How far is too far to walk when pregnant?? Right now I ended up doing 6km today chasing down the compression tights I needed in town. I am stuffed started feeling sick and am exhausted and ended up coming home early. Still I have the tights and some great advice from the physio and should be feeling relief from this water retention soon.
In other news I trialled the bb mineral powder from physicians formula today… I like it!
I forgot I was giving up junk for lent… Maybe pregnant ladies are allowed 2 days grace for bad memories??
So it has been confirmed I am retaining water like a mofo! I currently feel like this
Still fight fire with fire and I am drinking caffeine free green tea and fresh juices and a heap of water daily.
As well as cleaning up the eating. I have also booked acupunture for Friday to see if that helps.
In other news my lusthaveit box arrived.
It was a nice treat but I don’t think I would want regular subscriptions. The juice face exfoliation is lovely and just what I need to pep up the complexion and the brush is great. The other full size product is a mineral eyeshadow in bright blue which I will pass on to someone who does colour. All the samples have been popped into my hospital bag!
It was also payday so I did a splurge from my wish list in Priceline
A foot file for my dry heels ( if I can actually reach my feet), Epsom
Salts to fight the watery bloat, nuxe reve du miel as my lips are so cracked with the water retaining lark… I have read so many good reviews. Plus apparently a good lipbalm is good to have for the hospital stay. Finally some physicians formula mineral makeup. The big set is going straight in the hospital bag as my yummy mummy kit and the bb powder is for an everyday foundation now. Fingers crossed I love it!
Any tips for water retention?
Well we are at 31 weeks or 31 and a half if you go by my dating scan! Looking bumpy now
It scares me a little how big I am. Although I stopped weighing myself a few weeks ago and make a real effort to only eat when hungry I want to clean up the diet and exercise plan. Daily exercise now it is cooling down even if just a short waddle is back on the agenda. The last few weeks with my hips and the heat this had slipped.
I am also craving health foods and taking this opportunity to launch myself into whole foods with a vengeance. In a few weeks I will no longer be pregnant I will be chubby with a new baby and I know this will personally potentially be hard for me. Whilst I am so looking forward to doing weight watchers again and getting my fitness back until I am on the road with it ( usually after at least 6 weeks) I know there is the potential to feel down on myself. Naturally I don’t want this and one thing I do know is it’s rarely about the size I am and more about how healthy and positive I am being which affects my feelings. I also know this free ride with fodmaps and lactose will end so maybe a gentle cull starting now, rather than band aid approach will work well. Nothing extreme just good wholesome food!
I am back to feeling excited by life and what it may offer me. Possible work opportunities, possible other life’s to choose and I remain strong in looking forward to enjoying my maternity leave.
Only 3 more weeks of work after this one…. Eeep!
Ps swollen fingers and feet are no laughing matter I can’t wear my wedding rings!
Pps she is not here yet and kept me up for four hours last night with her kicking and antics!
I have had a lovely long weekend, just what the doctor ordered. Yesterday we saw a house which looked like it may be all we wished for….. I am glad we went to look because it wasn’t! That means we are free to continue saving. Whilst our house is a little small for a family home it really isn’t too small and I don’t want to buy unless its the one. Plus a smaller mortgage means less requirement for me to do a job I don’t want to. It also means we have more freedom to take advantage of whatever life throws at us.
We had a lovely dinner at friends after a nice day out just the two of us. Today I am home alone and have been cleaning, watching trash, reading blogs and fantasising about the clothes I will be able to wear again with out a bump and chilling. Next stop food shop after I have done our meal plans for the next week… Can you say organised? Meal planning works well in terms of reducing our bills actually and we have to shop less often which is a bonus.
Whoopsie I missed a few days! Friday I had the day off for my grandmas funeral. The funeral Washington England so obviously I couldn’t go but I had the day off Incase I felt sad ( you never know just how sad you may be with preggie hormones!
In the end I had a lovely day with a big clean of the house and a visit from a friend. Our little bump was spoiled rotten by some friends and it was nice. In the evening we drove down south for a friends engagement party. Granted we were like the old grandparents as we were not drinking and I. My frumpy preggie clothes next to all the young whippersnappers. Still a beautiful night for beautiful friends. She gave birth three months ago so totally understood just how much effort I had gone to by I filling my two chipped toe nail polishes as reaching my toes is a thing of the past!
On Saturday we had the morning in the seaside town with coffee by the water. We saw a friends lovely new house and had lunch with her. After driving home I went for a lie down and woke up 4 hours later… Must have been exhausted. 38 degrees and pregnancy makes for just one thing….swelling!
Today we are off for a waddle with the dog. Last night we watched happy feet and those little penguins walking is exactly how I look trying to quickly do a food shop now…. Waddle, waddle, waddle… After a quick brekkie of pancakes this morning. Then we are off to loo at a house. I am so scared…. It is dream house potential. Everything we want in an area we love. A scary time to contemplate saving but it’s also scary to consider missing out on it too! Eeeeep. Then to a friends for dinner.
Four more weeks of work, the count down is on… We just want to meet her so much.
I still spend half my day thinking and dreaming of all the fab outfits I can wear/ hope to wear again one day.
Work can be stressful luckily it really bothers me less. I hope I can retain this calm once the baby comes and use it moving forward.
Today is the start of a 4 day weekend for me. I am looking forward to cleaning the house #nesting.
Having a head in your pelvis and little feet moonwalking your ribs is no laughing matter!
These are today’s main thoughts
Better late than never, yesterday was busy. After a strange nights sleep I was all out of whack and really hungry!
I never reached the zen of the day before at work and although I had a nice day it was just another day.
I did preggie aqua though and it was nice to being back to exercise, with the swollen feet it has taken a back seat and been missed!
Fresh fruit and veg box delivered last night and I finally feel we are getting to grips with out budget. The mortgage has been sorted and the husband is signed off next week ( fingers crossed) and we are consolidating our insurances so I am working away for us to be in a good position to survive on one income as comfortably as possible!
I am sick of my clothes and keep looking round at all the people looking lovely….. How long until I can be like that again? It’s not that I feel bad about myself there just really is less choice and you don’t want to spend heaps on clothes which won’t fit for a long time.
What’s cracking everywhere else in the world?
Today was a really positive day. Despite a lack of sleep due to hip ache I woke up and got going and hopped on the bus to work. Seeing the water and the sunshine was lovely.
My phone battery died today, I felt a little stressed by it at first but it was lovely not checking the mobile, personal emails and facebook… so very zen by accident! But I think I may make it a thing. To be honest when I got home and charged it I hadn’t really missed all that much.
Work was great today. I was busy all day with varied tasks. Whizzed through lots of stuff and started to feel a lot better about everything. I also had what may be a quite promising discussion regarding future plans. It definitely made me realise I have worked hard to date and deserve to just throw my all into being a mumma and loving my maternity leave. I can address the work stuff after… amazing what a difference 24 hours can make!
Morning walks didn’t happen and I had physio after work today. I think weekly physio will be what it takes to keep me mobile to the end. Even if my version of mobile is now just being able to waddle round the block, preggie aqua and just getting on with my day… if I can keep this up I will be happy.
On another note I really hope that once the baby comes my relationship with my husband continues. Nobody warned me that getting pregnant would enclose us in this lovely bubble. Every time he runs me a bath, cooks me a meal or just strokes my hair I am so happy to have him. Every time I nearly go into labour laughing at his impressions of me trying to pick something off the floor or waddling around it makes me feel lucky too….
Its kind of still sinking in. I only just got my head around being pregnant and now she is on her way to meet us. It could be anywhere from the start of may according to the OB!
How was everyone elses day?
Holy moly It is the start of my 5th last week at work… where the bloody hell has this time gone???? Today she kicked for most of the day. In fact all of the day…. ribs, bladder you name It she kicked it!
Today was a good day. Work has the potential for freak outs at the moment as I am trying to get everything done, plus a lot of big projects I am involved in need to be wrapped up for handover. Because of the pregnancy I am doing my best but also forcing myself not to stress…I think this actually makes me better at work. Skill Learned.
Shockingly I actually enjoy the solitary nature of my work right now. Previously I was always wanting to be in a team environment and whilst I recognise this brings many benefits such as camaraderie the only aspect I am truly missing is the brainstorming. Otherwise I am happy just plugging away at my pace. Lesson 2 for the day.
I have been investigating future options for work, which is enjoyable but no path is clear. I think that is because now is not the time for decisions.. now is the time for waiting. Waiting for her to arrive and life as I know it to change.
No real pregnancy issues today. All my joints click as I roll over at night but now I roll with my knees together it is better. My hips are painfull but I do have my sexy girdle to wear. I have swollen feet, but am sat with them elevated which helps. I have a massive bump and am getting bored of preggie clothes. I am also a little tired. I cancelled pilates… it is just too hard to get there at the moment. I need to be walking more but it is hard on swollen feet so I may need to do it early! ( Goal for tomorrow).
I know I am dreadfull… such a bad blogger. I cant really blame the pregnancy. It does make me tired but I am in pretty good health this side of the pregnancy, but time is just flying by and I am not keeping up.
Right now I am basically somewhere between 7.5 weeks and 10 weeks off giving birth. The baby and bump are both measuring in perfectly and she is now head down and moving down ready to come and meet us. This means that sh** just got real!
I struggle frequently. I struggle with the idea of not knowing what the future holds. How will my birth go? will I have a good baby? will I be a good mumma? Will I miss work? will I have the job I want to return to? Will I even want to work? Will I be a lucky one who looses the weight easily? Will I struggle? Will I wet myself the first time I go for a run after birth (apparently a very real possibility)?
So many questions and no answers. As with the rest of this pregnancy my approach has been to try not to stress. Relax, life is changing for you and moving forward quickly…. you do not need to push. Stop and listen to yourself and your body. For the first time in years you are about to do something other than using your degree and who knows you may love it.
So, I am handling things the best way I know how. Reminding myself to stay calm and relax, to journal and document the journey on hear and to allow myself the chance to honestly listen to myself and see what I want and life may offer.
I have started looking into a few very varied options and all of which seem great to me. I have found very little online in the way of a pregnancy/ working woman/ modern mummy type entries. A lot of the mummy blogs seem far to perfect to be appropriate for me right now.
So first instance I am going to use this blog to journal my journey. My thoughts, my feelings about myself, pregnancy, work and trying to be a yummy mummy!
Feel free to join me…. did any of you feel this way when pregnant?