My third pregnancy… what’s different and what’s the same.

As much as I would have loved to update every step of the way, life this time around has not allowed for that! As a photographer the fall was crazy, per usual, and then at 32ish weeks we moved. So I’m just trying to keep up! But before this baby makes an appearance I want to write down things that have been a must for me this time around.

What’s different…

When I pulled out my box of maternity clothes from previous pregnancies, I barely wanted to wear any of it. Insert Le Tote. Maternity clothes rental. Y’all, this was seriously a game changer. Here’s why: each month 5-8 pieces showed up on my door step (check). The things I loved wearing and fit well I kept and paid much less than retail price (yes, please). This was a win-win for me because I knew the way it fit and that I liked wearing it! Plus I got a ton of compliments on my maternity clothes this time around. Yes, overall a win. I would do it again in a heartbeat. (Use this link if you want to get a free tote to try it out!)

Cardio… After I had my daughter 3 years ago I started going to spin classes. I quickly fell in love and went 3-4 days a week combined with my barre workouts. When I found out I was pregnant this time I was afraid to give up the spin classes because of losing the progress I had made. Also, as an added bonus, during the first trimester nausea it was the only thing that made me feel better. Honestly. My first pregnancy I stopped running because my doctor at the time was against it. The doctor I ended up with (and adore) strongly encourages my activity to stay the same while I’m pregnant. So with #2 I continued running but had to stop at 16 weeks because it just plain hurt my hips and pelvis. Spin offered a low impact cardio that has kept me going back throughout this third pregnancy (yes, even at 38 weeks!). My doc has still supported my activity level and for that I am so thankful. I just kept saying, I’m going until I can’t anymore. In case you’re looking for a great book that supports an active lifestyle during pregnancy, check out “Fit and Healthy Pregnancy.” Since my body had trained for this type of activity, it gave me comfort to keep up the activity level. If Kerri Walsh Jennings can win a gold medal for beach volleyball while pregnant, I can keep up my spin classes!Surely.

Chiropractor. Y’all, this has made a huge difference this pregnancy. In pregnancy I have high blood pressure. It’s happened all 3 times but this one it was trending much higher. I started having back pain so I paid the chiropractor a visit. He was pretty confident my BP would level out. Let’s just say it made a significant difference. It dropped A LOT and has stayed down. At 39 weeks my blood pressure spiked with number 2 and this time it was a perfect 119/76. Again, I know this is a sensitive subject but there are plenty of chiropractors that specialize in pregnancies. And it is SO worth looking into, in my opinion.

What’s stayed the same…

Staying active. As I said in my second pregnancy I was more active than my first. While cardio was minimal I still did my barre work outs 4-5 days a week. It made a huge difference in how I carried the baby, how I felt overall and my delivery was a breeze. People in my fitness studio say they admire me, but for me it’s a must for me to keep up my fitness level. Seeing the results pay off in a big way makes it worth showing up any day I may not feel like I want to. But of course, I’ve made modifications along the way as needed.

I gave myself a lot of grace. In these last two pregnancies I’ve done my best to eat well in order to keep my weight gain within a normal range. But I also gave myself grace when I didn’t feel well or when the only thing that sounded good was carbs. I stayed off the scale! It was so great to let that go this time and not obsess, plus my weight gain has stayed in normal range. When I was tired I rested. When I needed a nap, I took a nap. I’ve tried to listen to my body better and give myself grace as needed. It’s not been the Whole30 pregnancy I hoped for, but y’all I made those food choices when I felt well. Its all about balance and I have to say I’ve felt great most of this pregnancy!

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