A clean and lean pregnancy

As I approach 41 weeks pregnant, a week overdue, I won’t lie I’ve become seriously apprehensive and stressed. Feeling out of control is not my strong point and the fact that I have an appointment at the hospital on Sunday for some intervention is scaring me too. It wasn’t on the birth plan!!

One thing I can take control of how ever is keeping to a clean and lean lifestyle during these overdue days and doing everything I can to keep me and the bubs healthy and happy. Infact everyone keeps telling me that I should be taking the fact that’s she’s late as a compliment. I’ve created such a lovely little home inside me that she doesn’t want to come out. That’s one good way of looking at it I suppose!

So what do I mean by clean and lean? I mean cutting the C.R.A.P.
C – caffeine
R – refined sugar
A – alcohol
P – processed foods.

One easy way of doing this is going for foods that grow, swim, fly or have eyes. If you couldn’t get it when living in nature, then don’t eat it. Think back to the caveman days. Did they have Pot Noodles? No they had to pick fruits & vegetables and kill their food to eat it.

Another important clean and lean lifestyle point is getting enough sleep. Me and the baby need sleep to help prepare us for what’s coming hopefully in the next few days. We are both going to need energy, so listening to my body and going to bed when I’m tired and waking up when I want to is important.

Cutting stress, limiting my time on my iPhone especially in the bedroom and generally being positive are also vital. These things all go hand in hand when living clean and lean and helping to create a new life, so visualisation, my hypnotherapy and creating vision boards and getting plenty of fresh air all go hand in hand. Try it!

If you need help or advice please don’t hesitate to email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk

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* I am a certified level 3 NASM Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and pre and post-natal fitness expert by Premier Training International 

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40 weeks pregnant – What’s in my hospital bag?

Yup – I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still waiting. This little girl is keeping me on my toes, so I’m taking the time to walk, workout, sleep, watch movies and make sure EVERYTHING is organised for when she does decide to come.

Funnily enough my hospital bag has been packed since I was 35 weeks pregnant. How typical. If it wasn’t packed – perhaps she would have come sooner?! Oh well, it is, what it is.

So what have I got packed in my hospital bag? Is yours all packed? I hope this helps you to get organised….

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First of all, my baby’s stuff is all packed in her OiOi Diamond Quilt Hobo Bag.

This lovely looking bag has one main internal compartment for all her nappies (I’ve packed around 12), cotton wool, a baby grow (this is so cute – Mothercare is great!), some scratch mittens, a blanket, some vests and some muslin squares.

In the elasticised pockets, I have packed some bottles (just in case) and a few bottles of Aptamil 1 First Milk, again just incase.

The bag also has a padded change mat, an insulated bottle holder which i have taken out for now and a PVC OiOi wipes case, which again I have taken out, as the hospital suggests that you use cotton wool to begin with – not wipes.

And how about my bag? Well I actually have a small suitcase as I have so much stuff in there!
I have my *dressing gown, *some spare towels, *warm slipper socks (apparently your feet can get cold during labor), *rose oil, which is supposed to help relive back pain and help relax the pelvis, *lip balm, as your lips can get dry from the gas and air, *hairbands to keep my hair off my face, *my Gownie, maternity gown, *a TENS pain relief machine and also my phone with *headphones, as I hope to listen to my hypnobirthing session with Marisa Peer to help relax me and keep me focused.

I’ve also got lots of snacks and drinks to keep me going through the labour, including *Jax Coconut water, to keep me hydrated and energised (it’s better than water and energy drinks in my opinion!), *bananas, *Bounce Balls –  fudgie walnut is my favourite flavour, *homemade, clean and lean flapjacks and some *chewing gum.

I’ve also packed my hospital notes. DO NOT FORGET THESE GUYS!

Hopefully my next post will be a birth announcement!

My favourite Sugar Free Snack – 40 weeks pregnant and overdue!

I’m now 40 weeks pregnant and 2 days. I feel huge and using my days to get as organised as I can for the big day. I just wish I knew when it was.

To keep me occupied I’ve been trying loads of yummy recipes and cooking lots of sugar free treats. I don’t know about you but I really struggle mid-afternoon when I’m starting to feel tired and a bit bored.

To stop me walking down to Tesco and stocking up on rubbish, I’ve been making this tasty smoothie instead. It’s filing, sugar free and is full of goodness.

You will need;
1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior ‪‎Warrior Blend‬
– 200ml coconut water
– 100ml coconut milk from a can
– 200ml water
– 1tsp organic manuka honey
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 2  ice cubes
– sprinkle of cinnamon

To make I just simply pop everything into a blender, whizz for a few minutes and then serve in a chilled glass with a pretty straw.

I really do love it. It’s really creamy, filling and stops my sweet tooth while giving me a pick me up. I may even pop one in my hospital bag for some instant energy. It’s a nice idea – so I’ll make a note of it and if there is time before I’m whisked to the hospital I will do this. Something to look forward to, while providing me with some energy.

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Due date! How to get back in shape after a baby

Yup 40 weeks of pregnancy is fast approaching – I have days until my due date is here and amongst all the rest and apprehension I am planning my post baby shape up. I know I shouldn’t put myself under pressure to get back in my skinny jeans but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a challenge and can’t wait to get my figure back.

As you know I have worked out throughout my whole pregnancy (and still going) so I’m hoping this will help me on my way anyway. Here are a few things that I will be relying on once the bubs is her to get me back on the straight and narrow and get my flat tum back. Bring it on!

Be Skinny Drink Me drink
I love starting the day with a tasty protein shake but since being pregnant I’ve cut these out and turned to eggs, which are more satisfying for my growing baby. I’ve also had the time to get up and cook eggs every morning. Will I be able to do this with a new born? I’m guessing not so much!

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This appealing Pea protein shake is made using Green tea, Inulin, which is a form of soluble fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer and Glucomannan, which can hold up to 100 times its own weight in water so you again feel fuller for longer and your blood sugar levels stay stable for hours after your have drunk it. What I like best about this shake is that it comes in banana and butterscotch flavour which will defiantly help satisfy my sweet tooth and stop me reaching for anything naughty. I will defiantly be starting my day with one of these – it’s sugar free too and uses stevia, which is low in calories, low-carbohydrate and is a low-sugar food alternative.
£17.50; http://collagen-shots.com/shopping-cart

Freya Active Sports Bra
During pregnancy and after pregnancy is a key time to get a supportive sports bra that is the RIGHT size. Your breasts will most certainly change shape and size during pregnancy so it’s vital that you give them the support they need.

ImageI have a selection of nursing bras for after as well as this uber supportive Freya Active Sports Bra that I will wear when I’m on my daily walks. No walking may not seem high impact but you will still need to support your breasts – especially as they may feel slightly sore after birth and feeding. Think of all those hormones circulating your body! What I like about this bra is that it’s been scientifically proven to reduce breast strain, pain as well as movement and studies show that 92% of participants who tested Freya Active’s new sports bra felt there was reduced independent breast movement (breast movement within the bra) and it was more effective at reducing forwards and backwards movement in the upper section of the breast than the other sports bra styles tested. Participants also said that the bra was 20% more supportive than other sports bra styles in this study and liked the sleek, sporty shape and high coverage of the bra. £29; http://www.freyalingerie.com

Salter MiBaby Mother and Baby Scales

ImageI’m not a huge fan of weighing scales BUT I think in this instance it’s good for me to know how much I weigh post-baby and work at getting down to what I think it my pre-baby weight. I haven’t weighed myself since my wedding but have a rough idea of what I used to be so I will be working towards this. I think scales can be good to start you off on any weight loss journey as you know that you are going in the right direction and it can give you a bit of a boost. I’m never going to be one of these people who obsess over the odd pound but I will be using these at first to keep me accountable and on the straight and narrow. Once I get near my pre-baby weight I will then rely on how my clothes feel and just use these scales to monitor my baby’s growth and development using the baby weight mode.
£49.99; http://www.uk.salterhousewares.com/salter-mibaby-mother-baby-electronic-scale.html 

H&M Lightweight Jacket

ImageI’m absolutely itching to get to the shops and buy some brand new workout kit. It feels like I’ve lived in baggy tops for the last few months and I just haven’t felt trendy what so ever – which is what I love when going to the gym. If I feel good, then I’m so much more confident and want to work that bit harder to make the clothes look even better! H&M recently launched some amazing sportswear, which is colourful, technical, cute and above all, affordable! The new fitness line includes everything from neon sports bras to sweat-wicking jackets, all priced to be friendly to your wallet. I can’t wait to layer this lightweight jacket with a neon hooded fleece top and tight-fitted leggings. Perfect for all these long walks that I have planned once she arrives.

£34.99; http://www.hm.com

39 Weeks Pregnant – Tracy Anderson Workout

Since hitting 39 weeks pregnant I’ve been a bit reluctant to go to the gym. Not only do I feel a bit self-conscious (lots of people like to comment on how big you look) but its starting to feel like hard work. My bump probably weighs a good stone (maybe more) and the shape of it just makes things more difficult. That’s not to say I’m sitting around with my feet up. No way. I’m working out at home instead in my own space, in my own time with my phone on hand. Come on baby 🙂

My usual gym routine has now been swapped for a daily hours walk – which is about 3-4 miles and Tracy Anderson‘s workout DVD called The Pregnancy Project.

The Pregnancy Project contains nine discs, one for each month of pregnancy. Tracy, personal trainer to Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez focuses upon strength and flexibility especially in the arms, back, legs, and backside.

This is the first month I have used her DVD, so I’ve really enjoyed it so far – although I think doing it for the whole nine months would get pretty repetitive, despite the multiple discs. Tracy is also pregnant in this series, too, which means she’s on the same wavelength as you and not her usual toned and tiny self.

I really enjoy the arm series which gives you a serious arm burn without getting the heart rate too high and the legs and bottom exercises on your hands and knees feel really nice on your lower back – being in this position takes any pressure off the back and lets your uterus just hang.

I must admit its a far cry from my usual gym routine – even when I have been pregnant and taking it ‘easier’ so I found myself missing out some of the moves that didn’t feel good on my body and did squats or tube walking instead. I really appreciated the softer side of the workout though – it’s good that I’m listening to my body yet still keeping active.

Just a few days now hopefully. I am missing the gym, yes. BUT I feel it’s time to start taking it easier and conserve my energy for will probably be the biggest challenge of my life.

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