33 Weeks Pregnant; My Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

Today marks the day that I’m 33 weeks and four days pregnant. Yes I feel HUGE, and yes I’m still working out. Granted there are days where I would rather say in bed (usually after a rubbish nights sleep with sore hips!) but nine days out of 10, I’m up, dressed and out the door by 8am for an hour’s workout.

My workouts have definitely relaxed a little. I’m mainly doing low impact cardio on the cross-trainer or bike and bodyweight exercises, after all with all the extra weight I’m carrying, I’m still placing a huge demand on my muscles so they’re ultimately getting stronger without the need for dumbbells.

I’ve also had to cut out things like lunges and one legged exercises as my pelvis was getting sore, and I was worried I’d get Pubis Dysfunction or Pelvic Girdle Pain, which is pain in the front or the back of the pelvis, buttocks, groin and/or radiating into the thighs, and caused by the extra pressure on the pelvis, due to additional weight of growing baby and of course the dramatic changes in posture. I can still do lots of squats though so I’m ok with that 🙂

Now with all these workouts, there are a few fitness essentials that I just COULDN’T live with out at the moment, so here they are. I hope they help you too!

Mama Mio’s 9 Month Stretch Kit by Tracy Anderson
Now I’m not usually a fan of Tracy BUT she has had two children and looks fantastic. There aren’t many fitness experts that have documented their pregnancy for others to see and follow, so for that reason I actually like this DVD – she’s obviously been there and done it. There is a DVD and workout for each Trimester plus the Boob Tube 
Bust firming cream and Tummy Rub Butter 
are two of my fav products! The bust firming cream made such a difference in a matter of days – they definitely felt smoother and firmer! A great package to see you through your pregnancy.
£102.50; http://www.mamamio.com/uk/the-9-month-stretch-kit.html

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REEBOK ZR10 Cross Trainer
As my body is changing by the day, there are days where I’ve just felt far too body conscious to go to the gym and wanted to hide away (I know!)
Although I usually love the gym environment, my REEBOK ZR10 Cross Trainer has come to the rescue for those days where I’ve just wanted to stay at home but still work up a sweat. It has 32 levels of electronic resistance, which means you can modify the intensity of your workout to suit your needs, plus their are 12 pre-set programmes, a distance and heart rate monitor.
I know this is an expensive piece of kit but there was a method to my madness. I thought it would be ideal for when the baby is here and for when I am able to exercise again after my 6-week checkup. When she is sleeping, then I have no excuse not to get a mini workout in. I can jump on it without leaving the house plus pop the TV on whilst doing it and catch up with Sky+ to distract me.
£599; REEBOK ZR10 Cross Trainer

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Shock Absorber Sports Bra
Need I say more? Your breast shape changes dramatically when pregnancy so it’s vital you support them to avoid back pain and sagging! What’s more, recent research from Shock Absorber has found that over a third of exercisers (35%) are still not wearing a sports bra despite two thirds (65%) admitting they frequently experience breast bounce when exercising. Pregnant or not. if you are exercising then you should be wearing a sports bra!
£31; shockabsorber.co.uk

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FittaMamma High Support Top
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t’s tempting to live in black when you’re pregnant which is why I love my Hot Pink FittaMamma high support sports top. 
It boosts an unique back panel spreads the weight of your baby onto your back and shoulders (like a quality sports bra!) whilst strong elastane content hugs your bump to help you feel lighter and more comfortable. It also has a built in sports bra and a firm waistband that feels super-secure around your hips. When I wear mine, I feel well and truly held in!
£49.99; www.fittamamma.com

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Swim – Your Bump Will Love It…..

Although I’m not usually a fan, (I like the dry!) I’ve found that swimming is a relaxing, invigorating exercise when pregnant. It’s low-impact, and keeps pregnant women healthy without putting strain on the joints or legs.

One thing I have had to get over is how I look in a swim suit. All my old bikini’s look ridiculous with a bump and my tankini doesn’t quite cover it so I’ve had to find a good-fitting, comfortable swimsuit to wear that doesn’t offend anyone!

One tankini I have fallen in love with is from the Anita Maternity Swimwear range.

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The pretty maternity two-piece has adjustable straps, a supportive and padded bust area and ruching around the tummy. It comes in lots of colours too.

Now, not being quite confident with my expanding chest, I did however find that the design was pretty low cut, but thats fine because I wore a supportive halter neck sports bra underneath. There’s nothing worse than keep having to re-cover and re-adjust yourself mid-stroke. This just gave me that extra security and once in the water no-one would know any different.

So what do I do in the pool – except from swimming? Well after speaking to a coach at my pool, I’ve been doing pool running and breast stroke but stopped doing the front crawl.

Unlike the crawl, breaststroke doesn’t require the torso to twist, which can be both uncomfortable and harmful to the back. Also, as pregnancy often drives the shoulders and spine to round, and pushes the pelvis out of position, breaststroke can help counteract this, as it gently encourages the body to remain properly aligned.

As for backstroke – my favourite – the jury is still out.
As we know, after the first trimester, women are advised not to lie on their backs for fear that the pressure of gravity will compress a major vein in the chest and impede blood flow. Some experts advise pregnant women against doing the backstroke for this reason. However, the water can minimises the effect of gravity on your stomach, so you should safely be able to carry on doing backstroke while pregnant. All I suggest is that you keep an eye on this as your bump grows and stop at the first sign of discomfort or dizziness.
Enjoy the water ladies – I know your bump will. It feels so good for it to be supported – and hidden under the water, well away from those impending eyes as you lift weights in the gym. This is time for just you, your bump and the water.

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Five inches and counting…..

For as long as I can’t remember, I haven’t weighed myself, but instead used a tape measure to keep track of my body shape. 

Instead of writing it down I’ve instead put a red line on the tape measure so every time I  measure myself I know where I stand. 

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So today I took the plunge and grabbed my tape measure to see how much weight I had really put on since falling pregnant. 

To my surprise, the measurements around my upper arms were exactly the same. Great. My calves again were exactly the same. Once again – great! My thighs were 1/4 an inch bigger – ok not the end of the world and could be water retention, but my hips were two inches wider – which shocked me slightly. I then did a bit of research and found that most women’s hips will widen during pregnancy mainly because the hormone relaxin causes the ligaments in your pelvis to widen and become flexible so that birth will be easier, which put my mind at ease. 

I then measured my tummy and ha! It was 5 inches bigger since the beginning of my pregnancy, five months ago – an inch for every month. It’s nice to know that my bubba is growing well! 

Now to support my growing bump I came across this GORGEOUS Gowri Wrap.

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It’s absolutely beautiful and is designed to give the baby some gentle support, while supporting your lower back, which is vital for me, since I am really bendy thanks to my gymnast background and even more so now that I have an extra dose of relaxin in my body. 

Dr Gowri Motha, a fantastic a doctor, healer and pre and postnatal expert also believes that the wrap can stop the colon getting bloated and discourage the build up of gas and build up in the colon, since the growing uterus is fighting your colon and intestines for space, creating gas and wind. 

The wrap can also be used post-baby too, helping to bring your ribs back to their original position and lift your abdominal organs. 

I can’t wait to start wearing this. It truly is beautiful and will support my growing bump over the next three months, whilst helping me to ease my abs back into its pre-pregnancy shape once the baby is here. Well worth the £75 and my husband likes it too! 

Get yours at http://www.bopeeps.com/collections/the-gowri-wrap.php for just £75. 

You can also learn more about it by watching this video featuring the one and only Dr Gowri. it’s a very interesting watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5b4JlYDkaE

 

 

 

Protect Your Assets with the right sports bra

It’s not only your belly that grows during pregnancy. Your boobs grow too. Annoyingly none of my sports bras fit anymore. I’ve never felt so womanly!

So I called in a helping hand from Clare Robertson, Panache sports bra designer.

According to Clare “it is especially important to be fitted correctly when looking for a sports bra whilst pregnant.
Most sports bras are unwired, which would be more comfortable and safer than a wired bra that doesn’t fit correctly. But a correctly fitted wired sports bra would give more support for the heavier busted woman. It is always important that the wire sits behind the breast tissue and not on it, especially when pregnant.”

Now, I know everyone is different, but Clare reckons most pregnant women go up at least one band size and 2 cup sizes – but don’t guess this when looking for an effective sports bra go and be sure to go and get expertly fitted periodically throughout  your pregnancy.
Now thankfully I’m fully stocked with some comfy bras that should see me through my pregnancy including The Panache Sports bra (£35).
Now looking slightly larger than what I’m used to, I found this bra really supportive and comfortable. I liked the adjustable straps which allowed me to wear racer back tops and normal strappy tops while still keeping me supported.
It wasn’t bulky either so when I was having an especially fat day, I could wear under normal clothes for added support and re-assurance. I also loved the colourways – although this one below isn’t available until September.
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Another of my favourites was the Moving Comfort Juno Bra ( from £24). Admittedly it isn’t as supportive and structured as the Panache Bra BUT it was uber comfortable and felt more relaxed, which made it perfect for a yoga or stretching session. It gave me a nice shape too.
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So there we have it. A few of the best Sports Bras to wear when pregnant and exercising.
I’ve never been used to having boobs (or a bump for that matter), so these have been life savers for me – and I”m confident that they will protect me until the baby is here and until my body returns to its normal shape.
One thing I’ve learnt over the last few months is don’t fight it ladies – go with the flow and enjoy the ride and all the body changes pregnancy brings. It might be the only time in your life that you have bigger and perkier breasts for free!