently doing that might hurt peanut baby. I knew being pregnant would change my figure (ha!), but I wanted to try and stay in the best shape I could while I was pregnant. 
The lovely thing is that pregnant women are recommended to exercise. Women who maintain regular exercise while pregnant feel better on average and find more relief from common mild pain associated with pregnancy such as backache and swelling. Exercise can help pregnant women relieve stress as well as improve energy. (http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/exercise-during-pregnancy). 
When I had my first appointment, I had a journal full of questions for my midwife. Basically, I wanted to know if I could continue doing my yoga practice. While there is hot debate over this issue, my midwife simply told me that I was able to do any exercise I was doing regularly (for at least the past six months) prior to getting pregnant. She advised me to listen to my body, drink plenty of water, and stop doing yoga if I felt light headed or sick. 
I was so excited! I was able to do yoga for my entire pregnancy. Naturally I started to listen to my body and choose cooler classes, started modifying poses, and rested more often. 
I encourage my friends to try and exercise during pregnancy. While I did not do hot yoga more than a handful of times, I did continue to practice yoga in cool rooms. Continuing to stretch and build muscle tissue helped my pregnancy tremendously. I felt great throughout most of it, and I contribute much of it to exercise.
If you want to try and stay on track with weight gain and feel great, keep exercising or start a simple routine! 
Of course, there are guidelines. 🙂
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1. Make sure to check with your healthcare provider first on your planned regimen. If you have a high risk pregnancy or health conditions you may be restricted to certain forms of exercise   
2. EAT! You need more calories than you did before to help little bun grow. Choose foods high in protein, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to help maintain muscle.
3. If you currently exercise  keep doing what you were doing. Your heart rate should maintain as comfortable a level as it did prior to pregnancy. 
4. If you are new to exercise start with a graduated plan of walking. For more ideas visit: Baby Center Link
5. Drink water! Staying hydrated is crucial. Check with your provider on how much water you should be drinking now that you are pregnant.
6. Your babies temperature raises faster than yours. If you feel like you are too warm, cool down.Raising your core temperature above 102 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes could harm your baby.  (http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-13-rules-of-safe-pregnancy-exercise_622.bc?page=2)
7. Avoid high impact sports that can result in injury. Enough said! 
8. Avoid lying flat on your back. Doing so can reduce blood flow to your brain and uterus which can make you dizzy! 
9. Do not get up too quick- once again so you do not get dizzy.
10. Aim to exercise 5-6 times a week for at least 20 minutes to feel the best! 

Good luck! 

I LOVE MY POST Blog Hop #21

Heyoo! I am stoked to be co-hosting this week for the I Love my Post Blog Hop #21 with the lovely Sarah and Bex. These gals put on an amazing blog hop, so even if you do not normally partake in these, I encourage you to tonight. I hope you are all having a fun Friday night. 


Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop!
If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is ‘hop’ around, hopefully finding some new great reads! 
The Rules are simple.
1. Check out and follow the hosts (Number 1 2 3 4 5 and 6) Leave them a comment if you would like them to follow back.
2. Choose at least 3 other blogs and hop on over and leave them some love, plus let them know how you found them – I’m sure they would love it if you followed as well!
3. Have Fun and come back next Saturday.
Please just don’t link up and click off to make this successful everyone needs to hop around!
Your Host’s this week are:
Sarah from Life in a Break Down
Bex from Futures
and our lovely co-host’s are:
Tiffany from The Dwelling Tree
Leslie from Bravenezz
D from Sweet Jelly Bean
Hannah from A New Addition
If you would like to be a future co-host please get in touch with Sarah by emailing her at: sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com
I would love it if you would tweet, share on facebook or place our button on your blog, the more sharing we can get happening the bigger this hop can become!

ILMP

Photographing New Zealand

Thank you too all of you who made sure you actually followed the hosts and co-hosts last week! Say hello to Betty from Photographing New Zealand our Featured Blogger of the Week!  

To be honest there isn’t much I can say about this blog it’s one you have to see for yourself as it’s all about the pictures – so please take a few minutes out and pop over and check out her beautiful pictures from around New Zealand. ~ Sarah If you fancy being next week’s featured blogger make sure you follow all the rules give you hosts and co-hosts a follow and Sarah could be calling on you next week to come and feature with us.

The journey of a stay at home mom





When I decided to stay at home, I didn’t know what I was jumping into. I was independent, self-sustaining, and hard-working. I loved being a career gal, being able to purchase something when I wanted, and getting my hair done every twelve weeks. 

When I had Lillian, my heart exploded. I was never very maternal, but knew from the moment I laid eyes on her my life would never be the same. 

Fast forward to Lillian being two weeks away from her tenth month. Thousands of snapshots later, poopy diapers, and boobie feedings- I am sitting in Starbucks for the first time, solo. I am enjoying my double espresso over ice, writing, and reflecting. This the first time I’ve done this since I was pregnant. 

Today my husband gave me the greatest gift- time to myself. Oh, he’s given it before, but to be honest I was either so tired or neurotic that I never actually took advantage of it. I did my toes, nails, and eyebrows, and felt non cave-woman like for the first time in months. I went to a weight lifting class. And here I am now, writing. A purely blissful day. 

Where did the time go? How has it taken me ten months to breathe again? (I mean this metaphorically, of course). 

I am amazed at how different the adult world is. Oh yes, there is stress and deadlines and rush hour- but it’s such a strange tic-toc rhythm that I have forgotten the tune. My days are filled with Cheerios spilled across the floor, piles of laundry, Sesame Street, and play dates. I am never busy with “important” stuff like business deals or surgery, yet every moment is precious and fleeting. This constant push and pull is what keeps me sucked into mommy world- the pressure of knowing it is all happening too fast and I can’t keep up. Every new interaction is a teaching moment, a chance for me to continually help my daughter learn the beat of the world she is growing into. I am over committed to bible studies, play dates, volunteer work, babysitting, and helping others who have a day job and are busy. I am frazzled! 

But happy. I love my messy, unpredictable, cave-woman life. 

Because here is the bottom line- this moment is fleeting, too. One day, I will be propelled back into adult world, where puppets are no longer magical and stories of fantasy are exchanged for world news. One day, even my own daughter will know everything (which happens to every fourteen year old I know). 

So I will savor this sweet, fleeting time. Who knows? Maybe I undermine the importance of days in the park with my daughter and eating Cheerios while making funny faces, but perhaps they are the most important things I will ever do. 

In a few moments, I will pack up my bag and computer, drive home, and re-enter mommy world. 

Meanwhile, Starbucks is down the street humming the delightful and ever so tempting music of the other world, and now I know I can always return when I’m ready.