25 weeks pregnant; my exercise & diet diary

This pregnancy is flying. Perhaps it me because I feel so good on it – you’ve got to love the second trimester!

Here’s some pics of me at 25 weeks. My body is changing rapidly and my tummy is definitely feeling heavier & rounder. That’s the plan I guess!

Running hasn’t felt as comfortable this week, so I will try one more time on Saturday and if I’m getting the stitch type pain that I did last weekend, I will swap my running for power-walking. I’m so pleased that I’ve managed to last this long to be honest! I’ve definitely had another growth spurt too; All I’ve wanted to eat are carbs, carbs, carbs! Hard for someone who’s never really been a bit carb eater!

This week I’ve decided to go with it BUT obviously tried to stick to whole grains & gluten free options like B Free Foods, who do the most delicious gluten-free, dairy-free wraps, rolls & bagels.

If you are in the same situation as me and craving carbs but hate the bloat that comes with them, I’ll be posting some food diaries so you can see what sort of foods I eat throughout the day.

Breakfast:
2 Eggs Scrambled with 85g of  Salmon + a handful of spinach (throw
this into the eggs while scrambling with some salt & pepper)
Snack:
A chopped apple with 1-2 tsp of almond butter
Lunch:
Turkey and Relish Sandwich
2 slices BFree Brown seeded long slice bread
1 small cooked turkey breast chopped
1 tbsp tomato relish
Handful rocket + ½ a tomato
Spread the relish on one slice of bread. Layer the turkey and cheese on the
other, add the rocket and serve.
Add a side salad to increase intake of veggies
Snack:
CO YO yogurt with 15 mixed Raspberries & Blueberries
Dinner:
Chicken and Chorizo Stew
1 Chicken Breast
1 serving of chorizo (thumb size)-make sure this is GF
½ tin of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of tomato puree
¼ tin of Chickpeas
1 cloves of garlic
Seasoning (Mixed Herbs, Paprika, cumin, Chilli powder)
Fry of chicken and chorizo with a spoon of coconut oil and 1 cloves of garlic.
Add in your veg of choice. Add in tin of tomatoes and tomato puree and
drained can of chickpeas. Season with a 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder, mixed
herbs, paprika and cumin.

My pregnancy journey; 23 weeks pregnant 

So I’m 23 weeks now (I think!), I’m seriously losing track. I’m so busy with Lacie & life, that I’m not sitting there counting the days like I did in the first pregnancy. You definitely have less time to rest, appreciate your growing baby and your body second time round.

So here’s my bump. I’m growing nicely, and feeling good. Still gym’ing most mornings, and running an hour on Saturdays & Sundays. These days I’m setting my Gym Boss for 3ish minutes on, and 45 seconds rest, which means I get regular waking intervals to keep my heart rate down and in check.

I hope to run for at least another month or so – so, if you are pregnant and thinking about running, here are my top tips…

* Only run during pregnancy if your body is used to it. I’ve run for years, run marathons, and am generally conditioned to run. Pregnancy is not the time to start anything new.

* listen to your body! A few times I’ve gone out and felt heavy, lethargic and generally not in the mood to run. Instead of pushing it, I’ve either walked or gone back home, and jumped back into bed to watch Peppa Pig with Lacie. I’m not out to break any records, just stay healthy (and sane) during my pregnancy.

* Expect to run slower than you’re used too. This can be hard for some, but not me. I’m just so happy to still be running at this point. I didn’t run when I was carrying Lacie and really missed it!

* Plan your route and know there as toilets you can stop at. I always stop for a quick wee around 20 mins into my run. Most of the time I get there and actually think ‘wow, that was a pathetic wee!’ but with extra pressure on your bladder it feels like I really need to go and then that’s all I can think about for the whole run.

* Don’t get distracted. Gone are the days when I can run and admire people’s houses, gardens, front doors and generally anything other than the path in front of me. Your gait and your balance change when you’re pregnant so it’s easy to fall over or lose your balance. I’ve meant my lesson the hard way – watch where you’re going and be mindful of every step.

* Take your phone. When I fell over I was lucky to be pretty close home (although the ten minute walk home with tears streaming down my face felt for ever!). If I’d had my phone, I could of called Mark, who probably would of come and got me, or just generally reassured me that I’m ok and to help me compose myself.

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I think that’s it! Obviously wearing the right trainers (I love Asics) and sports bra (always Cake Maternity) are a must. I always go and get re-measured when I’m pregnant because your chest changes massively when pregnant and you’re advised not to wear under wired bras and anything too restrictive.

My measurements;
Every week since finding out I was expecting I’ve been measuring myself. Here are my measurements to date. It’s a great way of not stressing about the pounds on the scale & keeping check of how your body is changing.

8 Weeks pregnant
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 28
Belly Button: 29
Hips: 35.5
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

23 Weeks
Chest: 32.5 inches
Waist (smallest): 29.5 (+1.5 inches)
Belly Button: 31.5 (+2.5 inches)
Hips: 36.5 ((+1 inche)
Legs: 19.5
Arms: 10.5

 

Nuna Pipa Carseat Review

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to do some writing for Made For Mums. I am one of their reviewers and for my first project tested the Nuna Pipa carseat.

Here’s what I had to say about it, which can also be found on the Made For Mums Website.

The Nuna PIPA was created by a team of Dutch designers with the aim of designing products that not only look good, but are also super functional. As parents themselves, the idea behind the brand is that they want to help take some of the hard work out of parenting, so it can be enjoyed with as little stress as possible. They certainly did this with the PIPA car seat.

Since launching at the end of 2013, the PIPA has won a whole host of prizes including a silver award in the Best Group 0+ Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Prima Baby Awards, a silver award in the Best Specialist Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Mother and Baby Awards, a red dot award while also being named the Most High-Tech car seat in the USA’s 2013 The Bump: Best of Baby Awards. It was also a nominated finalist in the child restraints category for the USA’s 2013 JPMA Innovation Award.

These awards are well-deserved in my opinion as the car seat is chic, sturdy and most importantly safe. It felt bulletproof yet comfortable for my precious 11-week old daughter, Lacie.

What safety features does it have?
The first outings in the car with a newborn can often be stressful. Have I put the car seat in correctly? Is it secure? Is she comfortable? All these questions can dampen your trip home from the hospital when actually you should be on cloud nine. With the Nuna PIPA, you can rest assured that the toughest safety standards have been met; it has a five-point harness to keep the little one in place and has a heavy duty shell made out of super resilient, top of the line plastics. The upper portion of the seat is also covered with energy absorbing foam, whilst the seat also boosts side impact protection.

How easy was it to fit in the car?
The instructions were easy to read with numbered images helping to explain everything you need to know, and the car seat came fully assembled in the box, so it was all ready to go. I loved how easy it was to fit into the car using the seatbelt, plus how easy it was to get in the right position – there is a blue line on the side, which needs to be horizontal to the chair. This stops the baby’s head falling forward, which not only looks incredibly uncomfortable on their fragile neck, but could also constrict their airway and cause a breathing issues. To make things even easier, you can but the PIPA ISOFIX base, which allows you to fit the seat into to car in less than five seconds with two easy steps. This comes at a cost though…

How comfortable was it?
My daughter looked super cozy and seating in a nice position and for once I wasn’t stressing if she was comfortable. The UV shield was also handy for blocking the sun out of her eyes, and just simply flips out without you having to stop and fiddle with it, plus the adjustable handle bar was nicely positioned which meant I could hang some toys of it. This made me, and her happy, as they distracted her and swung too and fro with the motion of the car.

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Was it good value for money?
It’s not cheap. The seat itself retails at £150 and if you go for the ISOFIX base option, then that’s another £130. But there’s also lots of features that will blow your mind, like the three crotch buckle positions, the padded insert, which is designed for newborns and can be removed when necessary – and the three different handle positions.  However, don’t be daunted, this chair will seat your baby until they reach 13kg so you don’t need to know everything straight away. You can adjust things as they grow and keep referring back to the manual as and when you have more time.

Who is the Nuna PIPA best for?
Safety-conscious parents who want a few extra features and don’t mind paying for them. It’s also perfect for those looking for a chair that will last and grow with their child.

In a nutshell
The Nuna PIPA is a solid all-rounder. Yes, it’s a brand that you might not of heard of, but lots of thought has gone into this car seat; the dream drape is perfect for sleepy newborns, which magically tucks away into a zipped compartment on top of the hood, the UV sun protector is perfect for sunny days, which you simply flip  out from inside hood and the fact that it fits little ones from 4-32 pounds, makes it a pretty good investment.

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