It was a great week focused on yoga and long walks with pooch. My body is craving the yoga. The stretching and quiet time feels amazing on my expanding body. During shavasana, the baby gives me happy flutters. That makes up for the many poses I can’t do because of the babe’s positioning.
We had our monthly check up this week and met with one of the female doctors in the practice, whom we adore. She’s a realist and clearly loves her job. She walked through what I should expect in these final weeks and we also discussed my weight gain.
I’m up 26# and with the exception of my face rounding more, I’m primarily carrying all that weight on my front. The tatas are a heavy burden! We talked about how much I’ve grown in cup size; she was shocked at the dramatic jump and rationalized that as I was implying, majority of my weight is in my chest. Glad she agreed after the scolding I received last month from another (male) doctor in the practice.
While I haven’t really restricted myself of what I’m eating, I am conscientious to make sure I am consuming enough veggies, fruit, protein and calcium. I have definitely veered far off the paleo track, but our nightly meals are centered around our traditional paleo cooking. I’m having lots of yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and grain; more than I have in a year. It’s obviously going to take a toll on my weight, regardless of growing another human. The reassuring thing is that I know with strict paleo and heavy doses of CrossFit and hot yoga, the extra gain will slide off once Baby arrives.
This appointment was also the time for my whooping cough vaccination, Rh factor shot and my glucose blood work. I was poked and prodded from head to toe!
To ease the eczema on my face, I found my trusty bottle of Bio Oil. This stuff is magic! After using it morning and night for a week, the dryness has subsided and the dullness/patchiness isn’t as extreme. Bio Oil is also known for working wonders on stretch marks. I’m going to start using on my belly and chest to help.
We ended our week with a date night at our church. It was a great opportunity to spend some quality, spiritual time together and meet other couples in our parish. It was much needed time for us individually and together.
Saturday was full of “nesting.” We bought some awesome furniture from a new boutique – Twigs and Twine. Then it was on to tackling the garage, which was in much need of organization and sorting. We felt very accomplished by the end of the day!
Week 28 WODs:
Feb. 3 – Flow Yoga with our favorite instructor. She provides lavender soaked wash cloths during shavasana. It adds such a nice touch to relaxation! I’m going to make sure we have some of her water soluble lavender oil on hand during labor since it has such a calming effect on me.
Feb. 5 – Centered Yoga, filled with hip and pelvic openers. Many of the poses will come in handy in April!
Feb. 6 – 2.5 mile walk with pooch, enjoying the gorgeous day, and deep cleaning the house. I mean deep; I worked up a good sweat!
Feb. 7 – 3 mile walk with pooch
Feb. 9 – Yoga with my lovely ladies, outside in the gorgeous sun. Can’t think of a better way to start the day!
Isn’t yoga great?! Keep going, even if you just go for shavasana 🙂 My midwife had a crockpot full of warm lavender scented washcloths and it was bliss. Also, please don’t worry about weight. I gained over 50 the first time around. And the second time I honestly don’t know because they don’t bother weighing you! Thy understand there are other better indicators of your and baby’s health. 😉 peace
Just randomly found your blog and I’m really enjoying it! I’m a formerly-morbidly-obese-turned-crossfit-L1-trainer.. during my first pregnancy I started out at 265 and ended at 282; this one I started at 165 an I am CONSTANTLY stressing myself over the weight gain and non-paleo eating (plus I had some placental issues that had me on rest for longer than I care to discuss). It’s SUCH a mental struggle for me not to feel guilty for wanting more carbs and dairy bc of my history of weight issues, but this one hit the nail on the head–it will melt off once I’m in a different stage of my life and right now I just need to do what feels best for me and the baby (even if it means gaining a few #!!)
Melissa, Congratulations on your success and your pregnancy! I am so glad this site is helpful. Would love to profile you, if you’re interested. Let me know. Wishing you continued health.