My Pregnancy Diary; 30 weeks!

How the hell did that happen? I literally have 9-10 weeks left, depending on when I have my C-section – and wow, look at the bump!

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This week, I’ve had a massive hormone surge! Sunday, I felt awful. Light-headed, sick and I had a horrible metallic taste in my mouth, which apparently is down to a surge in the hormone Oestrogen. Thankfully it has passed now, but for a few days I really didn’t fancy any food, so I’m so grateful for my frozen Ooosh juices, which I keep in the freezer and can defrost as and when I need them. They are cold-pressed, which prevents the loss of nutrients and separation of the ingredients and have such a high-level of fruit and veg in them, I’m confident that on days I don’t feel like eating much, I’m giving bubba plenty of nutrients, especially greens!

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These are also a must for new, busy mums, so check out Scott’s website and drop him a line to see how he can help you. The beauty is that you can mix and match your favorite flavours in your delivery, and it’s as simple as storing them in the freezer and taking one out to defrost for the next day – or for in my case for later on if I’m having one for dinner!  I’m certainly going to make sure I’m stocked up for those early days when you need food – but have very little time or inclination to cook, especially breakfast!

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Back to training; I’m still going. I’m training 6ish times a week, which includes two power walks/slow runs at the weekend. The TRX is helping me greatly when it comes to exercises such as one-legged squats and press ups, and it means I can work with my body weight, which, because it’s so much heavier than I’m used to means I’m not really using any free-weights. I’m determined to train right until the end.

To help me with my training, I’ve also been lucky enough to give the FitBump Box a try, which is a lovely box especially for pregnant women and new mums.IMG_2296 The box comes nicely wrapped and inside features a resistance band, a Pilates cushion and a mini Pilates ball.

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It also gives you access to a private membership area where you’ll get;
* Week by week pregnancy & new mum Pilates workouts (I’m looking forward to doing these after my C-section, where I’m going to have to really ease myself back into training!).
* Weekly food planning, recipes, tension relieving exercises, back pain workouts, postnatal “mummy tummy” cardio and strengthening workouts
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* a private forum where they cover everything from back pain, pregnancy worries and topics like postnatal ‘mummy tummy’ troubles! Again, it’s going to be great to talk to other mums, and possibly Joanna, the pregnancy & postnatal fitness expert behind the workouts when I’m ready to ease myself back into training and looking to knit my abs back together before I get back to anything hardcore! A bit or reassurance and training advice without having to leave the house!

I’m really looking forward to doing some of the Pilates workouts, as it’s easy to forget your core when pregnant. My core and abs are usually my favourite area to train, but I don’t want to overdo it in pregnancy and risk getting Diastasis Reci – aka my abs splitting into two! It makes it harder to recover and if I rush into working out too quickly I could end up with a permanent pooch!

If you are worried too, then I would certainly recommend doing your research and maybe investing in a box like the FitBump Box, which is expert lead and tried and tested. These tips should help you too;

  • Always focus on the TA or Transverse Abdominus during pregnancy.
  • Avoid exercises laying on your back during pregnancy.
  • Avoid moves such as crunches, planks, and sit ups as these are the prime culprits to Diastasis Recti.
  • Perform each move slowly and controlled to prevent injury or mishaps.
  • ….and, as always talk to your doctor before attempting ANY ab moves during pregnancy.

Keep an eye out for more on how I’m getting on with the workouts and how they are helping me through these final months!

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Lucy and her 15-week bump

So here we go again. I have a bump forming and my body is changing.

Finding out I was pregnant was, I won’t lie, a MASSIVE shock. If you read my previous blogs, I really struggled to fall pregnant with Lacie and went to a Fertility Retreat called Simply Healing in order to fix my body and get super fertile again. I’m pleased to say it worked and stayed working. I didn’t have to go this time to conceive and literally didn’t even have to think about it. Your body is such a clever machine – especially when you give it all the right tools to work with. I can never thank Vivien and her team enough!

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So more on my bump! I was seriously smashing it body-wise before I fell pregnant this time round. I was hitting around five quality gym sessions a week, walking lots just through daily life and my diet was on-point. I still enjoyed the odd treat, but I felt like my body was responding really well. This is definitely reassuring, as I now know I can get pregnant and get my body back with hard work and dedication!

So what have I noticed this time around?

The cravings! Oh my! I’ve craved toast with lashings of butter, cheese and pickle sandwiches, Mars Bars (Yes really!) and biscuits. Anything carb’y and sweet – and basically all the things I craved when pregnant with Lacie.
For the first 12 weeks I went with it, but then at my 12 week scan promised myself I would try to get on top of things a little and introduce some juices again, some protein and good fats for breakfast and a protein-rich dinner. So far, so good!
For the last few weeks, my cravings have turned around and I’ve been enjoying eggs and avocado with feta cheese for breakfast with some Rye bread, grapefruit and nuts for snacks, salads with hummus and homemade spinach falafels for lunch and some sort of fish dinner. I’m still really off chicken and beef and green veggies but again, this happened with Lacie. It’s strange isn’t it?

Training wise, I haven’t missed one session yet! But I have been listening to my body and taking more rest periods, training for shorter periods of time, if I feel tired and using mainly body weight. I’m still running too. Just at the weekends at the moment, but again I’m running much slower than normal and taking walking rest periods after each mile. I will try to run for as long as I can, as I just love the fresh air and the freedom it gives me.

So what next? I’m going to be keeping weekly blogs of my pregnancy and training journey with pics to show how my body is changing.

I’m also going to use my knowledge and Mirella Ingamells Yummy Mummy Guide To Pregnancy, as, as I think you’d agree she looked amazing during and after her pregnancy.

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I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite pregnancy products and recipes that are (hopefully) keeping me on the straight and narrow…starting with an amazing juice i’ve been enjoying most days.

This is from a good friend called Scott McArthur, who I met at Jason Vales’s Juice Retreat in Turkey.
He delivers Cold-Pressed Raw juices to your door, and although I’m not solely just living on juices day in, day out, I am enjoying one daily as either a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

My juice today was called Protein Power and made from:
Cucumber
Avocado
Apple
Banana
Pineapple
Wheatgrass
&
Spirulina.

A great energising mid-afternoon snack!

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Lean, Green and Mean. Let’s Juice!

As you know, I’m a huge fan of juicing and, after some encouragement, so is Lacie. It always, has to be my juice, mind, but that’s fine. I just make extra. Knowing that she’s getting some vegetables in her, definitely helps me sleep at night. These days, I can’t even place a vegetable on her tray. If I do, I get a huge ‘NOOOOO Mummy, and its given straight back to me!

Here’s one of our favourite recipes at the moment. It’s been created by Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach for Philips. I’ve only ever used a Philips Juicer – they are easy to clean (honestly cleaning these juicers can be a real drag!) and they are pretty compact, especially the Viva Collection Compact juicer, so they don’t take over the kitchen.

This recipe is called the Little Green Monster, and it is made from;

2 apples
3 handfuls of spinach
5 celery sticks
and a ¼ of a lemon.

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Give it a go and if your child refuses to eat vegetables, pop a fun, curly straw in your glass and encourage them to try it. Once they have a taste – you won’t get a look in, so next time, make double!!

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Have you tried adding a juice to your children’s meals? I’ve found the more colourful the better! You could even get them to help you make it – or pretend too!

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Day 4 of my 21 day challenge

Day four already, and I’ve probably had more green stuff than I’ve had for a long time. Someone told me my skin looked amazing today too. An effect of the Purifyne Juices perhaps? I’ve also been sleeping so well, which I can only put down to the juices. God, I love sleep!

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So today, I went to gym first thing and now that I’m feeling better, I got back on my Bearwolf programme. I had an amazing workout, then had a juice straight after, followed by a juice at lunch time, which took me ages to drink. It was literally lemon, lime, kale, celery & cucumber. I found it very ‘green’, almost bitter’ish!

I then had a lettuce, chard, apple, asparagus and lime & ginger juice mid Arvo with my Brazil nut butter (I added a banana and some cinnamon as I find it really hard to swallow, then had another juice for dinner followed by a peppermint tea and a few hours of feature writing for WebMD.

So, that’s another day of juicing under my belt after yesterday’s antics, but I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure if juicing suits me. I eat pretty well (most of the time) anyway and I’m actually starting to crave things I would never usually have, especially mid afternoon. It gets to 4pm and I just want to eat. Tips anyone?

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Day 2 of my 21 day detox challenge

I’ve woken up not hungry and ready to try a light gym session. It won’t be my usual but it will probably feel like it if my resting heart rate is anything to go by this morning. I’m clearly still fighting something off but sometimes doing something actually makes you feel better!

I started with some side plank rotations & side lunge with a reach before moving onto lunge with Kettlebell press, super-setted with maximum press ups. I managed 13 in each set.
My workout lasted for about an hour all in all, and progressed to thrusters, burpees, 5k bike and abs, which I was pleased with. I didn’t push it though!

I then had my first juice of the day…before walking to the park with Lacie.
My hubby then decided he wanted to lunch, so whilst him and Lacie ate, I drank my juice. I won’t lie. I was tempted to give in and have lunch with them but after a few sips of my juice I didn’t feel too hard done by.
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I then had my Brazil nut milk at 4ish, which I find incredibly sweet. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but it’s filling so that’s enough for me, followed by juice for dinner at 7pm and a hot water with a slice of lemon. All in all, I’ve had 4 juices and lots of water.

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I do feel hungry today and I do feel a little agitated BUT my word, I’ve been productive. I’ve written a feature, sorted all the clothes in my drawers, sorted Lacie’s 1st birthday photos and also wrote & sent all her thank you cards.

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I also had a long soak in the bath with Epsom salts, not only because it’s advised on the Purifyne juice programme but also because my hubby ordered in a pizza and some sweets and I just had to get away. How cruel can you be?
I don’t actually eat pizza – but the whole house smells AMAZING.

I wonder if he saved me any?

Day 1 of my 21 Day Fix

Day one of my Purifyne Juice cleanse went well.
I’m still not 100% so I swapped my usual gym session for a fasted hour’s walk (boo! I love lifting weights!) but at least I managed to do something active and Lacie got a sleep at the same time. I feel utterly flaked though!

I then came home and had my first juice; kale, apple, lemon, cucumber, spinach and ginger. It was amazing. I was worried that it would be watery and ‘green’, but it was the complete opposite. Tangy and tasty!

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Mid-afternoon I had a Brazil nut milk which was creamy & lush before finishing the day with one last juice.

Do I feel hungry? No! Do I feel refreshed? No! Do I feel energised? Not yet!
I do feel less bloated though, and proud of myself for sticking to it, despite my hubby eating a chicken Kiev in front of me!

Time to get an early night. Happy Friday!

Day 21 – my last day of the 21 day fat loss challenge

So today is my last day of my 21 day challenge – but I will be keeping it up! I’ve got into a great routine over the last three weeks and really enjoying my workouts too. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and I think that is correct!

Today I started the day off with a Kettlebell Tabata workout whilst Lacie was in bed, then I had a juice made up of 3 carrots, a whole cucumber, 2 apples and half a lemon before taking her swimming at Virgin Active. I love how many vegetables you can cram into a juice – think of all those nutrients feeding your cells!!

Lacie had a good sleep after her swim so I had a protein bar before answering a few emails and starting a feature for Fertility Road Magazine.

For lunch, Lacie had sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach & pear with Cod, while I had a spinach falafel and hummus salad. I then had some chocolate CO YO mid arvo followed by a spinach, apple, celery, cucumber and avocado smoothie for dinner.

I will weigh myself tomorrow – but I know that all my clothes feel really comfortable and I’m feeling slimmer than before so I’m happy. This challenge has been great for keeping me focus, so if anyone wants to join me on another one, drop me an email and I’ll write a 21 day challenge for you too.

The Diary of a Breast Feeding Mum

Breast-feeding can be pretty demanding. It can be so rewarding too, and I’m so glad I’ve done it and stuck it out for over eight weeks now.

During the first few weeks my nipples were so sore, which is pretty common and I had mastitis, which thankfully I managed to cure with warm flannels, ibuprofen & self-massage. It was a really painful time but the best thing to do is carry on feeding through it. It helps block the inflamed milk ducts.

Anyway I came out fighting and still feeding. It definitely gets easier, so this is how my day usually goes.

Wake at 5pm.
Lacie now goes from 10pm – 5am, which gives me 7 hours sleep. I always feed her in bed with me, and doze off. It’s so much easier than having to get up and make up a bottle.
Night-time feeding is definitely easier thanks to my Anita breast-feeding PJs, which are comfy and really easy to feed with. No fiddley straps or buttons, they have a chest opening for feeding. Great for ease and cold nights too, when you just really don’t want to strip off.

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Back to sleep until 8am
This feed is always followed by smiles and a bit of playtime. Our favorite story book at the moment is Wilson the Whistling Tree Frog, which is part of her Babycademy set. We read the book whilst doing the actions with Wilson the Frog. It’s great fun for both of us.

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Up at 9am
This is when I do my exercise. I pop Lacie straight in her pram and off we go. I either walk for an hour or jog around the park with her pram, stopping en-route at the children’s playground for some toning work with my resistance band and dumbbells. I will post one of my workouts soon.

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Back by 10:30am
Breakfast. This is usually a Be Skinny Me shake or a Slender Blend shake with Maca powder, a banana and some cinnamon. I also have a bowl of home-made granola, made by soaking oats overnight in apple juice and then mixing with seeds, nuts and dried apricots. I then bake it until golden brown. I love Maca powder because it helps balance out your hormones and help reduce the stress hormones caused by sleepless nights and being a new mum. 

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11:30 Feed then playtime
My feeding app ‘Nursing Time’ really is my bible. It times between feeds, times how long she feeds for, from what side she’s fed and also records all her feeds for the day. Great to look back on. Especially when baby brain kicks in and you can’t remember which side you fed from last.

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11:30 is also playtime
Lacie either goes on her playmat, in her Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker, which comes with comes bright and colourful fabrics to stimulate her little brain and a vibration unit to calm and soothe your baby or simply on her blanket on the floor. She loves having a kick around.
Whilst this is keeping her entertained, I’ll have a snack of sliced chicken pieces, 1/2 avocado and cucumber. Protein is essential for maximising your milk flow, whilst the good fats in the avocado will help improve her  growth and development. I find that I’m really thirsty also when breast-feeding so the cucumber helps keep me hydrated.

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2pm: Lunch
This is usually homemade tomato and lentil soup, which is full of iron and vitamins, followed by some fruit.

2:30: Out and About 
I find this feed the hardest as I’m usually out and about with my NCT friends, mother in law or  mum or sisters, so I need clever clothes that allow me to feed discreetly. I’ve found the Breast Vest to be über helpful, which makes any top a breastfeeding top. It works by  sitting  just under your nursing bra, so when you feed it covers your tummy and doesn’t interfere with your bra straps.  Babes with Babies is another great clothing line, which make stylish clothes especially for nursing mums. I have the Cloud 9 Nursing T-Shirt, which has an elegant scooped neckline and soft draped pleats that flatter a postnatal tum.

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4pm: Juice Time
I’m always tired and hungry in the afternoon so I always have a juice to pick myself up. I love Plenish Juices. They come in handy little bottles, are cold-pressed and full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help keep my milk quality high. I also love making my own juices. I tend to do a batch on a Sunday night and freeze. My favourite at the moment is one beetroot, one apple, 1/4 inch of cucumber and 1/2 lemon. I add this to 1/2 a litre of water and sip throughout the afternoon.

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5:30: Feed
Feed time again. If I’m out and about still, then I’ll take some expressed milk, which I’d expressed earlier using my Medela Swing Breast Pump. I love it. It’s so quick and easy – and not stressful. I always thought I’d hate expressing but it really isn’t that bad. I like to give Lacie a bottle every three days just so she’s not fussy and I know she will take a bottle, which is especially important for when the grandparents have her and mummy and daddy want to pop out for some dinner or a spot of shopping. My breast pump came with a Calma bottle, which enables Lacie to maintain the natural feeding behaviour that she’s learnt on the breast. I don’t want her getting confused when going from bottle to breast and back again.

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6:15 : Core Workout 
My hubby usually arrives home about now, so I hand her over for daddy time, whilst I head to our home gym and get some core work in. Just 20 mins is enough to help heal my recti diastasis, which is abdominal separation caused by pregnancy. It’s all about consistency, so I do my exercises little and often. I need a strong core again before I start running any sort of distance or start lifting heavy weights.

7pm: Dinner
Protein & vegetables for us. If I’m extra hungry I’ll have a sweet potato too.
Dinner is usually followed by a chopped apple and almond butter.

7:30: Bath time
Bath time. Lacie usually goes in first. Now her skin isn’t so sensitive I love adding some special Cussons Mum & MeSleep Tight Baby Bath‘. It’s infused with lavender to help her sleep and most importantly its hypoallergenic and paediatrician approved. I always finish her bath with a massage. I wrap my hands around her legs, then gently pull my hands down to her feet before tracing circles on the soles of her feet with my thumbs. I use the Sleep Tight Balm for this. She loves it – and it makes her really relaxed and sleepy.
I’ll have a bath after her whilst she sleeps on daddy. My fav products are also from the Mum & Me range. Especially Calm & Soothe Bath Soak and the New Mum Firming Butter, which contains Oat and Marine Algae Extracts, helps to leave skin feeling tighter, firmer and more toned.

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8:30: Feed
Milk time again. This tends to be a long, relaxed feed, to full her tummy for the night. She’ll then sleep again either on daddy or in her crib downstairs with us, which allows is to get a few chores down or spend some quality time together.

10:30: Last feed
I like to give her a little top up before bed. If I’m really tired, I’ll go to bed at 9ish, then set my alarm to give her a quick feed. She’s sleep 7 hours at the moment so I know if I give her a little top up now I won’t have to wake again until 5:30ish.

A little Visit to see Vivien Kay at Simply Healing Detox Retreat – Juicing, Healing and Catching Up.

I can’t praise Vivien Kay and Simply Healing enough for all the support they’ve given me and my husband over the last year.

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It’s crazy to think that this time last year I had my first fertility appointment with a specialist, who told me I probably had PCOS. As you know from older posts it wasn’t that at all and I just needed to give me body a bit of TLC, eat more, cut down on the exercise and get more in tune with my body, which I did with the help and advice from lots of incredible experts.

I remember, this time last year I felt so incredibly helpless. My sister was pregnant, it was coming up to Xmas and I was waiting to hear from my doctor about my next plan of action. It’s crazy. I was down in the dumps big time. I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and counting down the days until my due date…was a difference a year makes!

So today I thought I would pay Auntie Viv a visit. Its hard at this stage of the pregnancy – you feel so close – yet so far. The due date is in sight but you feel tired and you are winding down so the days feel longer and you feel like you are just waiting. You also haven’t been scanned since week 20 (well most of haven’t unless you pay for a private scan or have had a problem) and you just want to know that you’re baby is ok and ready to come out. Re-assurance was defiantly needed.

As usual my healing session with Vivien started with a warm welcome as I walked in to her gorgeous Sussex home.
I then laid on the couch as she placed her hands on my bump. The first thing Viv said was that baby was very cozy and sleeping. She tends to sleep lots in the day and wake me up at 5am in the morning so this didn’t surprise me. After a few minutes, Viv expressed that she was slightly concerned about mine and the baby’s energy levels. I must admit, this rings true. My energy has been awful recently, and I just haven’t had an appetite – it’s a catch 22 as you obviously need to eat for energy. She said that she wants me to eat more (at least every three hours) because the baby needs energy to get into the prime position and get ready for birth. At this rate it looks like she might be late as she’s slightly lethargic – and not engaged.

So what’s my plan of action? I need to start setting my alarm for every three hours and even if I don’t fancy food, have a juice or something with plenty of nutrients in. Here is a link to some of Simply Healing’s famous juices. There are loads to choose from and they are all super easy to make!
I also need to make sure I have a snack before bed to stop me waking up so hungry and eat more good carbs like Rye Bread, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes and quinoa. Stuffed peppers with brown rice sounds nice!

Another funny thing that Viv said was that the bubba liked the colour lemon yellow – which made me laugh as her nursery is very pink! We may have to start buying some yellow bits….

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