During my pregnancy one thing I did every day was use a stretch mark prevention lotion. I just stumbled upon it one day at Walgreens. I like the ingredients and price so I grabbed it.
I started using it when I started to show which was around 8 ish weeks. I would use it after every shower and every morning adding it to my routine of washing my face. I didn’t only use it on my stomach I used it full body. Stretchmarks can appear anywhere and during pregnancy your entire body changes.
I am happy to report that after gaining quit a bit of weight and my stomach expanding to a size I didn’t know was possible (lol) I do not have any stretch marks. I am still using it today to help with the tightening of my skin during my postpartum care as well.
I absolutely recommend this product!
I love trying new facial products and working on my skin health. I saw so many different people trying these, what I call, pore vacuums. I had to try but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.
I got the Derma Suction! It comes with 4 different attachments and two suctions speeds. The attachments allow you to get into all the groves of your face. Having two speeds or levels of suction gives you control over sensitive areas of your face.
I use this once a week, usually on Sundays. I cleanse my face and then use the Derma Suction. Keep the tool moving, do not let it sit in one spot on your face. I move in the same direction all over my face then go over it again the opposite direction. Once you are finished MOISTURIZE. I can’t say that enough! You just sucked not only the dirt and grime but the moisture out of your skin so you need to put it back. I usually use a moisture mask or a thick moisturizer cream.
You also want to clean out your took after each use, believe me you will be amazed and grossed out! There is also a small filter that will need to be changed periodically.
I have noticed a huge difference in my face and pores. My make up goes on smoother and my skin feels better. I don’t feel like I have little bumps everywhere or that my pores are full of gunk.
You can get yours at Bed Bath & Beyond (where I got mine it was $19.99), CVS, Walgreens and Wal Mart. These are just the places I have seen them. It’s not an expensive took and you will get great results!
From the moment I got pregnant my gums have been bleeding. I have talked about dental health before and I really try my best to do everything I can for my dental health BUT this has been awful. The cause is from the change in hormones in your body which increases the blood flow to the gums. With all the hormones from IVF and pregnancy it came on very quickly for me.
Swollen gums and bleeding – yuck!
So what can be done about it?
- Brush your teeth at least 2 a day using a soft bristle tooth brush
- Floss – recommended once a day but I just try to do it as often as I can
- Warm salt rinse – 1 tbls salt to 1 cup of water
- Keep up your dental visits (recommended every 6 months)
- Good nutrition will also help
It may not seem like a big deal but gingivitis can turn into periodontal infections which can cause preterm labor. This is a serious thing to pay attention to.
As many people know there is a glucose test during pregnancy to test the blood sugar levels/gestational diabetes. I didn’t think twice about the test and was pretty excited that my doctor’s office gives you the drink to drink at home and then come in. Really saves time! I followed all the instructions and really didn’t think the drink was that bad, I had heard horror stories, yes it’s sweet but not undrinkable. After the test again I didn’t think much about it.
I got a call the next day that I failed. WHAT? I was shocked and confused. What does this mean? How badly did I fail? I don’t eat much sugar at all how could this be. Oh and I was also told I was now anemic. Overall just a shocking phone call to me and I was totally at a loss.
I immediately started googling and reading how many women actually fail the 1 hour test but pass the three hour. This made me feel a little better but still wondering. I didn’t fail by much so I went in hopeful to pass the 3 hour test. I kept telling my husband I can’t do more needles, I can’t do more shots. That’s all I kept thinking about. After all the IVF injections and shots I just wanted a break and to not think about that kind of stuff. It was really heart breaking to me.
I went in for the 3 hour test with a total of 4 blood draws and fasting. Not a fun combination for anyone but especially a pregnant person. Luckily I have great veins and they were able to get all 4 draws, some people can’t which I am not even sure what would happen then. Also if you throw up you have to start over. I did get nauseous but I was determined to make it through, I wasn’t starting over!
I took my lap top with me and worked in the small waiting area while I went into the lab every hour for the draw.
I PASSED! I was so excited that I passed. The levels for the 3 hour test are much different windows than the one hour and honestly easier to pass.
What I learned from this is that so many people fail the 1 hour test, it is more common than you think so don’t get discouraged. Even though it is really hard not to and I did. The three hour test is much more realistic. Even with eating healthy and trying to stay focused on my health for pregnancy the baby really changes you and everything about you! (I do take iron now daily for the anemia)
As you know I love to go on a walk or hike and I have shared the benefits of walking on a regular basis before. I have continued walking though my pregnancy as well and the benefits are great for this time as well.
A lot of people can fall into laying on the couch or eliminating activity during pregnancy because, lets face it, it can be really hard. The growing belly, back pain, swelling, balance changing, exhaustion and I could go on forever but I won’t. Some days after a full day of working the last thing I want to do is walk or work out BUT pushing through will benefit me more than sitting on the couch.
Benefits of Walking During Pregnancy
- Keeps your heart strong and your muscle’s tones
- May assist in a shorter easier labor
- Helps to burn calories to assist with too much weight gain
- Helps to protect against developing gestational diabetes & preeclampisia
- Eases constipation
- A great way to have Me Time
- Helps to reduce bloating and swelling
- Improves energy, mood & posture
- Helps you to sleep better
- Assists in getting back in shape after giving birth
These benefits are enough reasons for me to keep moving. I try to walk at least 5 days a week and also incorporate other workouts and activity into my week. This past week I did 6 days in a row of walking at almost 10 miles.
Listen to your body and make sure you have water and a phone with you just in case you need help.
What I am about to share may not be popular or what I “should” say or feel but I don’t care. I can’t be the only one who has had these feelings. Through years of struggling to get pregnant, countless surgeries, and more mental pain then I can begin to explain this is one of the most amazing times in my life. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t come with it’s own set of struggles.
I have felt like due to this I wasn’t allowed to complain or have negative thoughts, my husband told me that wasn’t true, that after all of it I could complain all I wanted. I appreciate that since he gets the brunt of it. However I am still very self conscious.
The weight gain has been something very difficult for me to handle. I absolutely love my belly and the way it is growing and changing. However it isn’t the only thing getting bigger! My legs have really grown and it’s just been hard for me to deal with. The number on the scale at each appointment gives me more anxiety and stress. The doctors say the number is just fine and I look great. That isn’t what this is about, I don’t need other people to tell me I look great. It’s about me and how I feel and unfortunately it’s been so hard for me and something I wasn’t ready for.
I am very thankful to work from home during this because when I do leave the house, even if it’s just for a walk, I get very nervous and anxious about finding something to wear. I need something that is comfortable, fits, doesn’t make me look wide, keeps my bell covered, breathes and so much more. Looking in my closet is such a difficult experience. I normally just wear the same couple pairs of shorts and few tank tops or t shirts. When I do go out there are normally tears and about 100 outfit changes but I do still go out so that is a positive.
This pregnancy is truly a miracle and feeling her move and grow is amazing. I am very thankful she is healthy and will be here so soon but until then I am having a hard time. I am dealing with it each day and trying my best to stay healthy and be confident in who I am. This is the journey I am on and it’s ok that I have hard days and that I feel this way. It’s also ok if you have been there too.
I love reading magazines and sharing the fun facts I find inside so here are some recent ones I found interesting.
Probiotics are just so great and for everyone with anxiety (like me) here is another wonderful benefit of them!
As if there wasn’t already enough reason to eat whole foods the increased calorie burn for people on the weight loss journey will get double the benefits!
I have been using vitamin C for a while now and I can really see a difference, knowing that it is best to put on during the day and your retinal cream at night is a great tip.
I know there is so much judgement in pregnancy, motherhood and just being a women in general. BUT guess what I don’t care. I am sharing my journey and part of that is staying active and working out while pregnant. I want to share what I have been doing to stay active.
**Everything I do is approved by my doctor, every pregnancy and person is different so always speak directly to your doctor**
I do a lot of walks, I try to do at least 4 a week about 1.5 miles each. It has been very hot in Texas lately so the walks can be a little more difficult to complete outside. The heat has really effected me, it slows me down and causes me to need to stop faster than normal. That is totally ok. I listen to my body and always have water with me.
I have done 28 days of Barre3. Barre is a combination of dance, pilates, yoga and muscle isolation that is a great low impact workout that everyone should try. It offers a lot of modifications for every level including pregnancy.
I am currently doing a 30 day push up challenge and focusing on weight training. Mixing it up and keeping it challenging on my body is helping me to stay active and motivated through this journey.
My focus is keeping my breathing strong and my body in the best shape I can so my delivery and postpartum go smoothly.
July 1 I started a 28 day #barre3anywhere challenge put on by Barre3. This is a nation wide Barre studio that offers online classes as well so you can do them anywhere even if a location isn’t convenient for you. This 28 day challenge involved 6 videos a week and one rest day. The videos ranged in length from 10 minutes to 30 minutes but don’t let that 10 minute number fool you, some of those were the hardest and left me really feeling the shake.
You can really do them anywhere. I did most of the videos on my lunch break in our living room. It was a great break from the computer and re-energized me for the rest of the day.
There are so many variations that no matter what your level or injury status is so you can do these workouts. I did have to do variations since I am pregnant and as the bump grew through the month some of the positions did get a little tricky. It was great to really work on my lower back and leg strength. You can add weights for added strength training for your arms as well.
Check out their website to see if there is a location near you and if not you can sign up for a free online trial and you can do these workouts anywhere. There is no excuse to not give it a try and see the transformation you can make in a short period of time.
I am on day 6 of the Push Up Challenge with Shape! I am loving the exercises and it is so easy to do them on their own or add them into any workout routine you already have. I can already feel soreness in my arms which means my strength is increasing. It’s not too late for you to join in on day 6 or start your own calendar with day 1!
If you have any questions about the exercises let me know!